Tag archives: obituaries

David Gilbert Bertrand: 3/21/1929 – 10/18/2022
By Montecito Journal   |   January 24, 2023

David “Gilbert” Bertrand died suddenly on October 18 at the age of 93, and was actively in charge of his business until his very last day. He was born at St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara to a family with long-standing roots in the community. His great grandmother settled in Santa Barbara in the 19th […]

Barbara Levenson: January 31, 1942 – December 29, 2022
By Montecito Journal   |   January 17, 2023

Barbara Levenson, 80, of Santa Barbara, sadly left us on December 29, 2022. Barbara was born on January 31, 1942, to Harry and Ruth Eisenberg in Los Angeles. She was raised in West Los Angeles and built a community of friends she cherished from her days at Fairfax and Beverly Hills High School. Always one […]

Joyce Sosner: March 27, 1930 – December 2, 2022
By Montecito Journal   |   January 10, 2023

Joyce Sosner, beloved wife of Norman for 66 years, passed away on December 2, following a bad fall which caused serious internal injuries. She is grievously mourned by her sons David and Jeremy, their wives Leonie and Sissy, grandchildren Marina and Noah as well as countless friends in Hawaii and Santa Barbara where her generous […]

Barry Allan Kitnick: July 25, 1943 – September 28, 2022
By Montecito Journal   |   December 6, 2022

Barry Allan Kitnick passed away in Santa Barbara, California on September 28, 2022, after a long illness. Barry was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 25, 1943. He is survived by his beloved wife Jill, with whom he shared his life for over 45 years; his sons Alexander and Zachary (Daisy); his brothers Steven (Marilyn), […]

Scott Starr
By Michael Brooke   |   November 1, 2022

Scott Starr was not only an amazing photographer, he was also a truly generous person. Back in 1997, when I was working on my history of skateboarding book, I put an announcement in Transworld Skateboarding Business magazine asking for photos. The only photographer to contact me was Scott. He seemed to have a deep understanding […]

Jacqueline Rubinstein: July 25, 1958 – September 6, 2022
By Montecito Journal   |   October 25, 2022

Jacqueline Hiske Rubinstein passed away September 6th at the young age of 64. Jacqueline was born July 25th, 1958, in Singapore to Hiske and Jack Forsyth. Jacqueline was a citizen of the world; speaking five languages and growing up in areas including Suriname, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, New York, Montecito, and Los Angeles. She was a […]

Gerald Wayne (Jerry) Fronterhouse
By Montecito Journal   |   October 18, 2022

Gerald Wayne (Jerry) Fronterhouse, beloved husband, brother, father of two, grandfather of nine, great-grandfather to four, business leader, and friend to many, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2022.  Jerry was born on May 22, 1936, in Ada, Oklahoma, the second son of three to Victor and Austa (McClintock) Fronterhouse. Victor was working for Magnolia […]

Nelson Huber: July 10, 1949 – September 18, 2022
By Montecito Journal   |   October 4, 2022

Nelson Huber came here for one purpose: To make music. For him, music was a sacrament capable of healing us and lifting us out of the ordinary and into the sublime. The term sui generis – in a class by himself – does not even begin to describe him. He tells the story of his […]

James Custis “Denny” Crimmins – 1935 – 2022
By Courtney Crimmins Mauer   |   September 20, 2022

Denny was a loving and proud father and grandfather, a joyful presence to his extended family, and a lively friend and storyteller to those that knew him. He was born and raised in California by a strong grandmother, a gregarious father, and a well-traveled mother during a very different age. His family and career made […]

Evelyn Louise Duimovich – 1922 – 2022
By Montecito Journal   |   September 20, 2022

Evelyn Louise Duimovich, age 100, was born into Eternal Life on September 7, 2022. Surrounded by her children and beloved priest, she died peacefully at home. She was born on May 30, 1922, in Peoria, Illinois, to Walter and Frances Hickman, the fifth of seven children.  The loss of her mother at the tender age […]

Bruce Corwin, an icon in the Santa Barbara arts community, passes away at 81
By Nick Masuda   |   November 5, 2021

The world lost one of its brightest lights on Thursday. Bruce Corwin, a prominent member of the Santa Barbara community through his philanthropy, ownership of the Arlington and Metropolitan Theatres and a founding investor in the Montecito Journal Media Group, has passed away at 81. A friend and mentor to so many, Corwin was heavily […]

The Saint of Montecito: The Life of Steven Berg
By A.L. Bardach   |   July 22, 2021

You sensed straight away that he was more than a nice guy; something other than a rail-thin, tall soul in a plaid shirt and jeans, looking to lend a hand. Though Steven Berg, who passed away on May 31, worked hard to convince you that he was just a regular gruff Joe, it was a […]

Jeanne Cooley Greeley Thayer: A Life of Wanderlust, Art & Family
By Jack Thayer   |   July 22, 2021

Jeanne Thayer never felt comfortable on a pedestal, ever since she was a young girl, too tall and lanky to feel like she belonged at the center of attention. Modesty followed her like a shadow, from her self-perceived awkwardness of youth into the awareness of her own privilege as a young adult. She lived a […]

Rosemary Phyllis Looney: 1926-2021
By Montecito Journal   |   July 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Rosemary Phyllis Looney after a brief illness. She was born in Norwood, Massachusetts, on December 20, 1926, and passed at home in Carpinteria on June 8, 2021.  She is survived by her daughters Sharyn Plunkett (Richard) and Sheryl Ford of Carpinteria, and Cynthia […]

Charles Ward: December 27, 1940 – June 15, 2021
By Montecito Journal   |   July 1, 2021

Charles Lowell Ward, Jr., passed away peacefully on June 15, 2021, from complications of heart disease. The Houston native was preceded in death by parents Judy and Charles Ward, Sr., as well as brother Jeffrey S. Ward, Sr. He leaves behind nephew, Jeffrey S. Ward, Jr., grandnephews Tyler, Mason and Braden, and longtime business ally, […]

Stanley Howard Tomchin 1945-2021
By Cheryl Tomchin   |   June 24, 2021

Stan grew up spending summers at the Malibu Beach Club on Long Island, where he watched adults play gin rummy. His appetite for learning games was insatiable. As a young boy, he devoured books on poker, gin, bridge, and blackjack. He was allowed to run a poker game in the basement of his home, his […]

In Passing: Penelope Ruth Williams
By Montecito Journal   |   May 6, 2021

Penelope Ruth Williams, daughter of Virginia Lee Mosher and Arthur Powell Williams, has passed away. A long-time resident of Montecito, Penelope owned and operated some of Santa Barbara’s most well-known and renowned restaurants, including Penelope’s which drew national acclaim and was voted one of California’s top fifty restaurants, The Harbor Restaurant located on Stearns Wharf, […]

In Passing: George E. Handtmann, III (1952 – 2021)
By Montecito Journal   |   May 6, 2021

George E. Handtmann, III caring husband, beloved father, loving brother, uncle, friend, and philanthropist, passed away of natural causes at his home in Carpinteria, California on April 10, 2021. He is survived by wife, Viviana Handtmann; son, Hank Handtmann; daughter, Kendle Evans and son-in-law Trey Evans and their two children Carter and Anderson; and daughter, […]

In Passing: Dorothy Ellis McKenzie (1/21/1934 – 4/1/2021)
By Montecito Journal   |   April 22, 2021

Dorothy McKenzie passed away peacefully in her sleep on 04/01/2021. She leaves behind her daughter Sheelah Smith and her husband Doug Smith, her son Doug McKenzie, his wife Marian McKenzie, and their son, Dorothy’s cherished grandson Ian McKenzie.  Dorothy was the only child of William Houston Millar and Ruth Millar (Ellis), and was born in […]

In Passing: Richard Anthony Baum
By Montecito Journal   |   April 22, 2021

Richard Anthony Baum passed away in his sleep of cardiac arrest on March 22, 2021 at age 68. He lived a full and vibrant life while fighting a challenging 40-year battle with bipolar disorder. Richard was born on August 18, 1952 at St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara, grew up in Montecito, resided in Santa […]