Lucy Y. "Skip" Komura
Lucy Y. "Skip" Komura, 68,
of Ojai, widow of Robert Komura, D.D.S., M.S., died suddenly
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 at Ojai Valley Community Hospital. She
was born Nov. 30, 1933 in Lomita, Calif., the third daughter
of Frank T. Tanaka and Mary Okamoto Tanaka. She grew up on
family farms in Southern California and Arizona. She graduated
from Excelsior High School in Norwalk, and continued her education
at the University of Southern California, where she graduated
with a bachelor's degree in zoology. She remained a lifelong
fan of Trojan football, and was a member of Sigma Phi Omega sorority.
Mrs. Komura taught kindergarten in public schools in Cleveland,
Los Angeles, Oxnard and Ventura. In 1966, she and her husband,
Bob, moved permanently from Oxnard to Ojai, and two years later,
she left kindergarten teaching to raise her own children. She
want on to serve as a public member of the Gifted and Talented
Education board, as a trustee for the Monica Ros School and as
a Girl Scout leader. She was a deacon and a session member at
the Ojai Presbyterian Church, and also taught Bible Study Fellowship
and Life Design courses in Ventura.
Active in the civic sphere as well, Mrs. Komura served for two
years on the Ventura County Grand Jury and, later, as a public
member of the Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).
She volunteered with the Children's Home Society, chaired the
Ojai Tennis Tournament Tea Tent, and was a member of the Ojai
Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary.
She belonged to local tennis clubs and traveled to other clubs
to play doubles. In addition, she played bridge, read mystery
and suspense novels, skied, and traveled widely with her family.
After her husband, Bob, died in December 2000, she continued
to take sewing and Japanese cooking classes, participated in
the fellowship and activities at the Ojai Little House Senior
Center, and recently joined the Ojai Valley Woman's Club.
Mrs. Komura is survived by two daughters, Jill, a teacher in
Seattle, and Jan, a dentist in Ojai; sisters Betty Shibuya, Lily
Bryant, and Peggy Tanaka; brothers Tom, Terry and Frank Tanaka;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m.
at the Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 N. Foothill Road in Ojai.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to Little
House Senior Center, P.O. Box 621, Ojai, CA 93024, or Monica
Ros School, 783 McNell Road, Ojai, CA 93023.
Arrangements were under the direction of Fukui Mortuary of Los
Walter H. Kister
Walter H. Kister, age 80, of Ojai died
in his sleep Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002. He was born March 11, 1922
in Merrill, Neb., and lived in Ojai for a year, coming from New
Cuyama, where he had lived for 19 years.
Mr. Kister was a truck driver for most of his life and had many
interests, including the outdoors and working with horses. He
was a scout master and served in the Navy during World War II.
He was a member of the American Legion and the First Baptist
Church of Ojai.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Eulalia Kister, of Ojai;
sons Walter Ray Kister, of Germany, and David Jay Kister of Joliet,
Mont.; daughters Rebecca Starr, Molly Michelle Kister, and Patricia
Jean Kister of Billings, Mont.; stepsons Chuck Martinez of Santa
Maria, Calif., Vladimir Martinez of Ventura, and Herb Martinez
of Stockton; stepdaughter Juliet Flannigan of Oxnard; 24 grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers,
Harry Kister of Grants Pass, Ore.,Warren Kister of Tucson, Ariz.,
Rollan Kister of Douglas, Wyo., and Talfred Kister of Tucson,
Ariz; sisters Gladys Dietz of Ventura, and Norvella Hogan of
Gardnerville, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Pearl Kister;
brothers Robert and Harley Kister; sister Ruth Kister; and granddaughter
Visitation is being held today at 11:30 a.m. at the First Baptist
Church of Ojai.
Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. today with the Rev. Herb
Martinez and Dr. Wilbur Skeels officiating. Interment will be
at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home,
Delleen R. Enge
Delleen R. Enge, 82, of Ojai, died Saturday,
Nov. 16, 2002 at her home surrounded by loved ones after a struggle
against cancer. She was born Jan. 24, 1920 in Redlands, Calif.,
and had been an Ojai resident since 1960.
She received a master's of science degree from the University
of Oregon in 1956, and continued her studies in other fields,
including psychology and special education.
Mrs. Enge taught children of all ages, and many became lifelong
friends. She taught at Nordhoff High School for 17 years.
After retiring, she became owner of Grandma's Cottage, an antique
shop on Ojai Avenue, and then became owner of Franciscan Dinner
Ware Matching Service. She became an internationally known researcher
and lecturer on California pottery and wrote three books on the
subject of Franciscan pottery.
Mrs. Enge is survived by her daughters, C. Kathleen Tacchini
of Central Point, Ore., and Merrianne Metzger-Baby of Boulder
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carlleen Spencer,
and her husband, Glen A. Enge.
Friends are invited to a memorial celebration of her life and
a potluck, planned at Camp Comfort on Dec. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Bring three things: your favorite potluck dish, a "Delleen
story" and $3 for parking. A no-host bar and a main course
will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be
made to A Worthy Student Memorial Scholarship. Funds to be deposited
at Los Padres Bank, 110 S. Ventura St., Ojai, CA 93023.
Maxine Rinaldi, 86, an 11-year resident
of Ojai, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002 at the Ojai Continuing Care
Center. She was born Feb. 3, 1916 in Rush County, Ind., and came
to California in 1967, at which time she married Disney animator
and writer, Joe Rinaldi.
During her lifetime, she was a medical receptionist, both in
California and Ohio. Her interests included golf, oil painting,
bowling, pool, bingo and cooking.
Mrs. Rinaldi is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sara
and Steve Olsen and granddaughter Anna, of Ojai; daughter-in-law
Jenny Wantz of Indiana; sister Thelma Swain, and brothers Eugene,
George and Fred Gardner, all of Indiana; grandson John McLean
and wife Sarah of Castaic; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Philip Wantz, husband Joe
Rinaldi, and brother Morris Gardner.
Internment will be in Arlington, Ind., with family services.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDermott-Crockett Mortuary
in Santa Barbara.
Larry David Heitz
Larry David Heitz, 63, of Ojai, died
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was born Jan.
31, 1939 in Glendive, Mont., and grew up in Woodland Hills, Calif.
He was a longtime resident of Ojai.
He attended the University of California at Los Angeles, and
then worked as an electrical engineer supporting the Apollo space
Mr. Heitz moved his family to Ojai in 1969, and began a new career
as a teacher and artist, first at the Ojai Valley School, then
at The Thacher School and, most recently, at Monica Ros School.
He was an active member of the Ojai community.
His wife, Lily You Heitz, and children, David, Eric and Rebecca
Heitz, will hold a memorial gathering Saturday, Nov. 23, at noon
at Larry's property in Ojai. For more information, call Joe Zorsky
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