Mary Lou Kravetz

Date of Birth

August 8, 1944

Date of Death

November 13, 2016

Mary Lou Kravetz, age 72, passed away in Santa Barbara, CA on Sunday November 13th, 2016 after a two year battle with cancer.

Mary Lou was born in Hollywood, CA to Casey and Adelaide Onaitis and was raised in the San Fernando Valley. She and her husband Gary were married in 1970, settled in Santa Monica, and raised two daughters. In 1986 she received her Master’s degree in Library Science from UCLA. She worked as librarian at the Rand Corporation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Library of California. She also worked as an accountant for her daughter and son-in-law’s company, Underdog Media, until October of this year. She volunteered with many organizations: the American Chamber Symphony in Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara Non-Profit Support Center, Unite to Light, Sansum Medical Library and Planned Parenthood. Mary Lou enjoyed reading, biking, painting, traveling, dance class, Scrabble and spending time with friends and family. She was an active member of the Santa Barbara Newcomers Club and the Santa Barbara Graduates. Above all, Mary Lou had a special gift of making everyone she knew feel important, valued and loved.

She is survived by her loving husband Gary of 46 years, her children (Laura Mihalka, Bethy Fineberg) sons-in-law (Shayne Mihalka and Matt Fineberg) and grandchildren (Erin, Allison, Casey and Zachary). Donations in her honor can be made to Planned Parenthood.


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