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Bowers, Elaine  
Elaine Bowers Elaine was born in Alameda, California, to Charles and Bertha Diel in the spring of 1927. She died on July 8, 2016, in San Luis Obispo County while making a brave comeback from a hip fracture suffered on May 24. She spent her youth and school years in various California cities including Hollywood, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Elaine settled with her three children in Santa Barbara during the mid 1950's. She married Guy Bowers in 1960 and they spent some very happy years together. In addition to raising a family she began working as a medical assistant and then as a legal secretary. From 1962 until her retirement, she worked for the same law firm for 33 years. Elaine loved to sing and perform. During many an evening, after work and with Guy's encouragement and support, she would audition for and then rehearse for various local theatre productions. She performed with the Alhecama Theatre, the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera and sang for many years with the SB Oratorio Chorale. During this time she also attended the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara and sang in the church choir. After retiring in 1995 at age 68, Elaine moved to San Luis Obispo and began to find new friends and activities. She auditioned for a part in the chorus of The Mikado which was being staged at the very new and beautiful Performing Arts Center and got in. She joined the Newcomers Club and was a founding member of the women's singing group The Kindred Spirits. She spent many a happy moment singing with these great women and became fast friends with Pixie Bean who remained her dearest friend. At some point, memory loss began to steal things from our sweet mother and it became difficult for her to carry on and maintain her beautiful spirit and sense of humor. But maintain she did with great effort and she became a member of the Las Brisas Senior Residential community during the last 2 1/2 years of her life. She received the most loving assistance from CNA and caregiver, Cindy Melzer. Elaine and Cindy became the best of friends. Elaine's son, Steve Long and daughter, Carolyn Long will treasure the memories of our many adventures with Mom. We thank her for everything and will remember her love, support and generosity forever. In lieu of flowers a gift in her memory can be made to the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center. There will be a celebration of Elaine's life in the near future. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 24, 2016
Clark, Gail Ann  
Gail Ann Clark May 1950 July 2016 Gail Ann (Chubb) Clark was born in Seattle, Wash., to parents Herchel and Helen Chubb. As a small child she moved to Los Angeles and then to the high desert in Apple Valley, Calif., with her parents and two younger sisters. After completing high school, she attended U.C. Santa Cruz and graduated in 1974. While working on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., she met and married her loving husband, Rodney Clark. She soon fulfilled her next plateau of happiness with the birth of her only child, Barrett Chubb Clark. Wherever their career paths led them, Gail's passion was to provide support and love for her son and husband. She did this selflessly, effortlessly and unconditionally throughout 37 years of marriage. Gail was an insatiable reader and active participant in her local book group. She had a quick wit, an easy smile, and a talent to make others laugh by telling a joke or humorous anecdote. She could be the carefree life of the party or a discerning, empathetic listener when adversity prevailed. She made friends easily, understood their value, and held onto them for life. Gail was a tireless lover of life even after the past several years of relentless illness. She remained gracious and beautiful to the core of her being. She is survived by her adoring husband Rod Clark, her cherished son, Barrett Clark; her sole-surviving, loving sister, Carol Chubb, of Cayucos, Calif., and her first cousin Robert Sucher and his son Bobby, of Los Angeles, Calif. Gail Ann Clark was a beloved wife, mother, sister and friend. Her loss will be profound for all who loved her. There will be a Celebration of her Life at 3:00pm on July 24, 2016, at Coalesce Chapel 845 Main Street, Morro Bay, Calif. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 24, 2016
Gater, June  
June Gater June Elizabeth Gater, 79, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., passed away on July 9, 2016, in the care of her loving family. June started her life in Merchantville, New Jersey, graduated from Rider College in 1956 and was a member of Alpha Theta sorority. Her early career included work as a medical secretary before the birth of her four children. Her middle and late careers involved work for ARCO, Occidental Petroleum, the Armand Hammer Museum and Allen Insurance. Before and after retirement June played golf, and bridge, was passionate about collecting and garage sale hunting, and enjoyed volunteering for Pacific Wildlife and the Clark Center. The family would like to thank Dr. DiCarlo and staff for taking such great care of her these last couple years, and Wilshire Hospice of San Luis Obispo for aiding us in her comfort. We also would like to extend our appreciation to Jeff and Cindy Gater and Karen and Mark Clark for opening their hearts and homes these past two years for her care. June is survived by her mother, Mabel Rogers; her four children: Jeff Gater (Cindy), Karen Clark (Mark), Lisa Balikian (Mike), Suzanne Jaggers (Tom); her seven grandchildren, and niece Wendy. She was preceded by her father, Glenn Rogers and sister, Carole Baker. A Memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, August 14th at the family home in Arroyo Grande. June was much beloved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with June's great love of animals, the family suggests a donation to Woods Humane Society or The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 24, 2016
Kurtz, Ruth  
Ruth Kurtz Ruth Margaret Milne Kurtz was born in November 1911 in Merrill, Wisconsin, the only daughter and second child of two schoolteachers. Her Scottish-born dad became superintendent of Price County schools and visited many a one-room schoolhouse in Northern Wisconsin during the early years of the last century. Her mom pretty much ran the rest of the small town where their family eventually settled, turning down her invitation to join the DAR when that group refused to let Marian Anderson sing at Constitution Hall. Ruth was determined not to return to Phillips after graduating from UW in 1933convinced that greater things lay ahead, even though 'all the men just disappeared, right after graduation!' She stayed on in Madison to earn a Master's degree in Ag Journalism, and then spent a year working for the University of Pennsylvania as a home economist, visiting every county in the state to educate local women's groups about food safety and nutrition. Meanwhile, she was being avidly courted by John Kurtz, a man from the big city of Milwaukee that she'd met on a blind date before she left Madison. Though their backgrounds could not have been more different, the two formed a lifelong bond that included 50+ years of marriage, and three children who were the lucky recipients of a true 'Leave It to Beaver' upbringing. The early years were rough: Her husband was shot down over Germany in World War II and reported missing for six months while Ruth remained at home with their infant son, convinced her husband would return. Once he actually did return, the family was separated again, while her husband exercised the GI bill to earn a doctorate at the University of Chicago. During that time Ruth had a second child, but she wasn't quite ready for the post-war move by rail to Austin, Texas, with her four year old and the new baby, in a blizzard, to meet her husband who'd set out beforehand to start his first Assistant Professor gig at UT. She nearly got booted off the train, as a man with a duplicate ticket appeared to claim her seat. There were 50 peaceful years of family life, once Ruth and John settled near College Park, Md., where Ruth was finally able to practice the domestic arts of which she was a true master. Eventually coaxing a lush back yard of impatiens and dogwood out of red Maryland clay, Ruth spent years amending that resistant soil. A natural artist, Ruth was always able to turn any clutch of unlikely flowers into a fascinating arrangement. A highlight of her life as a young mother was the year she spent in the Philippines, while her husband was a visiting professor at UP. The experience rekindled her love of travel, and she was able to round the globe at least once again after that year, traveling to Zimbabwe in 1996 to visit her daughter on sabbatical at UZ. Once her youngest was in high school, Ruth started back to work as a librarian in Montgomery County. After her retirement, she worked for 25 more years as volunteer slide curator for the School of Architecture at the University of Maryland, earning a citation from the University for her extraordinary service. Ruth moved next door to her daughter in San Luis Obispo in 2001, and celebrated her 100th birthday 10 years later, in her own home, living, as she would proudly say, 'independently.' Truly, a life well lived! Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 24, 2016
Manier, Phyllis - Atascadero  
Phyllis Manier Phyllis Jean (Lozon) Manier, 89, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2016, in Atascadero. Phyllis was born at home in September 1926 near Frederic, Michigan, the youngest of seven children of Archie and Alice Lozon. She was thoroughly "spoiled" by her five older brothers and one sister, who all predeceased her. Phyllis and Thomas Manier (Sr.) were high school sweethearts and married in 1946 on the day after he was discharged from the Navy after World War II. They were married for 70 years and have three children, all of whom live in Atascadero: Diana Larsen, Thomas (Rhonda) Manier, Jr., and Steven (Annette) Manier. She is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Thomas (Sr.) survives her, as well. Phyllis and Tom left Michigan in 1956, traveling to Oklahoma City and Mobile, Alabama, each for about a year before landing in San Luis Obispo County in 1958, where they have remained. Tom had promised Phyllis a house in California with a white picket fence ever since his Navy time in California and finally they were here. Phyllis loved all her children and grandchildren fiercely and spent many hours with them before her latest illnesses confined her. She was particularly proud of being the only sibling of her generation to earn a college degree and earned her teaching credential in English at Cal Poly. She loved reading, history of all kinds, was a staunch Democrat, loved roses and gardening, and won many ribbons from the Mid-State Fair for her rose entries. She was a beautiful, brilliant, well-informed, well-read woman who was always ready to debate politics or world events at family get-togethers. She also loved dogs and cats and so the family always had pets, sometimes several of each. Over the years, she edited the newspaper in Morro Bay in the late-1950's, worked as a secretary for the Justice Court, Cal Trans, Cuesta College, San Luis Coastal Schools, and as a real estate salesperson in San Luis Obispo. Phyllis spent her last years at Danish Care Center and the family wishes to thank all the staff there for their special care of her. Cremation has already taken place at Chapel of the Roses and there will be a private interment at Atascadero Cemetery. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 24, 2016
Martin, Jim  
Jim Martin Thomas James "Jim" Martin was surrounded by his family in San Luis Obispo, California, when he passed away on April 18, 2016, due to Pneumonia and Valley Fever complications. Born December 1953, Jim grew up in Pomona and Huntington Beach, California, attended Huntington Beach High School, and graduated from Orange Coast College. Jim met his wife, Eileen, in Huntington Beach in 1984, and they moved to Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Nevada, together, where they were married in 1989. After almost 28 years in Lake Tahoe, living near family, friends, mountains and the lake, working, living and enjoying life to the fullest, Jim and Eileen recently moved to San Luis Obispo, California, to fulfill Jim's dream of returning to the ocean, where he lived his mantras, "living the dream" and "keep it simple." Jim loved surfing, hiking, water sports, skiing, and travel, and being active and outside was his passion in life. He was compassionate, kind, and loving, had a sense of humor like no other, and was sincerely honest. Jim was a trusted friend, and had a kind heart. He loved life, and people loved him. He was a wonderful, generous person to his family and friends, and he will be sincerely missed. He started his 40-year career as a Carpenter in Orange County, California, and later became a Contractor in Incline Village, Nevada. His legacy as a builder will live on in the beautiful homes in the Lake Tahoe area. Jim was the loving husband of his wife, Eileen; loving son of Marilyn Martin; and loving brother of Diane Ray. He was also survived by his niece, aunt, father-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, and a large, loving extended family. Charitable donations would be appreciated; particularly those focused on humanitarian or ocean preservation issues. A Memorial Bench will be installed near Aspen Grove in Incline Village, Nevada, with the assistance of The Rotary Club. There will be an informal gathering Friday, September 16, 2016, at Aspen Grove from 11:00am to 1:00pm to honor Jim's memory. Peace, Love and Joy to everyone who knew Jim. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 24, 2016
Pappas, Thomas  
Thomas Pappas Thomas G. Pappas passed away July 11, 2016, in San Luis Obispo at the age of 83. Tom was born in Irvine, Calif., but spent most of his childhood in Antelope Valley. He attended University Colorado, Boulder where he completed pharmacy studies. He owned and managed Palm Knolls Pharmacy, in Palmdale, Calif., and semi-retired to San Luis Obispo in 2000. Throughout the years, Tom collected, restored and owned many cars as well as drag boats and dry lake race cars. Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol (Price) Pappas, his son Bill Pappas, son Tim (Ann) Pappas, and daughter Chris (Sterling) McBride as well as eight granddaughters, two grandsons, and four great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Tom's Life will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, August 17 at Meadow Park community building in San Luis Obispo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Wilshire Hospice, 277 South Street, Suite R, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 93401. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 24, 2016
Rinker, James  
James Rinker James Clark Rinker was born to George C. and Lena B. Rinker in Niagara Falls, N.Y. After a long battle of End Stage Kidney Disease, he went to be with the Lord on May 27th, 2016, surrounded by his wife and some of his children. He spent time in the U.S. Navy during the occupational war as a Teletype Operator. Survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary Jane (Lester) Rinker and children: Deb (Rinker, Thomas) Burrows; Laure (Rinker) McGarry; Elly (Rinker) Eiter; Charlane (Lester) Mendoza; six grandchildren: August, Meghan, Dylan, Ethan, Ashley, Andrew; two great-grandchildren, AJ and Max; and two nephews, Greg and Paul. Preceded in death by his parents, George C. Rinker and Lena B. (Clark, Rinker) Ferguson; two brothers, David (Skip) Rinker and Keats Westlake; ex-wife Betty (Blaylock) Rinker; and grandson, Aaron Thomas. There was a Graveside Service officiated by Pastor Bob Tubbs on June 11th at the Dignity Mortuary/ Cemetery of Los Osos, followed with a Reception at the First Baptist Church of Los Osos. Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Los Osos, 1900 Los Osos Valley Rd., Los Osos, Calif., 93402; Hospice Organization of San Luis Obispo; The Kidney Foundation of San Luis Obispo. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 24, 2016
Valentine, Edward - Morro Bay  
Edward Valentine Edward Valentine, Jr. passed away July 18, 2016, at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Charlotte; son Edward Valentine III of Washington state; daughter Jeanne Rutledge of San Luis Obispo, California; sisters Irma Junke of Nevada and Evelyn Harper of Arizona. Graveside Services will be held July 27, 2016, at 11:00am at Paso Robles District Cemetery, 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive, Paso Robles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a veteran's organization or Central Coast Hospice. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 24, 2016

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Kramer, Janet - San Luis Obispo  
Janet Kramer Janet Kramer, born in September 1921, passed away peacefully in San Luis Obispo on July 15, 2016. Born in West Allis, Wis., Jan left for Hollywood at age 18. She dreamed of a film career, but became a Legal Secretary. In 1944, she married Army Air Corp Sgt. Ted Kramer. They started a family in '47, eventually settling in Fresno. In 1981, they realized a long held dream by retiring and moving to Los Osos. Ted and Jan celebrated their 60th anniversary in January 2004. Ted passed away the following December. Jan loved books, music, movies, travel (especially train travel) and, above all, people. You could not be in Jan's vicinity and remain a stranger. She was fascinated by legal thrillers and courtroom dramas, and loved serving on a jury. Well past her mid-80's, she continued to serve as a volunteer for People Helping People, and as a precinct worker on Election Day. Jan is survived by son John Kramer (Debra) of Redding; son Kurt Kramer (Shelley) of San Luis Obispo; daughter Kathryn Dubrin of Ojai; son Daniel Kramer (Becky) of Fresno; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The family will hold a private remembrance. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jan's memory may be made to Dignity Health Hospice. The family wishes to thank Aunt Carol's Guest Home for their extraordinary care during Jan's last days. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 22, 2016
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