Theresa Veronica Zyda
Theresa Veronica Zyda of Carpinteria, died Aug. 5, 2004 after a long illness. Ms. Zyda was born in Union, New Jersey, on July 20, 1926. After graduation from Union High School she attended Jersey City Medical Center as a member of the Army Nurse Corp. and earned a degree in nursing.
Following her graduation, Ms. Zyda worked as an operating room nurse in many hospitals in New Jersey and ultimately in Southern California, including Holy Cross Hospital and Northridge Hospital. She loved to regale her family during dinner about the blood and gore that she witnessed in the operating room. Much to her chagrin, none of her three children pursued a medical career. Ms. Zyda loved to laugh, attend a good party, picnic at the beach, and had a celebrity crush on John Wayne.
Ms. Zyda is survived by her son Michael, daughter-in-law Tyerin Dennis, grandson Fred, and granddaughter Greta, all of Carmel, son Christopher of San Francisco, and many dear friends throughout the United States. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Joseph, as well as her daughter, Joan.
A rosary for Ms. Zyda took place on Monday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel in Santa Barbara. Mass was held on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Carpinteria. Interment followed at Carpinteria Cemetery.
Alona Leonard went on to be with the Lord on Oct. 5, 2004. She was the only child born to Eugene and Violet Davis in Portland, Ore. on June 21, 1924. She married the love of her life, Jack (Ted) Leonard, in 1945. They had two daughters, Anola & Nichole (Nicki). In 1962 they moved to Carpinteria and have resided there ever since. Alona was a gifted artist who painted, sewed, crocheted, and together with her husband, Ted, mastered the art of Bunka. She excelled in Bunka and won many ribbons at shows.
She would say that her greatest satisfaction came from her faith and love of the Lord. She spent many years attending Bible Study Fellowship and taught studies in Woman’s Aglow.
She was a member of the Carpinteria Woman’s Club, the Carpinteria Valley Art League and the National Tole Society.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Ted; daughters, Anola (Mearill) Roragen, Nichole (Charles) Miller; grandchildren, Leonard Miller, Michele (John) Schock, Gene Miller, Marshal and Lance Roragen. One grandson, Daryl Roragen, preceded her in death in 1971. There are six great-grandchildren, Jeff, Jaron, Marissa and Lexi Miller, Tyler and Matt Roragen.
Service were held Monday, Oct. 11, 2004 at the Carpinteria Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to your charity of choice. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider.
Joe Couch, husband, friend, veteran, cigar-lover, and accountant extraordinaire died suddenly Dec. 2, 2004 at his beloved ranch. He never met a human or animal he didn’t like, or who didn’t respond to his booming laughter, sharp wit, and generosity of spirit. He will be missed by all but the IRS.
He is survived by his wife Tish, dog Peaches, and sisters Patty McMichael and Laura Muller, brother Michael Couch, and many nieces and nephews. Joe’s friends are invited to a memorial party at the Couch ranch 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12; dress code: Hawaiian shirts.
Sharon Lee Dambach
Sharon Lee Dambach, 69, of Carpinteria, died at her home on Nov. 22, 2004. Sharon was born in Santa Monica, Calif. on July 28, 1935 and lived in Santa Monica until 1953. She attended Santa Monica High School, and then lived in San Fernando Valley, Woodland Hills, from 1953-1989, and in Carpinteria from 1989-2004.
Sharon worked at Lockeed Corporation—Missiles Division. She was a member of Rotary Ann’s of Canoga Park, worked as a volunteer for the Republican Party, and was vice-president of the board of directors of La Cabana Condominiums in Carpinteria.
Sharon is survived by her son, Frank (Jane) Dambach, of Valencia, Calif., daughter, Deborah (Jonathon) Hansen, of Tehachapi, Calif., three grandchildren, Nicole Clarke of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Jackie Wineberg of Pennsylvania, and Mark (Amy) Dambach of Pennsylvania; five great grandchildren, and her sister, Toni Banks of Klamath Falls, Ore.
A Memorial Service is being planned and will be announced. Arrangements by McDermott Crockett Mortuary.
Phyllis Lillian Ducharme
April 20, 1924 to Nov. 29, 2004
Phyllis Lillian Ducharme, born April 20, 1924, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 29, 2004, in Cambridge, Mass., her home for the last six years. She is survived by her brother, William Carr, of Nanaimo, BC, and her five children, Dianne Alexandre of Nashville, Tenn., Yvette Torres of Carpinteria, Lynne Ducharme of Carpinteria, Chris Ducharme of New York City, and Kim Ducharme of Cambridge, Mass. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Phyllis was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She moved to Carpinteria, her home of 34 years, in 1964 with her husband and children. She was employed as a nurse for 20 years, and over her career worked at Goleta Valley Hospital, Santa Barbara County General Hospital, and Franklin Neighborhood Clinic. Upon retiring from her nursing career she also worked for the Carpinteria Herald. Phyllis was very active in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives and with the community. Locally she was active in both the Girl and Boy Scouts, taught sewing at the Girls Club and reading through a local literacy program, and was an active advocate for peace. She was honored for her many years of service as a dedicated volunteer at Shelter Services for Women. Over the last six years she was very involved in the Cambridge Co-housing community where she lived, and especially enjoyed sharing her skills as a seamstress and craftswoman with Co-housing members.
With her own special blend of love, strength, and compassion, Phyllis touched many lives throughout her lifetime. She will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Shelter Services for Women, P.O. Box 1536, Santa Barbara, CA 93102, or a charity of your choice.
Joseph Mario Duran
Joseph Mario Duran, 53, died in Carpinteria on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004. Joseph was born in Carpinteria where he spent his entire life. He attended Aliso School and Carpinteria High School. Joseph was a master of automotive service and loved his cars. He was employed by various automotive businesses in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara through the years.
Joseph loved his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed barbecuing, the outdoors and taking his family to Casitas Lake whenever possible. PINCHE CHITO! He especially liked doing things and activities in a spontaneous manner especially with his wife, Sylvia.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his children, Joseph Robert (Cherri) Duran, Raquel Duran (Gene Sanchez), and Angela Duran (Juan Ramos); grandchildren, Matthew, Robert and Ashley Duran, Vanessa, Geno and Boy Sanchez, Sara, Rebecca, Andrea, Manuel and Jessica Ramos, and Jimmy, Lilly and JoJo; sister-in-law, Barbara and son, Jeff; brothers-in-law, Robert (Dana) Guevara and son, Michael and daughter, Desirea, Ronnie Guevara and daughter, Stephanie, Paul Guevara, Eddie (Jennifer) Guevara and their children, Eddie Jr., Kimberly and Kenny; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Madeline Guevara; and special friend, Gaspar Benitez. His mother, Mary Duran and sister, Josie, preceded him in death.
A Prayer Vigil will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, 10 a.m., at St. Joseph’s Church in Carpinteria, followed by a Graveside Service at Carpinteria Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed for the Duran family to Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, 5420 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria.
Arrangements by McDermott Crockett Mortuary.
Robert Eugene Hutton
Robert Eugene Hutton, a Carpinteria-area resident for the past seven years, and one year resident of Santa Barbara, died after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Monday Dec. 13, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. at the Samarkand Nursing Center in Santa Barbara.
Bob was born in Bellingham, Wash. on Sept. 19, 1919 and several years later his family moved to Southern California. Prior to enlisting in the Navy during World War II, he married Florence Poland. Bob later earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from USC and a Ph.D. from UCLA, while working in the nascent field of aeronautical engineering at Hughes Aircraft and TRW and representing them at JPL and NASA. His creative mind, engineering skills and insatiable curiosity about flight and space travel allowed him to contribute significantly to the work of the Apollo (Moon) and Surveyor (Mars) programs during the 1960’s in his role as Senior Engineer at TRW. He also enjoyed seventeen years of teaching in the graduate-engineering program for UCLA.
He pursued many passions in retirement. Among them were Spanish, genealogy, history, astronomy, and extensive travels with Florence. He enjoyed being a volunteer in Carpinteria Beautiful’s litter pick-up program where he took his neighborhood assignment seriously.
His wife, Florence and daughters, Marlene (Hutton) and husband, William Hazen of Carpinteria and Kathleen (Hutton) and husband, Rex Pryor of Fortuna survive Bob. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. His character, charm, sense of humor and unfailingly kind and ethical way of treating others will be deeply missed.
Robert Hutton’s family is grateful to have had him in their lives and will forever miss him. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 2:30 p.m. on January 18 (their 67th wedding anniversary) at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 East Constance, Santa Barbara. Florence Hutton continues to reside at Samarkand in Santa Barbara.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Santa Barbara or the American Heart Association of Santa Barbara.
Albina Bianca Angela Masaro Domenico DeRose Brinton
Sept. 3, 1912, Denver, Colo. – Dec. 20, 2004, Ventura, Calif.
Albina DeRose Brinton, a former resident of Carpinteria, died in her home surrounded by her family amidst tears, songs and laughter. At 92 years young, she departed gracefully, completing a long and creative life as an artist, teacher, social and political activist, and an inspiration, friend and kindred spirit to many.
Among her accomplishments, she visited the gypsies in Denver, Colo. when she was kidnapped by them as an infant and recovered by her relatives the next day. Much later in life, she was instrumental in organizing the passing of anti-pole tax legislation during World War II, while her husband John Brinton was overseas, continuing their political work. In the late 1950s, she organized and taught the first children’s art classes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She taught for many years at the late Camarillo State Hospital, and continued painting and helping others throughout her life.
We enjoyed stories of her accidental hobby of encountering famous people; among these, being held in the arms of Buffalo Bill as a baby, chatting with Edward G. Robinson at a museum, finding herself taking the same photograph side by side with Ansel Adams in Yosemite, and sitting in a lobby when the skirts of Eleanor Roosevelt brushed her legs. She herself is renown in the hearts of those who knew her for her inexhaustible kindness and her passionate enjoyment of life. We will miss her.
Albina is survived by her daughter, Valerie Rose and family, Nancy Rose and their three children, Toby Shaw, Kaia Rose, and Tara Loughran, as well as numerous friends and relatives. A Memorial Ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ventura, Calif., at 4949 Foothill Road. To contact the family, please call (805) 705-0405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isabel Rice Castro
Isabel was born on Sept. 14, 1912 to Ray Shepard and Phillip Rice. She passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2005.
Isabel was a third generation Carpinterian where she resided her entire life. In August of 1934 she married the love of her life, Francis L. Castro whom she was blessed to have shared 49 wonderful years with until his passing in 1984. She gave back to the community by being an active volunteer for several years for the American Red Cross and the Well Baby Clinic of Carpinteria.
Anyone and everyone who knew Isabel knew that her biggest passions in life, aside from her family, included long summer days at the beach and anything that had to do with cats! Isabel had a special gift of seeing the good in everyone who crossed her path. She accepted and loved everybody exactly as they were and she always had a kind word and gorgeous smile for each and every person she met. She had an incredible amount of warmth and beauty, both inside and out.
Isabel is survived by her son Gary Castro and his wife Jill of Carpinteria, her granddaughter Denise Helm and her husband Jeff of Phelan, Calif. and her granddaughter Deanna Gonzales and her husband Raymond of Carpinteria. She will be greatly missed by her great-grandsons PFC Steven Beaver, USMC, Camp Pendleton, California, DEP Recruit Jason Beaver, USMC, and Dylan Beaver of Phelan, Calif., her great-granddaughter Lauren Gonzales and great-grandsons Cameron and Brian Gonzales of Carpinteria. Also surviving are Jill’s daughter Jessica Willis and her husband ET1 “Seal” Derek Willis, USN and their children Cody and Kaitlin of Imperial Beach, Calif. Isabel also leaves behind her life long best friend, Dorris Thuner and her special kitty, Shadow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Isabel’s name may be made to the First Church of Christ Scientist, 924 Walnut Ave., Carpinteria where she was a life long member.
Christopher W. Danel
1/13/73 – 10/15/06
Christopher W. Danel, 33, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006 in Northridge after a long illness.
He leaves behind two children, Jacob and Megan Danel, both of Carpinteria, and four brothers.
He was predeceased by his mother and father.
He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.