Monday, July 16 , 2018, 9:37 am | Fair 69º


Local News

Services Planned Friday for Community Patron Viola Girsh

Longtime supporter of charitable causes, including the park that bears her name, died earlier this week at age 105

Services will be Friday for Viola S. Girsh, a long supporter of charitable causes in the greater Santa Barbara area, who died earlier this week at age 105.

A private family viewing was held Thursday, and Friday’s service, which is open to the public, will be at noon at Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, according to Girsh’s grandson, Daniel Hochman.

Burial will follow at Santa Barbara Cemetery, where Girsh’s husband, Lester, and other family members are interred.

The Girshes were the lead benefactors for creation and development of Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Road, adjacent to Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta. The couple also helped found Congregation B’nai B’rith in the late 1920s.

Viola Girsh supported many good causes, among her favorites being the Santa Barbara Family YMCA, the Granada Theatre, and the Beyond Tolerance Education Center, which works to teach school children about the causes, instruments and dangers of discrimination and violence.

Memorials to Girsh can be made to Congregation B’nai B’rith, the Girsh Park Foundation, or a favorite charity, Hochman said.

Arrangements are being handled by the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >