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Valley Remembers Oak View Matriarch

By Sondra Murphy

If there is a name that exemplifies the spirit of the Ojai Valley, it is Lanie Springer. A longtime champion of philanthropy and community service, Springer died on Saturday of pancreatic cancer.

She was a proactive member of the community with a welcoming smile and seemed tireless in her efforts. “Lanie was a one-of-a-kind person whose no-nonsense approach to any problem was refreshing,” said Al Buczkowski, Oak View Civic Council member and former Oak View honorary mayor. “She will be missed.”
In October of 2008, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors presented a resolution to Springer honoring her five decades of service to the community of Oak View and the Ojai Valley. Springer’s husband, Jackie, and many friends from the area were there in celebration of her achievement. “Few others can match Lanie’s extraordinary career of service to her community and her sterling example of dedicated citizenship,” the resolution read.
“This is very overwhelming,” Springer said before the event. “You don’t do this because you want to be rewarded. Community service means a lot to me.”
Springer served for many years as chair of the Highway 33 Improvement Committee, chair of the Ojai Valley Municipal Advisory Council, and was named Oak View honorary mayor, Citizen of the Year and to the Oak View Hall of Fame. Her impact on the valley was far-reaching.
Besides OVCC, Highway 33 Committee and OVMAC, during which she contributed to the Ojai Valley Area Plan, Springer also served on the Oak View American Legion

She was a proactive member of the community with a welcoming smile and seemed tireless in her efforts. “Lanie was a one-of-a-kind person whose no-nonsense approach to any problem was refreshing,” said Al Buczkowski, Oak View Civic Council member and former

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