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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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Socorro M. Ramirez

DATE OF DEATH: 8/17/2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Funeral Mass on Thursday at 10:00am, ... Read

JoAnne Johnson

DATE OF DEATH: 8/18/2017 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: N/A Read

Sylvia Suryadi Garcia

DATE OF BIRTH: 04-10-1973 DATE OF DEATH: 08-16-2017 AGE: 44 RESIDENCE: Formerly of Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE ... Read

Jasmine Murphy

3 years ago my life forever changed when you passed away. Not one day minute or second ... Read

Hunter Gough

On your birthday, a wonderful tribute from our dear friend. We love you Hunter… Mom, Dad and ... Read

Carl Stanton Young

DATE OF DEATH: 8/2/2017 AGE: 83 RESIDENCE: Goleta. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Memorial Service will be held at ... Read

Bernice Sciorra Anfuso

Army veteran, high-school English teacher, travel agent, active parishioner at Old Mission Santa Barbara (lector/docent/office assistant), and ... Read

Peter Ewanick

Peter Ewanick was born on 23 May 1919 in Forestville, Pennsylvania, to Ukrainian immigrants who had fled ... Read

Robert Leon Casier

Robert (Bob) Casier, a popular local professor of political science and a leading faculty figure in the ... Read

Daniel J. Meaney III

Daniel J. Meaney III, age 57, died at his home in Fortuna, California, on the night of ... Read

Winifred "Freddie" Mae Jorgensen

“Freddie” Jorgensen died peacefully at her Maravilla home in Santa Barbara, California on August 12, 2017. She ... Read

Penelope "Penny" Gemar

County Residence: Carpinteria Date of Death: 08/05/2017 Age: 73 Occupation: Homemaker Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Margo Chase

Margo Su Chase lost her life in an airplane accident on July 22 in Apple Valley. Margo ... Read

Stephen A. Katz

Stephen A. Katz, sixty-one, of Santa Barbara, died peacefully at home on August 5th after a battle ... Read

Carlos Jimenez Sr.

DOD: 08/01/17 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICES: Friday, August 11 at 10:00am at our Lady ... Read

Theresa Savala

DOD: 08/02/17 AGE: 77 RESIDENCE: Orcutt, CA SERVICES: N/A Read

Elbert George Wells III

Elbert George Wells III, age 63 of Santa Barbara, Ca passed away of natural causes on July ... Read

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