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Passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at home in Santa Barbara, California. Nic was born in Glendale, California on August 18, 1978, the son of Roger and Marilynn Enns, brother to Christian and sister Brook. He grew up on the north side of Santa Barbara where he enjoyed his entire life as friend to many.  During his short time with us he became an artist and craftsmand highly skilled in all aspects of stone and metal sculptures. He was a plant enthusiast with a variety of cactus and orchids that brought him hours of joy as he worked in his garden. He was caring and sensitive with all he encountered. Nic enjoyed golfing with his brother and friends at Hidden Oaks Golf Course where he was a scratch player and even made a hole in one on the fourth tee. He enjoyed karaoke at The Tiburon on Fridays and was known for his love of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Nic helped his father with construction over the past 25 years. He was knowledgeable in electrical, pipe fitting, water wells, pumps, hydraulic valves, meters, and tractor operations. He worked with his father through thick and thin, always staying true to his family and becoming an invaluable member of Enco Water. His love of the mountains and his uncle's ranch were highlights in his life. He used his artistic touch on all aspects of his life and will be forever in our hearts. His dog Mason will miss him, as he cared for animals of all kinds. We love and miss you Nic.
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On February 26th, 2015 Lucia Korolev passed away peacefully in her home. Lucia was a much loved and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She had a heart of gold and deeply loved her family, friends, nature and Jesus. Her passions included photography, gardening, cooking and baking. She was a perfectionist in all that she did. Lucia won many awards for the orchids and roses she grew along with the beautiful cakes she made and decorated. She worked in the electronics industry from which she retired. Lucia was born in Belarus on August 18, 1926 on a farm in a small valley. She lived in Russia, Germany and Italy before coming to New York with her husband and youngest son in 1950 through the Tolstoy Foundation. The family moved to Santa Barbara in 1960. In between raising her children and working full-time she attended night school where she learned to read, write and speak English. Lucia was also fluent in Russian, German and Italian. She was so proud to become a U.S. citizen. Prior to attending Santa Barbara Community Church she attended Trinity Baptist Church and on occasion the Russian-Ukrainian Churches and Bible studies. Lucia was preceded in death by her husband Alex Korolev and her son Eugene Cardullo. She is survived by her daughter, Nina Thompson, son, Michael Korolev, grandchildren Rudy Sorensen, Marian Sorensen, Brock Thompson, Jill Lewis Kennedy, Clint Lewis, Danika Jeter, Michael Korolev, Jr., 15 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Her funeral service will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Santa Barbara Cemetery Chapel. Viewing will be from 12:00 - 12:45. The closed casket service will begin at 1:00 pm. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider.
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We are sad to announce that Roberto passed away March 1, 2015 after an extended illness. Roberto Corral was born in 1935 and raised in Los Herreras, Durango, Mexico where he lived a happy childhood with his six brothers, two sisters, and community of friends. As a determined young adult he moved to the United States in the early 1960's and established himself in Santa Barbara, eventually marrying his wife Angela and raising six children. Roberto was known for the "spark" of life he brought to the world. He had the rare ability to bring happiness to those around him and was known for being gracious and kind to everyone he met. He was a true humanitarian and generous with friends, extended family and neighbors. He was very much focused on his family and was a role model to his children and grandchildren, greatly supporting them in their high school, college, and graduate educations and careers. His light truly shined bright. He worked for over 33 years for R.P. Richards Construction on a variety of projects across the Central Coast including the Santa Barbara Public Library. He enjoyed playing the guitar, cultivating orchids and spending time in his garden growing a variety of plants and flowers. Most of all he dearly loved Angela, his wife of 51 years. Roberto was greatly loved and will be missed by his wife, three sons, three daughters, four living brothers and his 14, soon to be 16, grandchildren. He is also survived by a large network of friends and family. While we are saddened by our loss, we rejoice in the life he led, the joy he gave us and the impact he had in the world?we will miss him. A Rosary is scheduled for Roberto on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. and a funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., both at Holy Cross Catholic Church.
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10/15/1952-2/16/2015 Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jim attended the University of San Francisco but graduated from UC Santa Barbara. He started work in the food service industry while working his way through college and, after graduating, began his career in food service (including a brief stint with the Sambo's franchise) before discovering the real estate business. Under his mentor, Harry Heron at Gallery of Homes, Jim excelled at real estate sales, winning countless awards for top production. He bought his first home at 23 years old. After earning his broker's license, Jim started his own real estate brokerage before settling into investment and property management. Jim was a kind, funny, and unceasingly generous soul. He devoted his time to the Lion's Club, the PARC Foundation, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Council, and many other nonprofits that make Santa Barbara the outstanding community that it is. He gave generously to countless charities, believing that his good fortune in life should be shared with those less fortunate. When he learned he had cancer, Jim responded by increasing his travel schedule to cross as many things off his bucket list as possible, traveling to South America, Antarctica, New Zealand, Australia, and Bali. Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan, and his daughter, Morgan, as well as his mother Anna and brothers Stephen, Michael and John. Jim wanted neither funeral nor memorial, asking instead for a party of family and friends to celebrate life. He was a good man. We thank Dr. Julie Taguchi and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care for their help and support.
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With great sadness, the family of Richard Anthony Franco announces his passing on February 25th, 2015, at the age of 67, after a very long struggle with kidney cancer. Richard was born on October 28th, 1947 in Santa Barbara. He grew up in sleepy Carpinteria of the fifties, where he developed a lifelong love of the beach. He attended Carpinteria schools, always involved in athletics and especially excelling in basketball. He graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1964 then proudly served in the U.S. Army, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry of the First Infantry Division, completing a tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon his return to civilian life, he attended SBCC and graduated from California State University, San Diego. He spent his working career as an accountant and tax preparer, eventually retiring from Northrop Grumman Corporation where he made a number of lifelong friends. Richard is survived by his son, Anthony, 18; his mother, Lela Franco; siblings Bob Franco (Elene), Teddi Caudillo (David), Becky Jackson (John), Patty Pimentel (Vince) and numerous other family members. Special thanks to nieces Cathy Caudillo and Denise Kephart, who were instrumental in his care. Richard leaves family and friends with fond memories of his big laugh, his love of the beach and surfing, and even that sneeze of his that never failed to make everyone jump! Richard was known for being happy and always ready for fun. We will miss him greatly. Services will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Carpinteria on Friday, March 6th. A rosary is scheduled for 10:30 am, followed by mass at 11:00 am. After a graveside ceremony, a reception will be held at St. Joseph's hall, 1532 Linden Ave. in Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Richard's name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara or to St. Joseph's Church in Carpinteria.
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Born June 3, 1934 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; passed away February 26, 2015 in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after a brief acute illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. He attended Wauwatosa High school, active in orchestra, choir, and school musicals. He attended the University of Wisconsin and obtained a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1957. He began his work career at AC Spark Plug in Milwaukee working on missile inertial guidance electronics. His post-graduate education continued at Marquette University in Milwaukee in control systems analysis and computer design. After spending 12 months in 1962 at the MIT Draper Lab in Boston working on Apollo inertial navigation, they returned to the Milwaukee area. In 1972 the Kraemer family was transferred to Santa Barbara, California to continue working on Apollo navigation. In 1978 he joined the Automotive R/D department, supporting Delco Electronics in Kokomo, Indiana. In 1982 he became Automotive Department Head. Later he worked on C17 Avionics and Gunship fire control, and retired in 1995. In July 1957 he married Erna Kottenhahn, a registered nurse. Richard is survived by his wife, Erna, their three children and spouses, Douglas (wife Sue), Kristine (husband Eric Robbins), and Terry (husband Matt Grimes) and seven grandchildren Josh, Brett and Colleen Robbins, Daniel and Andrew Grimes, and Anna and James Kraemer. Richard is also survived by his sister Katherine Kleist and sister-in-law Mary Kraemer. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Irene Kraemer and brother Thomas Kraemer. His hobbies included singing classical and church music, digital photography, stained glass, genealogy, woodworking and real estate investment. He especially enjoyed his 38 years singing with the choir at the St. Barbara Parish at the Old Mission. Other activities included Civil Grand Jury, working at the polls, and editing the Delco Retirees Newsletter. The Kraemer family traveled many times to Europe, including England, Germany, France, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, and Milan, Italy. In 2010 another trip to Italy with the St. Barbara Parish Choir at the Old Mission that included singing for the Pope at the Vatican and also at five other cathedrals in Italy. A funeral Mass is planned for Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Barbara Parish at the Old Mission. A celebration of his life will follow the mass, place TBA. The Rite of Commitment will be at a later date at The Historic Mausoleum at Old Mission Santa Barbara . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Santa Barbara Genealogical Society, 316 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara.
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Born Nellie Elaine Russman on 2-21-16 she left us on Feb. 20th, 2015 just one day shy of her 99th birthday. She was one of 5 children born to Chester and Erma (Brewer) Russman in La Moille, Illinois and raised in nearby Princeton. She spoke of a happy childhood and was very close to her family. She lived many places. First in Chicago near her uncle and graduated from the Chicago School of Dancing. She had a dance studio of her own. She wed Elmo "Jimmy" Miller for a short time until a car versus train accident, in which Jimmy died and Elaine was seriously hurt. Then off to the southwest and work at the base where her brother, Dale, was stationed. Finally in the mid 40's she came to Santa Barbara and married August Smaniotto and had a happy marriage for 64 years until his passing in 2011. They fell asleep holding hands every night. What's more beautiful than that? She so enjoyed evenings out with friends, dancing, boating, and loving her dogs. She worked as an executive secretary for state and county agencies. They ran a motel in Kingman, Arizona for several years then early retirement. Many years were spent traveling the U.S. in a motor home.  Family was so important to them both. She visited her mom on Mother's Day almost every year. She really treasured a weekly call from her surviving brother, Dick, and wife Jean from Osage Beach, Missouri. And a nightly call from her niece, Ernie (Smaniotto) Patrick. She was a great hostess and conversationalist. No wonder they had so many visits from family and long time friends. She had 11 nieces and nephews plus 8 more on Augie's side (only 2 have passed). Along with them, their children, grandchildren, and greatgrands, she had a big warm family that loved her greatly. We're all happy she passed away so calmly. Her ashes will be in the ocean with Augie's. Please come celebrate her life at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E. Sola St., Saturday, March 7th at 1:00 P.M.
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