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Dana Schorr: 1952-2015

A Life Wild and Free

From international meetings to foreign bars, Dana Schorr could use his polylingual charm to get people talking despite cultural and linguistic barriers. Read story.

Barbara Sonia Adams, aka Madame Rosinka: 1947-2014

Wishing the World Well

She made many people’s dreams come true by helping them believe in themselves; her positive attitude was contagious. Read story.

Rosa Margaret Pace: 1929-2015

Celebrated Chumash Elder and Tribal Advocate

Rosa Margaret Pace helped modernize the Chumash reservation and founded its first medical clinic. Read story.

Bob Whitney: 1941-2015

A Warrior for the Environment

Remembered fondly by all who worked with him, Bob Whitney helped preserve significant areas in Santa Barbara and Northern California. Read story.

Karen Sinsheimer, 1942 - 2015

Curator of Photography at Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Willy Chamberlin: 1940-2015

Expert in County Politics and Team Penning

The former county supervisor brought political power to the North County when he won and lost the same election in 1992. Read story.

Erno Daniel: 1946-2015

Pioneer in Geriatric Medicine

Erno Daniel, MD, practiced at Sansum Clinic since 1978 and was an early pioneer in dementia and Alzheimer's disease, lecturing across the country and writing extensively on the topics. Read story.

Merlyn Kelly: 1941 - 2014

Police Officer, Gentleman, and a Gentle Man

The Santa Barbara Police Department family remembers Merlyn Kelly as a kind and gutsy public servant. Read story.

Gwendolyn DeBard Strong: 2007-2015

A Young, Yet Full, Life Lived

In her 7 years and 9 months, Gwendolyn Strong touched the hearts of many and gave birth to a foundation to fight spinal muscular atrophy. Read story.

Vivian ‘Vie’ Marie Hapeman Obern: 1921 - 2015

Restored Hope House, Championed Trails, a Dedicated Volunteer

Children, bicycles, horses, history, and trails — all became the focus of Vie Obern's forward-looking civic efforts. Read story.

Debby Davison: 1950-2015

Longtime News Anchor, Exceptional Friend

Debby Davison anchored newscasts for KEYT for almost two decades and was a frequent host for charitable events after arriving in Santa Barbara in 1990. Read story.

George (Jürgen) Wittenstein: 1919-2015

A Member of WWII's White Rose

Dr. George Wittenstein was one of the only survivors of Nazi Germany's White Rose resistance group. Read story.

Antonio Martinez Guevara

1924-2015

The patriarch to a large family of children, friends, and customers, Tony Guevara also turned his hand often to repairs. Read story.

Audie Love: 1941-2015

A Teacher in a Million

Audie Love was a noted art teacher nationally, and his encouragement of many students led to professional art careers. Read story.

Cliff Sponsel: 1910 - 2014

Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Cliff Sponsel's life spanned from a one-room schoolhouse to an engineering career to a love of cars to some major philanthropy. Read story.

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Alan P. Fryer, Jr.

DATE OF BIRTH: December 7, 1926 DATE OF DEATH: January 10, 2017 AGE: 90 RESIDENCE: Goleta, CA ... Read

Audrey Ann Meitz

DATE OF BIRTH: 01-07-1926 DATE OF DEATH: 01-11-2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial ... Read

Theresa Fagnan

DATE OF DEATH: 12/31/2016 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Formerly of Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Graveside Service will ... Read

Ralph Denis Goubeaux

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR RALPH DENIS GOUBEAUX March 31, 1938-December 14, 2016 78 years old Saturday, January ... Read

Sylvia Ann Franco

DATE OF BIRTH: June 19, 1940 DATE OF DEATH: January 6, 2017 AGE: 76 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Dr. Bernard Gondos

Dr. Bernard Gondos born in New York Jan 6 1935, died unexpectedly on Jan 2nd 2017. He ... Read

Gloria (Doddie) Alvarado

Gloria (Doddie) Alvarado passed Monday January 2, 2017. Doddie was a devoted wife and mother. Married to ... Read

John Barlow Olson

John Barlow Olson, beloved son, brother, uncle, great-uncle, cousin, friend and long time Santa Barbara resident, passed ... Read

Ruth Elizabeth Baar

December 26, 1922-January 8, 2017 Ruth was born the day after Christmas in Suffern, NY to John ... Read

Theresa A. Baran

Date of Death: January 4, 2017 Age: 85 Residence: Goleta, CA Services: Viewing will be Thursday, January ... Read

Maria Luisa Garcia y Soler de Menzel

DATE OF BIRTH: May 22, 1920 DATE OF DEATH: January 9, 2017 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Roderick (Rod) Paul Stevens

Rod Stevens passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of January 2, 2017 at the age of ... Read

Yvette Cecile Stanley

On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Yvette Stanley passed peacefully from this world, with her husband Kriss Stanley ... Read

Michael Peter Jogoleff

DATE OF BIRTH: March 24, 1946 DATE OF DEATH: January 7, 2017 AGE: 70 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Ofelia Ortega

Ofelia Ortega, 81, left her mark as she was an enthusiastic, generous and loving person. She came ... Read

Matt Wilson

Celebration of Life Please join friends and family for a Celebration of Life for Matt Wilson this ... Read

Margaret Ann Harper

Margaret, beloved wife of Walter died of internal medical problems in Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara on 3rd ... Read

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