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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.

Clare Conk: 1922-2015

Self-Taught Attorney, Social Justice Advocate

At Community Housing, California Rural Legal Assistance, and S.B.'s Legal Defense Center, Clare Conk worked and volunteered her time for social justice. Read story.

Dr. John D. Ehrenborg: 1927 - 2015

Innovative Educator

A student at Hope School and a longtime principal at Monte Vista, John Ehrenborg encouraged teachers' talents and innovations. Read story.

John Steven Harris: 1942-2015

Bodyworker Extraordinaire

An innovative teacher, John Harris had an uncanny knack with trigger points and big, soft, warm, intelligent, responsive hands and feet. Read story.

Alberto Paul Pizano: 1931-2015

A Modern-Day Renaissance Man

Alberto Pizano was a multitalented man who founded nonprofits and had a passion for history. He truly excelled in his ability to communicate through the written word. Read story.

Ronald J. Faoro, DVM: 1954-2015

The Saint of St. Francis Pet Clinic

As a veterinarian, Ron had an intelligence, charisma, and passion that were unparalleled. Many of his first clients remain to this day. Read story.

Tony Johansen: 1937 - 2015

Creator of the Glendessary Jam

Tony Johansen was a mentor to dozens, if not hundreds, of musicians in the Santa Barbara area. Read story.

Jeremy Dennis Hass: 1936-2014

Attorney, Social Engineer, Historian

Pearl Chase encouraged Jeremy Hass to become a social engineer on behalf of historic preservation, and he helped restore the Presidio neighborhood as we know it today. Read story.

Sandra K. Smith: 1946-2014

Loving Kindness Her Religion

Loving kindness was Sandy Smith's religion, and she put her philosophy into practice every day. Read story.

Louise Boucher: 1930 – 2013

Dedicated Preservationist, Community Crusader

Few people knew Louise was looking over the shoulder of everything that is "Santa Barbara," right up to the end. Read story.

Joseph Scher: 1924 - 2014

Accomplished Mentor and Pragmatic Philanthropist

His wit and wise counsel earned Joe admirers; his kindness and loyalty brought him friends and the love of family. Read story.

Larry Agenbroad: 1933 – 2014

Mammoth Expert, Dear Friend

Known the world over for his expertise, Larry Agenbroad researched the pygmy mammoth at the Channel Islands, hundreds of mammoths in South Dakota, and a frozen one in Siberia. Read story.

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Shirley Mae Kramer

Shirley Mae Kramer, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away peacefully at her home ... Read

Patricia A. Latham

DATE OF BIRTH: November 23, 1927 DATE OF DEATH: February 14, 2017 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria, CA ... Read

Elizabeth Caldwell Hastings

Elizabeth Caldwell Hastings MD (Betsy), an early female in medicine, passed away the 18th of February, 2017 ... Read

Robin Selby Gauss

Robin was born in Moscow, Idaho. When Robin was 4-years-old his father was killed in a logging ... Read

Banou Zolfaghari

Banou Zolfaghari was born September 24, 1921 in Tehran, Iran. Surrounded by her devoted children and niece ... Read

Stanley L. Mayer

DATE OF BIRTH: May 14, 1928 DATE OF DEATH: February 19, 2017 AGE: 88 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Stephen (Steve) Metsch

The youngest of three children, Steve was born on April 12, 1944 in the Bronx, New York, ... Read

Meiying Yue

Meiying Yue survived the tumult of civil war in China and drew on her wellspring of courage ... Read

Ms. Dondra

Dondra, a devoted mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister & friend, died peacefully at home on February 12th after ... Read

Kevin Wesley Speier

Kevin Wesley Speier was born in Santa Barbara on April 26, 1983 and departed this life on ... Read

Bryan Devin Carreno

DATE OF BIRTH: 05-28-1990 DATE OF DEATH: 02-12-2017 AGE: 26 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION:Visistation; Thursday,9am ... Read

Michael Charles David Laffey

Date of Death: February 9, 2017 Age: 62 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Funeral service will be ... Read

Else Schilling Bard

Her many grandchildren (she had 16!) called her “Omah”. To friends and family near and far she ... Read

Andrée Marie Harmer

Andrée Marie Harmer died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, February 21. She ... Read

Glenn William "Bill" Elliott

Our beloved Bill died at home on February 10, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Born June 3, ... Read

Robin S. Gauss

Robin S. Gauss left us unexpectedly 2/17/2017. He was a diver, pilot, surfer, friend, and mentor to ... Read

John "Gus" Gustave Wollschlaeger

John “Gus” Gustave Wollschlaeger, born March 2, 1959, passed away July 28, 2016. He spent most of ... Read

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