Gayle Susan Tower Brinkenhoff
1956 - 2013, Santa Barbara
September 8, 1956 – July 12, 2013
Gayle Susan Tower Brinkenhoff was born to Stuart Tower and the late Judith BrookerTower in Framingham, Massachusetts on September 8, 1956. In 1957, she moved with her family to Southern California and spent most of the rest of her life here.
Gayle was the locking link in her uniquely close and adoring family. Her courageous twenty-five year battle with metastatic breast cancer exemplified that it is possible to live a full, meaningful, passionate life, even in the face of a fatal diagnosis. Her courage, her empathy, her authenticity and her sense-of-humor will be painfully missed by all who knew and loved her
Gayle is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, Dr. Michael Brinkenhoff; sons, Shane Cohn and Jesse Brinkenhoff; daughter and son-in-law, Dariel and Erin Sidney; step-daughters, Rachel and Rebecca Brinkenhoff; step-sons, Joshua and Daniel Brinkenhoff; her proud dad, Stuart Tower (and Roslyn Schlessinger) of Los Angeles; brother and sister-in-law, Barney and Rosie Tower of Ojai; sister and brother-in-law Hilary and David Bloom of the San Fernando Valley; and dear nephew and niece, Eric and Cayla Bloom.
Gravesite services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, July 15th at Santa Barbara Cemetery in Montecito.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:
“City of Hope / Gayle Research Fund”
PO Box 23306
Ventura, CA 93002