Luba Fine Carleton – The Santa Barbara Independent


Luba Fine Carleton passed away peacefully on February 3, 2022, at the age of 92. She was born on June 15, 1929 in Los Angeles, California to Benjamin and Minnie (Shane) Fine. She graduated from Dorsey High School in 1947 and attended UCLA and San Fernando Valley State College, now known as Cal State Northridge, from which she earned a teaching degree. Luba received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch College in Santa Barbara.

Luba began her career as an elementary school teacher in Saugus, California. After moving to Santa Barbara, she practiced psychotherapy for many years. Luba’s passions were people, tennis, bridge and music. She also loved fashion and had an amazing eye for interior design – she really enjoyed beautiful fabrics. Luba was the go-to person for many when they needed advice on what to wear, where to hang a picture, or how to resolve a personal conflict. Luba was much loved by many. Wherever the family members went, they were often regaled with “we love Luba”. She was generous with her time and resources. Luba was predeceased by her son, Russell Cherness, her sister, Eva Schecter, and her niece Sydni Bender. She is survived by her sister, Evelyn Rozenfeld, her daughters Bari Frimkess (Steven) and Karen Kolarczyk (Robert), her four grandsons, Avi and Lev Silberstein, Alex and Matt Kolarczyk, her nephews Michael Schecter, Kim Rozenfeld and Aaron Rozenfeld, his niece Sophie Dunagan and his dear Curtis Larsen (Peter).

A funeral service will be held at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City. A celebration of life will be held in March in Santa Barbara.


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