Jerry Oshinsky: July 12, 1942 – April 9, 2024
By David Oshinsky   |   June 25, 2024

Jerry Oshinsky, known professionally as one of the true titans of insurance coverage law, passed away on April 9, 2024, from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. I was privileged to work with Jerry at the very end of his life – because I am also a lawyer, sure, but mostly because I have the good […]

Sandra Nelle Ventress: October 30, 1962 – March 22, 2024
By Montecito Journal   |   May 21, 2024

Sandra Nelle Ventress, 61, of Santa Barbara passed away peacefully on March 22, 2024, after a brief illness. She was a loving daughter, sister, and friend.  Sandy was born on October 30, 1962, to Kenneth and Geraldine Nelle in Oxnard, California. Sandy spent her younger years living in numerous locations throughout the states including Montana, […]


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By Montecito Journal   |   April 30, 2024

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Alfred Earl Hayward: September 2, 1936 — December 31, 2023
By Montecito Journal   |   April 30, 2024

A fourth generation Californian, Alfred “Fred” Earl Hayward was born on September 2, 1936, at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. He attended Laguna Blanca at the Hope Ranch campus and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1954, ultimately matriculating from Claremont McKenna College (Business / Economics) in 1958. Significantly, Fred was elected class […]

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By Montecito Journal   |   April 30, 2024

Philip Glen Beaubien safely departed this life March 24, 2024, in Santa Barbara, California surrounded by family and friends with his wife, Gillian Christie, at his side.  Phil was a classical intellect and philosopher, who read voraciously from Will Durant to Thomas Paine to Omar Khayyam, but it was this quote from Phil’s literary hero, […]

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Lynda’s Legacy: Columnist and Local Cultural Icon Lynda Millner Passes
By David Bolton   |   April 23, 2024

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    By Montecito Journal   |   April 23, 2024

    One of Montecito’s most elegant, fashion forward, socially dynamic woman has left us. Lynda Lee Millner passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, surrounded by her family and loved ones.  Lynda was born in 1936, in Washington state, to Aage and Zula Olesen. She grew up in Spokane, WA where she […]

    John “Jack” Kerr Wilson: August 29, 1937 – February 25, 2024
    By Montecito Journal   |   March 26, 2024

    John “Jack” Kerr Wilson, born on August 29, 1937 in New Jersey to John and Elizabeth Wilson, passed away on February 25, 2024. He leaves a legacy filled with laughter, steadfastness, and a deep love for his Scottish heritage. Jack, known for his friendly demeanor, hospitality and exceptional humor, made a significant impact on many.  […]


    Cynthia Impey Nolen : April 18, 1933 – February 27, 2024
    By Montecito Journal   |   March 19, 2024

    Cynthia I. Nolen, a lover of dogs, birds, books, and gardens passed away peacefully at Casa Dorinda in Montecito, California on February 27, 2024. A self- proclaimed “collector” of plants, her gardens and landscape designs continue to inspire around the U.S. Anyone who knew Cynthia was aware that she never left the house without dog […]

    Leo (Lee) Artman : January 1, 1947 – February 9, 2024
    By Montecito Journal   |   February 27, 2024

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    Lillian Pierson Lovelace: September 9, 1927 – January 16, 2024
    By Montecito Journal   |   February 13, 2024

    Lillian Pierson Lovelace, 96, wife, mother, and gracious philanthropist, died at her home in Montecito on Tuesday, January 16, herfamily announced.  Born September 9, 1927, in Los Angeles, CA, Lillian Claire Pierson grew up in Santa Monica, the youngest child of George Mercer Pierson and Rena Waltz Pierson. She attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, […]

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    Maryan Schall’s Celebration of Life
    By Montecito Journal   |   February 6, 2024

    Friends of Maryan Schall are invited to join her family in a celebration of her life on April 18th at 4:30 pm at Birnam Wood Country Club. Seating is limited, so please RSVP at: