Josephine Sneddon

Date of Birth

March 26, 1929

Date of Death

November 5, 2021

City of Death

Santa Barbara

Josephine Sneddon was born on March 26, 1929 in Santa Barbara to Nellie Pommier and Herbert Lausch. She died at the age of 92 on November 5, 2021 of congestive heart failure. At the age of 2 Josephine was adopted by Nellie Pommier’s second husband John Mercado who taught her to speak Spanish. Josephine worked as a waitress at the El Patio restaurant for years and then at the West Beach Motor Lodge for Mr. and Mrs. Gildea. She was an avid sailor and tennis player. But her favorite pastime was gardening and walking her dog in Shoreline Park. Josephine was a direct descendant of Maria de los Angeles, daughter of Chumash Chief of Dos Pueblos, Daniel Hill, Nicolas Den and Jose Francisco Ortega. Josephine was married to Albert La Cava and then to Robert Sneddon. She is survived by her husband Robert Sneddon, son Robert La Cava (Orien Armstrong), Sisters, Margaret Baker and Dolores La Cava. She was preceded in death by her brother Jack Mercado. Josephine died exactly as she wished – peacefully at home. Donations may be made to Hospice of Santa Barbara.


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