September 24, 2013 5:45 AM
Eralda Kogan, 93, died at Buena Vista Care Center on September 20, 2013 after an illness of three years.
She was born in New York City on June 4, 1920 to Attilio Girardi from Bolzano, Austria (now Italy) and Gioacchina Coenda from Torino, Italy.
She graduated with a degree in dress design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in the early 40s and worked in the fashion industry until her marriage to Gregorio Kogan on March 5, 1953. He was in the export business and they did a lot of traveling to South America and other places.
They moved to Santa Barbara in 1969 and enjoyed their retirement until his death on October 18, 1978. She continued to live in her home on Gibraltar Road tending to her beautiful garden and traveling with friends. She moved to Maravilla in 2006 and after a bad fall in 2010 moved to Buena Vista Care Center.
She is survived by many cousins in Italy.
There will be no funeral services at her request. Friends may remember a charity of their choice in memory of Mrs. Kogan.