Gayle Susan Tower Brinkenhoff

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September 8, 1956 - July 12, 2013

Gayle Susan Tower Brinkenhoff (Gitel Sora, bat Yehudit and Sendehr Efraim) was born to Stuart Tower and the late Judith (Yehudit Tova) Brooker Tower in Framingham, Massachusetts on September 8, 1956. In 1957, she moved with her family to Southern California and spent most of the rest of her life here.

Gayle was the locking link in her uniquely close and adoring family. Her courageous twenty-five year battle with metastatic breast cancer exemplified that it is possible to live a full, meaningful, passionate life, even in the face of a fatal diagnosis. Her courage, her empathy, her authenticity and her sense-of-humor will be painfully missed by all who knew and loved her.

Gayle is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, Dr. Michael Brinkenhoff; sons, Shane Cohn and Jesse Brinkenhoff; daughter and son-in-law, Dariel and Erin Sidney; step-daughters, Rachel and Rebecca Brinkenhoff; step-sons, Joshua and Daniel Brinkenhoff; her proud dad, Stuart Tower (and Roslyn Schlessinger) of Los Angeles; brother and sister-in-law, Barney and Rosie Tower of Ojai; sister and brother-in-law Hilary and David Bloom of the San Fernando Valley; and dear nephew and niece, Eric and Cayla Bloom.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations in Gayle's name be made to City of Hope/Research Fund, P.O. Box 23306 Ventura, CA 93002.

Gravesite Jewish rituals will be held at Santa Barbara Cemetery 901 Channel Dr. Santa Barbara, CA on Monday July 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary


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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 15 to July 19, 2013
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