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Janet Marcelle Jankowski (Smith), age 59, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on June 11, 2015. Born in Santa Barbara on Oct. 29, 1955 to Frank C. Smith Jr. and Madeleine A. Smith, Janet is part of the fifth generation of Smiths in Santa Barbara. She is pre-deceased by her husband Jon (12/17,11), mother Madeleine (9/8/07), father Frank (6/26/09), stepmother June (11/21/09) and brother Kevin (8/27/10). Janet is survived by sisters Sharon Johnson Edell (Dean) of Branscomb; Maureen Waugh Sobota (Michael) of Santa Barbara; nephews, Whitney (Andrea), and Dylan Johnson, and niece, Dana Johnson; as well as stepsisters Susan and Elizabeth Edelmann. Janet graduated from San Marcos High School in 1973 and from San Francisco State University in1978. For over twenty years, Janet worked in various office administration positions, primarily in the San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Ventura areas. Janet was passionate about the things she loved: animals, especially cats, music, the Beatles and old movies. She was athletic and was an avid surfer from her teenage years at Hope Ranch Beach. She also loved dancing of all kinds and performed Flamenco in a troupe for the Santa Barbara Fiesta. During her twenties and thirties she traveled through Europe, Guatemala, and Mexico. After meeting her soul mate, Jon Jankowski, they traveled together and pursued their dream of living in the Caribbean for a short while. When they returned to the United States, she enthusiastically embraced Jon's passion for bike riding and rode across country with him in the early 1990's. After their adventuring years, Janet and Jon settled in San Francisco and later in Santa Barbara, where they were married in 1992. They moved to Ventura where they purchased their beloved home in 2003 and continued to enjoy the beach, biking and gardening around their lovely home. Friends and family will always remember Janet for her adventurous and feisty spirit, her enthusiasm, humor and sensitivity. A memorial in celebration of Janet's life will be held Sunday, July 12. For more information call Maureen at: (805) 564-1281 or email sharonedell @gmail.com.
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72, died on July 2, 2015, after a courageous 20 year battle with prostate cancer.  He was surrounded by his three loving sons, Brian, Aaron and Mike Gravitz as well as Leslie Gravitz, his childhood sweetheart whom he met first in 1960. Born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, son of Philip and Sophie Gravitz, and brother of Melvin and Sidney Gravitz, Herb dedicated his life to his family and helping others. Dr. Gravitz graduated from the University of Maryland in Psychology going on to receive his Masters and Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. He is a founding Board Member of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) and authored Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics which sold well over half a million copies and is published in multiple languages worldwide. In addition, he authored six other well-known books: Words that Heal, OCD: New Help for the Family, Unlocking the Doors to Triumph, Genesis: Spirituality in Recovery From Childhood Traumas, Trauma: A Crucible for Excellence, and The Bright Side of Illness: Cancer and Other Illnesses. Dr. Gravitz' commitment to healing started at a young age as his family's losses during the Holocaust stoked his desire to help ease others pain. He transformed his thirst for knowledge and learning into his counseling. His dedication to this goal is evident through the thousands of books he read over the years, almost all of them underlined with personal notes . Those who knew Herb, knew his smile lit up the room. That smile and love will shine down upon all of us in our memories and live on as part of us forever. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 7th at 2pm at Santa Barbara Cemetery located at 901 Channel Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Herb can made to Chabad of Santa Barbara at 6047 Stow Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93117, attention Rabbi Loschak.
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Of Santa Ynez, California passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California. Andy was born on January 10, 1935 to Nada and Paul Johnson. He grew up in Indiana and Cypress, California. He worked in the redwood business for over 60 years. In 1953, Andy and his dad started Johnson Sawdust Company in Cypress, CA. As a result of their research, redwood sawdust became widespread for commercial use as growing media for nursery, landscape, and garden industries. Then in 1967 after his dad retired, Andy started RSA Soil Products. In the 1970?s Andy started AJ Ranch in Stanton, Ca. He enjoyed living on the ranch, racing horses at Los Alamitos Race Track and going on horse camping trips with his friends and family. In 1978, Andy and Claire moved to the Santa Ynez Valley and bought River Bend Ranch. He loved to fly his plane, work on his street rods and vacation in his motor home. Andy was the President of the Santa Barbara Trailriders and a member for 36 years. He was also a member of the Rancheros Vistadores, Los Picadore Camp for 14 years. He is survived by his wife Claire of Santa Ynez, daughters Keri Lieberman and Connie Stewart and Grandchildren; Monique, Sarah, Cliff, Jayson, Justin and Jessica. Preceding him in death was his son Larry Johnson. A private graveside service for the family is planned at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, California. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Andy?s Life to be held at 12:00pm on Wednesday July 8th at the Santa Ynez Equestrian Center located at 195 North Refugio Rd in Santa Ynez. (Turn right on Mesa Verde and it will be the third driveway on the left.) Friends may remember the 'Santa Ynez Equestrian Center and Therapeutic Riding Group' with contributions. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.
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Dec. 23, 1932 - June 27,2015 Patricia (Pat) Schalla passed away on Saturday, June 27 2015, at the age of 82. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Leonard Schalla. Pat was born in Muskegan, Michigan, the daughter of William and Gladys Wylie, sister to James Wylie. At the age of 14 she met her life-long mate, Leonard (Len), and they were married five years later, in January 1952. Len and Pat moved to California in 1956, settling in the Santa Barbara area. There they raised four children: Steven, Kimberly, Karen, and Janet. Throughout her life, Pat worked with her husband in a number of successful businesses. After they both retired in 1999, Pat and Len enjoyed traveling. They spent many summers on Vancouver Island with their boat, and then later at their cabin in the Southern Sierra. Pat was a strong matriarch of the family. She enjoyed many family gatherings at her home, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Holiday tea parties with her daughters and granddaughters, and travel with her husband throughout the country and abroad. Pat was an outstanding quilter and knitter. She made quilts for all of her 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren (with 2 more on the way). Pat enjoyed her weekly bridge group and she maintained a strong bond with a dear group of friends who were part of a national sorority. She was a consistent source of love and light to all those she met. Pat will be remembered by her loving family and friends for her kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity towards others in need. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Pat was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. Memorial services will be July 13th at 11AM at the First United Methodist Church located at 305 E. Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the services.
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On the evening of Tuesday, June 23, 2015, surrounded by his wife Theresa and his loving family, Anthony "Tony" Muñoz, was called by our Lord to join Him in eternal rest to be free of all further physical sufferings. Tony was born May 18, 19'39 in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico to Irene Leon and Manuel Muñoz as the 2nd child in a family which would grow to one of eight brothers and four sisters. Tony recently celebrated his 76th birthday and, on June 11th, celebrated the 55th Anniversary of his marriage to the love of his life, Theresa, or as Tony always referred to her, "Huera." Tony was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Ernesto "Huero" Corral, and is survived by his wife Theresa, his son Anthony Jr., his daughters Rachel, Yvonne and Yolanda, eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, seven brothers, four sisters, many, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Theresa and Tony's entire family wish to thank Tony's caregivers, especially Luz and Mercedes, for the loving care provided to Tony in his final days, and along with all the staff of Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care. A Rosary Service for Tony will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1740 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, on Wednesday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church the following morning, Thursday, July 9th , at 10: 00 a.m., followed by Interment at Calvary Cemetery, 199 N. Hope Ave., Santa Barbara. A Reception will follow the Interment, at the Parish Hall of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
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(1923 - 2015) Philip Peter Kirst, age 92, died at Serenity House hospice facility in Santa Barbara on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from congestive heart failure. A third generation Californian, Phil's long and full life began on April 29, 1923, when he was born in La Cañada, CA, the scion of prominent early California settlers. Phil's parents were Burt John Kirst (1889-1955) and Gertrude Frances Lemieux Kirst (1891-1981), she of French Canadian extraction. His grandparents Nicholas Kirst (b. Wisconsin 1859-d. 1907 California) and his wife Pauline (neé Paulina Kwasigroch, born 1866 in the German province of West Prussia; died 1948 in California) had emigrated from their home in Michigan to Southern California after their marriage in 1883. They eventually purchased several hundred acres of the old Rancho de La Cañada around 1901. Phil was born on Gould Avenue, not long after the road was cut in front of the family's Spanish Colonial-style home built in 1923. Phil's father Burt had commissioned the house from Paul Revere Williams (1894-1980), a graduate of USC and the first certified African-American architect west of the Mississippi. Most of Phil's children were also born when the family lived on Gould Avenue in a house he built farther up the street from his childhood home, which was demolished by the 210 Foothill Freeway. As a youngster Phil attended La Cañada School, graduating in 1937, before continuing on to John Muir High School in Pasadena. He entered the University of Southern California in 1942, and enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps while completing his undergraduate studies. As a sophomore, Phil was elected to the Trojan Squires, an honorary men's organization. In his junior year Phil was elected to the Trojan Knights, founded in 1921 as "Official Hosts of the University." Phil was voted into the position of First Knight (president), and in that role oversaw the creation and execution of moving card stunts at USC football games, which in those pre-computer days were created by hand on hundreds of sheets of graph paper, distributed to students in the rooting section of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Also known as the "Guardians of Tradition," the USC Trojan Knights are responsible for guarding the Victory Bell (the official rivalry trophy between USC and UCLA), as well as the Tommy Trojan statue and that of USC's unofficial mascot, the dog known as George Tirebiter. Also during his Junior year, Phil served on the USC Student Council, and was President of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma (Delta Eta Chapter). As an architecture major, Phil enjoyed lectures given by various teachers, including noted modernist architect Richard Neutra (1892-1970), but decided to focus on business administration when he decided drafting was a tedious chore. Phil's university studies were interrupted when he received his NROTC commission in January, 1945. He shipped out to the Philippines via San Francisco, where with the rank of Ensign at age 22, Phil skippered the USS LCT-1239 (Landing Craft Tank of the Mk6 class) and her crew. Phil's arrival in the Philippines coincided with the month-long Battle of Manila, which saw the fiercest urban fighting of the Pacific Theater, with Allied victory ultimately liberating the capital city from 3 years of Japanese military occupation. Phil's 119-foot ship was part of the Service Force, Seventh Fleet, which won the Navy Unit Commendation for opening Manila harbor. Contemporary news accounts noted that "The unit operated under continuous enemy attack?and rendered invaluable service?in repairing, refloating and salvaging many vital service and combatant ships?Within a period of three months?this gallant unit completed the emergency clearing of Manila harbor, raising, removing or disposing of over 350 vessels together with large quantities of Japanese underwater ordnance to open the port fully to Allied use. All personnel attached to and serving with the unit [which included Phil and his crew]?are authorized to wear the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon." Although World War II officially ended in September, 1945, Phil remained in the Philippines until July, 1946. He received his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1962. Phil remained a brave and patriotic American all his life, committed to conservative causes and the advancement of freedom. After serving in the Philippines, Phil returned to USC to complete his senior year. At his Kappa Sigma fraternity house, Phil remembered visits by Olympic runner and war hero Louis Zamperini (1917-2014), who recounted to his fellow Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers many of the experiences that were later documented in Laura Hillebrand's book "Unbroken" and the subsequent movie. During that time, Phil was elected to the Skull and Dagger Society, a USC honor society founded in 1913 for notable graduating seniors. The identities of Skull and Dagger members are kept a secret, and Phil remained a Skull and Dagger member in good standing right up to his death. Phil graduated from USC in 1947, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a minor in Architecture. Shortly after graduating from USC, Phil founded the Philip P. Kirst Company, Builders and Developers. Starting out as a residential homebuilder, Phil designed and built hundreds of houses throughout Southern California. Phil specialized in ranch style houses, and was greatly influenced by architect Cliff May (1908-1989), with whom he later became acquainted when they both were members of the men's riding groups El Viaje de Portolá in Orange County and Los Caballeros, which holds an annual ride on Catalina Island. As his building career progressed, Phil became less interested in residential development and more interested in building shopping centers, commercial and industrial developments. Phil also designed and built the 1969 addition to the Spanish Colonial-style clubhouse at Flintridge Riding Club, originally built in 1923 by noted architect Reginald D. Johnson, A.I.A. (1882-1952). He received many awards for his designs and beautification projects. Although he built his last project in the late 1990s, Phil never completely retired, actively running his business of commercial property investments. As he was starting his building business, Phil began dating Colleen Phipps, also a USC graduate who had been just as active on campus as he had. They married in November 1947 at Mission Santa Barbara, and celebrated their wedding with a luncheon afterward at the Miramar Hotel in Montecito. After honeymooning in San Francisco, the newlyweds settled into domestic life in La Cañada in a house that Phil built. Within 5 years they had produced four children: Peter James, Nancy Carol, Christine Anne and Anne Marie. Six years after Anne's birth they welcomed their "caboose," Lynn Patricia. Having quickly outgrown their first house, the family had by then moved into the second house Phil built for them on Gould Avenue, the same street where he was born when the area was the Kirst Ranch. Their life revolved around family, friends and faith. Phil and Colleen were among the small group of worshipers at Holy Redeemer parish in Montrose, CA who were asked to found the new parish of St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in La Cañada. As their home was on a large parcel adjacent to trails, Phil built a barn and ring so the family could always keep horses at home. Horseback riding was a large part of the family's recreation, with post-Mass horseback rides a near-weekly Sunday tradition. The Kirst family was active as members of Flintridge Riding Club, where all the Kirst daughters showed hunters under the tutelage of legendary trainer Jimmy A. Williams (1917-1993). In 1960, Phil and Colleen purchased property in Montecito, the same year they began enjoying annual summer vacations in a beach house on Padaro Lane in Carpinteria. They moved to Montecito full-time in 1975. Phil was an avid player at Knowlwood Tennis Club for many years. He was also among the earliest members of Birnam Wood Golf Club, where he played golf until he was 90, winning the Legends Flight (80 and above) in a tournament at age 87. A lifelong horseman and familiar sight on the local trails, Phil rode weekly until he was nearly 90. In addition to the above-mentioned men's riding groups, Phil was also a member of Rancheros Visitadores (Gringos Camp), Santa Barbara Trail Riders, Los Rancheros Pobres, and served as president of Montecito Trails Foundation for several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Phil and his wife Colleen continued their involvement with USC throughout their lives, starting in 1950 when they began serving on the Reunion of the Forties Committee, which held long weekend reunions for the classes of the 1940s every five years. They later served many years on the board of the Half Century Trojans. A longtime member of the USC Presidential Associates, in 2000 Phil was made a recipient of the Widney Alumni House Award. In 2007, both Phil and Colleen were presented with the USC Distinguished Service Award. They are benefactors of the USC Norris Cancer Center, and established the Philip P. Kirst and Colleen Kirst Endowed Scholarship, which grants scholarships to USC undergraduate students who fall into the "middle class" category, thereby disqualifying them for low-income aid. For many years Phil enjoyed his 50-yard-line seats in L.A. Memorial Coliseum, rooting for his beloved Trojan football team. Known for his handsome good looks and love of travel, Phil will be missed by his loving wife of nearly 68 years, Colleen Kirst. He is also survived by their children Peter J. Kirst (Jodi) of Lovell, WY, Christine Gerhardt (Ron) of La Verne, CA, Anne Sedgwick (Jonathan) of Coeur d'Alene, ID, and Lynn P. Kirst of Montecito, CA, his sister Elizabeth (Betty) Kirst Miller of Palm Desert, CA, as well as 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and admiring friends. Phil was predeceased by his daughter Nancy Carol Kirst (1950-2011), son-in-law (Lynn's husband) Lynn Robert Matteson, Ph.D. (1939-2015), his parents, and his brothers Bert L. "Buddy" Kirst (1917-1923), Robert N. "Bob" Kirst (1921-1989) and Clifford E. "Cliff" Kirst (1924-2011). Phil's funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1300 East Valley Road, Montecito on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. The celebrant will be The Most Reverend Peter Forsyth Christensen, Bishop of the Diocese of Boise, Idaho, godson of Phil and Colleen Kirst. Private interment will be held on a later date at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
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January 5, 1932 - June 29, 2015 Joyce passed away peaceful on June 29, 2015 with her devoted husband by her side. She was born on January 5, 1932 in Lyon Mountain, New York. She spent her formative years in this small mining town. She loved school and was an excellent student. Since there were only 17 students in her high school graduating class and 16 of them were girls, Joyce was happy to meet the very handsome and somewhat older Jack Carrier through her brother. The fact that Jack owned one of the few cars in town was an added bonus! Their first date was on New Year's Eve and they were married seven months later on July 2, 1949. Jack worked in the iron ore mines and tunnels throughout several of the eastern states and in California. Their first son was born in June of 1950 and they added a daughter to the family in 1957 and another son in 1959. By 1958 they had moved to Anderson, California. With a growing family they decided it was time to settle in one place and Jack took a job as a superintendent at JF Shea Company in Redding, California. Joyce loved cooking and children. Their house was always full of her children and their friends! Everyday there was a homemade pie, cake or cookies to be eaten. In 1967 they added one more son to the family. Once all her children were in school Joyce decided to enter the work force. Since she loved school and children, she found a perfect fit by working as a 1st grade teacher's aide at Meadow Lane School in Anderson. Later in life she and Jack discovered golf. They spent many years playing golf together along with their youngest son. Joyce had three hole-in-ones during her golfing years. In addition to cooking and golfing she enjoyed knitting. She made beautiful baby sweaters for many friends and relatives. In July of 2013, Joyce began to battle the final stages of Alzheimer's so she and Jack moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to their daughter. Joyce's family would like to thank the staff at Alexandra Court in Santa Barbara for their loving care over the past 18 months and Hospice for their support through her final days. Joyce is survived by her husband Jack, her sons, Guy, David and Jack and her daughter, Renae (Ransom) along with 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A memorial mass will be held at St. Raphael's Catholic Church on Friday, July 10th at 10am. For those wishing to but unable to attend, a simple moment of silence with a prayer would be greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association California Central Coast Chapter, 1528 Chapala Street #204, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Joyce was a wonderful wife, loving mother and cherished friend to many and will be greatly missed by all.
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