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updated: Jan 18, 2012, 9:35 PM
By Edhat Subscriber
Diane Winkleman, a resident of the Goleta neighborhood near Fairview Shopping Center passed away. Her body gave out after her mother passed, and she lost her home due to a reverse mortage.
Able to support herself for an additional 3 years, Diane eventually ran out of funds and ended up abandoned and homeless in Isla Vista.
After trying for and failing to obtain SSI, her health went downhill over the next year.
On Christmas Eve morning, St. Bridget held its annual Christmas breakfast feast for homeless and residents alike at its old location where several of the homeless had continued to gather, and the weakest would sleep, against the law including Diane.
Gifts, food, and cash was handed out and everyone had a great and wonderful time.
The next morning, the Isla Vista Foot Patrol drove their police cars onto the patio where the Christmas celebration had taken place the morning before, where several of the homeless were eating a Christmas morning meal of leftovers.
The police gathered up the bedding and belongings of the homeless, tossed them in a dumpster, and poured old oil from the restaurants over the bedding so it was ruined.
It was very cold Christmas night.
Diane was taken to the hospital a few days later, and died in the hospital, warm and in a bed 3 days later.
A short emotional memorial service was held for Diane during grace at the weekly St. Bridget dinner. It was attended by approx. 50 weeping people, homeless and not, who knew and loved Diane for decades.
She is loved and will be missed.
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