Kathleen Bottiani died peacefully on March 6, 2020, at the age of 88, after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer.

She was born on Jan. 30, 1932, to John and Mildred Boyle. John and Mildred raised Kathleen and her two brothers, John Jr. and Martin, in Long Beach, California.

Kathleen Bottiani
Kathleen Bottiani

Kathleen met her husband, Victor Bottiani, through friends. They married in 1951, and moved to Mather Air Force Base, where Victor completed his service in the U.S. Air Force.

Shortly thereafter, they returned to Goleta to join the Bottiani family business of farming avocados and lemons.

Kathleen and Victor were devout Catholics; they raised six children, and were active in the community for many years. Their love and devotion extended for 60 years of marriage, until Victor passed in 2011.  

Kathleen served as the Bottiani family matriarch and had many long-term friendships. She especially cherished her golf buddies – Janelle, Rosemary, and Mary. 

Family was of the utmost importance to Kathleen. She always looked forward to family gatherings, especially the annual Boyle Family Reunion. Her home was always open and welcoming, and it was the site of many memorable events.

Aside from family and friends, Kathleen enjoyed traveling, and invariably looked forward to her next adventure.

Kathleen was a devout Catholic, and an active member of St. Raphael Church, where she volunteered many hours and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Kathleen will be remembered for her strong faith, endless patience, kind words, and loving support. 

Kathleen is survived by her children: Karen (Rob), Susan, Michael (Karen), Maureen (Cathy), Mark (Paula), and Mariann (Bob), along with 17 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by her husband, parents, and brothers.  

The family would like to thank the Valle Verde staff for their high quality of care and support, and for enabling people to die with dignity and grace.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kathleen’s name to the St. Raphael Church Restricted Fund (straphaelsb.org), or Santa Barbara VNA Health (vnhcsb.org).