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Obituaries for the week ending
July 11, 2003
Bryan 'Lee' Kearney
Bryan "Lee" Kearney, 65, of
Vista, Calif., died at home Saturday, June 28, 2003. He was born
Sept. 13, 1937 in Los Angeles.
Mr. Kearney resided in Ojai from 1975 to 1985. He was a floor
installer and his interests included playing cribbage, fishing,
hunting and boating. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps
and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy Kearney, of Vista;
daughter Susan A. Kearney of Vista; daughter and son-in-law Sharon
L. and Michael St. Charles of Vista; son Patrick L. Kearney of
Mariposa, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law Robert and Jennifer
Kearney of San Elijo Hills, Calif.; brother James B. Kearney
of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Private family services were held.
Memorial donations may be made to San Diego Hospice, 4311 Third
Ave., San Diego, CA 92008.
Sam Martin, 92, of Ojai, died Thursday,
July 3, 2003, at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. He and
his twin sister, Tillie Martin Soss, were born May 4, 1911, in
Detroit, Mich. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1918 to an
area now called McArthur Park (formerly Westlake Park). He attended
the Fifteenth Street School and the Fifth Street grammar schools.
He graduated from Wilson High School in 1929 and attended Long
Beach Junior College and the University of Southern California.
Mr. Martin owned a clothing store in the San Pedro area, where
he was active in the business community.
He served as a trustee of the San Pedro Community Hospital Foundation
and as secretary-treasurer of the San Pedro Peninsula Hospital.
He was the founder of the San Pedro Downtown Business Association
and a member of the Redevelopment Commission of San Pedro. He
was a past president of the San Pedro Optimist Club and a member
of Rotary, Elks, and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a past treasurer
of Temple Beth-El in San Pedro.
Mr. Martin moved to Ojai upon his retirement in 1976.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rhoda (Warenback) Martin,
of Ojai; son Allan Martin, of Ojai; son and daughter-in-law
Dr. David and Joanne Martin of Palos Verdes; daughter and son-in-law
Roberta and Bruce Douglas of Orcutt; and three grandchildren.
A private interment service will be held at Nordhoff Cemetery
Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, Channel Islands Chapter, 14 W. Valerio St., Santa Barbara,
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
Arline Palmer Bowsher
Mrs. Arline Palmer Bowsher, 96, passed
away Sunday, June 29, 2003, in Ojai, California. She had moved
from Ormond Beach, Florida, in 1986 to the Ventura Towne House,
where she was a longtime resident. Born April 2, 1907, she was
raised in Bangor, Maine, and was a graduate of the University
of Maine. Her first job was teaching French and English in a
private school in Washington, D.C. During the Great Depression,
she counted herself lucky to find an entry-level job in the Federal
Government as a punchcard operator, Grade 2. Being a very smart
and clever young woman, she eventually rose to the highest grade
level held by a woman in the Coast Guard Agency, working as Chief
Project Planner and on the first computers when they were as
big as a house. Because of her high position and classification
in government, she was personally invited to President Harry
S. Truman's inaugural gala.
In her youth, Arline Bowsher was an avid athlete as she enjoyed
swimming and boating in the summers and ice-skating, skiing and
snow-shoeing in the winters. She spent her many years of retirement
reading, traveling, and spoiling her grandchildren. At the age
of 79 she lost her sight to glaucoma, yet proceeded to take lessons
in Braille and Spanish in her early 80s while a resident at the
Ventura Towne House. During this time she also remained dedicated
to walking at least 1-2 miles a day. Arline enjoyed sharing her
past and was always ready to laugh and see the humor in any situation.
Her husband, Mark Clifford Bowsher, a loving husband, lawyer,
and barbershop quartet singer, died in 1983. Arline is survived
by a stepdaughter, Laura Peck, of Ojai; two grandchildren, Eric
Oesterle of Napa, Calif., and Adair Oesterle of Missoula, Mont.;
and a niece, Mary Bowsher Friedman of Longmeadow, Mass. Arline
Palmer Bowsher was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother,
was a great role model, and will be greatly missed by all who
knew and loved her.
A private service will be planned by the family. Donations may
be made in her honor to the American Foundation for the Blind,
Planned Gifts, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001.