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Hunting, John Shapleigh  
Died peacefully March 8, 2016 at Villa Alamar in Santa Barbara, his home for the past seven years. Born July 23, 1943, in Pasadena, California, John is remembered for his kind friendship, inquisitive nature, and creativity, along with a love of reading, art, and music. A graduate of Polytechnic School (1958), Midland School (1961), Denison University (1965) and a student at Art Center College of Design (1965-67), John was a talented illustrator and graphic artist. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve, and worked in advertising and corporate communications. He served businesses and organizations including Broadway Department Stores, Steelcase Office Furniture, Santa Barbara News Press, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. John especially valued the friendship and spiritual support of Christ the King Episcopal Church of Goleta, California as well as the many fine staff and residents at Villa Alamar along with thoughtful caregivers from Friendship Center of Montecito, Santa Barbara County Mental Health, Home Instead of Santa Barbara, and Hospice of Santa Barbara. John Hunting is survived by his sister, Nancy (Hunting) Saunders; brother David Hunting; nieces Amy (Saunders) Simpson and Alice Hunting; nephews John Saunders and James Hunting; grandnephews Connor Simpson and Benjamin Simpson. John is predeceased by his parents Edgar H. Hunting and Alice L. Hunting, and his brother Edgar D. (Ted) Hunting. A celebration of John's life will be held at Christ the King Episcopal Church of Goleta on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. John's family recommends remembrances be directed to any of the organizations mentioned here.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Apr. 26 to Apr. 30, 2016
Immel Jr., Joseph Herbert  
Joseph Herbert Immel, Jr., died unexpectedly on April 2, 2016 after sudden cardiac arrest and a brief stay at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA. Joe was born October 28, 1952 in Rabat, Morocco. His father was a 27-year Air Force career officer who also served in the Office of Strategic Services. Joe's mother worked for many years in Contracts and Grants at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Joe is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara Kephart Immel, and their children, Joseph Herbert Immel III and Eli Logan Immel. His surviving siblings and in-laws are Penelope (Lyle) Holmgren, William (Dolores) Immel, Rebecca (Brian) Kuluris, Melissa (Robert) Meltzer, Kathy (Arthur) Wirth, and Karen Kephart. His nieces and nephews are Karissa (Ben) Ly and their son, Cameron; Nicole Mesa; William (Sarah) Immel, Jr.; Kayla Meltzer and Mackenna Meltzer. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph Herbert Immel and Bertha Williams Immel, and his mother-in-law, Vi Beebe Kephart. Joe earned his B.A. in Biology (UCSB), M.A. in Biology/Neurobiology (UCLA), and Ph.D. in Cellular and Organismal Biology (UCSB) from the University of California. He did postdoctoral research at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco, and earned a Teaching Credential from Dominican University. He worked at Sutter Instrument Company as an RandD Engineer, designing and programming scientific research equipment, and at Axon Instruments, serving as Director, Marketing and Technical Support. With his wife Barbara Immel, he ran Immel Resources LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in quality assurance for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industry. Joe became a high school science and engineering teacher at age 50, working at Technology High School on the campus of Sonoma State University. His accomplishments include starting the Biotechnical Engineering Program at Tech High, earning the Science IBI Prize (American Association for the Advancement of Science), and publishing "Root Cause Analysis for Young Engineers" in Science Magazine. He was treasurer and Board Member of the Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium (BABEC). He served on the Advisory Committee for KQED's Biotechnology eBook Project. He and his wife purchased and donated used laboratory equipment to start the Biotechnology Laboratory at Tech High. He was delighted to be named Educator of the Year by the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati in 2015. Joe loved to travel, and to remain current with world news and the latest scientific discoveries. With his immediate family, he traveled to South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Japan, Korea, France, Morocco, Tahiti, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the Bahamas, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, and on a wonderful cruise through Alaska's Inland Passage. Joe's family thanks the entire staff in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. We are grateful to the first responders of Petaluma Fire Department. We especially thank Joe's students, former students, and their parents, and Technology High School staff, teachers, and administrators, for their messages of love and support. Joe was a beloved husband, father, family member, friend, educator, and mentor. A scholarship is being established in his name, and a celebration of his life will be held this summer.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from May 1 to May 5, 2016
Keoppel, David Carl (In Memoriam)  
In memory of David Carl Keoppel.
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Published on www.newspress.com on Apr. 28, 2016
Kinsell, Lilabeth "Lil"  
June 23, 1933 - April 21, 2016 In loving memory of Lil, who passed away peace fully on April 21st , 2016. Lil was the loving mother of Rick, Mark, A.J., Sal, Cecelia, and Cindy, and spent all of her days sharing her love and care for them. She also had a special place in her heart for her daughters-in-law Therese and Stephanie. She enjoyed spending time in her garden, walking in Shoreline Park, and being surrounded by her dogs Fluffy, Sugar, K.C., and Tobey. Lil practiced real estate, enjoyed going to open houses and sharing home decorating ideas, and never passed up a great garage sale. She was so happy to live by the ocean, and watch the pelicans fly overhead. She was always positive and upbeat, and her kindness and concern for others will be missed everyday. Lil was preceded in death by her son Sal, and her daughter Cecelia. She is survived by her son Rick French and his wife Therese, grandchildren Eric, Sarah, Kellie, Mark and Tyler, 5 great grandchildren Morgan, Ethan, Emily, Trajen, and London. She is also survived by her son Mark French, son A.J., Castagnola and his wife Stephanie, granddaughter Cindy Castagnola, sisters Tina and Jeri, and many nieces and nephews. She was a loving mother and my best friend. She always selflessly cared for those around her. She gave me a wonderful life. I love you, Cindy. Services will be held at Calvary Cemetery, 199 North Hope Avenue on Thursday, April 28th at 12:00 noon. Arrangements entrusted to Welch- Ryce-Haider Mortuary.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Apr. 26 to Apr. 30, 2016
Macelhenny Jr., Bernard Joseph (In Memoriam)  
In memory of Bernard Joseph Macelhenny Jr..
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Published on www.newspress.com on Apr. 29, 2016
Matteson Ph.D., Lynn R. (In Memoriam)  
In memory of Lynn R. Matteson Ph.D..
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Published on www.newspress.com on Apr. 30, 2016
Monarrez Jr., Rafael "Lito, Ralph" (In Memoriam)  
In memory of Rafael "Lito, Ralph" Monarrez Jr..
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Published on www.newspress.com on Apr. 28, 2016
Montano, Laurence (In Memoriam)  
In memory of Laurence Montano.
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Published on www.newspress.com on Apr. 30, 2016
Schlesinger, Perla "Pepi" (In Memoriam)  
In memory of Perla "Pepi" Schlesinger.
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Published on www.newspress.com on Apr. 30, 2016
Severson, Troy Douglas  
54,died suddenly of cancer on Apr 20, 2016. Troy was born Feb 10, 1962 in Minneapolis to Mary Lou Rothgarn Rocha and Dave Severson as the youngest of three children. The family moved to California in 1963, and Troy spent his pre-teen years in Orange County. Troy and his father moved to Santa Barbara in 1978, where Troy attended Santa Barbara High. He quickly developed life-long friendships and an artistic flare that developed into a 22-year career at Tri-Valley Trophy in Goleta. In 2001, Troy started his industrial engraving business, Severson Engraving. Troy married the girl of his dreams, Sami Glover, on Oct 3, 2009. In July 2011, the couple purchased a unique church which they began to remodel into their home. Troy's personality and sense of humor made everyone feel welcome when he prepared his Cajun style food for family and friends. Troy and Sami were active in a pool league in Ojai and members of the Ojai Valley Moose Lodge. Troy is survived by his wife, Sami Glover; mother, Mary Lou (Vincent Jimmie) Rocha; father, David Severson; sister, Dawn Root; brother, Todd (Marie) Severson; and many other relatives. Troy will be missed dearly by many friends, to whom the family extends their gratitude for their assistance. We will celebrate Troy's life on April 28, at 2 pm at the Ojai Valley Moose Lodge, 382 Ventura Ave in Oak View. In lieu flowers, donations can be made in Troy's name to Serenity House, 930 Miramonte Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Apr. 27 to May 1, 2016
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