Bennie Wyatt was born Jan. 10, 1930 in West Jefferson, N.C., where she lived through her high school years. She passed away April 28, 2007 in Solvang, Calif.
Soon after her first son Gordon was born she married Roy Wyatt, also a resident of West Jefferson and a career military soldier. The military led them to many places, including Spring Lake and Fort Bragg; both in North Carolina. In 1958 her second son Ray was born and then in 1967, Bennie and her family moved to Paso Robles, where Roy, her husband, was stationed at Camp Roberts. She loved California and after several years in Paso Robles, and after her sons graduated from high school, she and Roy moved to Lompoc. While living there she started working at the Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang and remained working there for the next 25 years.
After her divorce from Roy she moved to Solvang and remained there for the rest of her life. She loved working for the Alisal and also worked at several other restaurants as well. She had many loving friends here in the Santa Ynez Valley and she loved working and living here; it was truly the place she called home.
She will miss all the people in her life, especially her Alisal family, her work mates at the Jule Hus Christmas store, Paula, and the Watts family. She will also miss her close friend Betty, the people at the senior center, and her quilting friends, which she truly enjoyed. She will especially miss Dana and Kevin Haley and Shopia, whom she loved dearly and talked about all the time.
Bennie is survived by her two sons, Gordon and Ray, her favorite sister Mary Phillips, whom she loved very much; her brothers, Jim and Rusty Fegurson, and her favorite cousin Greg Fegurson. We will all miss her.
Graveside services will be held Friday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery
Arrangements were handled by the Loper Funeral Chapel.
Barbara (Jensen) Jacobsen
Barbie (Jensen) Jacobsen passed away on April 24, 2007 at her ranch home in San Jose. She was born Feb. 3 1946 in Santa Barbara and lived in Solvang until 1969 when she married Ralph Jacobsen and moved to Merced where they raised two lovely daughters, Nancy and Becky.
Barbara was the daughter of former Sovang residents Judge Arden and Flossie Jensen. She was a graduate of SYVUHS (class of 1963) and USC School of Nursing.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her husband Ralph, her brother Tom and family of the Seattle area, daughters and families Nancy and Chris Stout and Becky and Joe Devenport, and grandsons Finn and Owen Stout.
Barbie and Ralph have long enjoyed and worked an adventurous ranching life together.
She also maintained an interest and involvement in various community services, most recently, the Santa Clara County Cattlewoman’s Association. She had a great sense of humor and was always eager to tell or hear a good story; her love of storytelling must have been inherited from her father, Arden.
She has always appreciated the outdoors, and was especially fond of her own four-legged friends. Most of all, Barbie loved spending time with her family. She is remembered for the wonderful things she did for us all and the love she always gave us. The newest loves of Barbie’s life were Finn and Owen. She was an amazing Mor Mor and they adored her. We will miss her and she will always be in our hearts.
A memorial celebration for Barbara will be held at Ralph and Barbara’s home in San Jose on May 19.
Arrangements were by Darling Fischer Garden Chapel in San Jose.
Elizabeth Mae DeGolia
Solvang resident Betty DeGolia passed away peacefully at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara on Sunday, April 15, with her family by her side.
Born Oct. 15, 1918, in Birmingham, Mich., Betty was the oldest daughter of four to Annette and William Miller. She joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was stationed as a Radioman in Madison, Wis. In 1943, she was transferred to San Diego Naval Air Station, where she met Lt. Robert M. DeGolia. She was honorably discharged in September 1945 and moved to San Francisco. In 1946, she married Bob, and in the following years raised two sons and a daughter in Menlo Park.
In 1980, she moved from the Bay Area to Grass Valley, where she volunteered as a docent for the Empire Mine. Her passion for traveling and the outdoors inspired many oversees trips, which included visits to Japan, India, Hawaii and yearly trips to Europe. She particularly liked taking walking tours through Europe, and hiked through the Alps on multiple occasions.
She moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1990 to be closer to her daughter, Mary Abercrombie, and her family. A true animal lover, Betty has spent the last 13 years volunteering at the House of Treasures Gift Store, whose proceeds benefit the Santa Ynez SPCA.
Her bright spirit will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her sister, two sons, seven grandchildren and many friends.
Contributions may be made on behalf of Betty DeGolia to the Santa Ynez Valley SPCA, P.O. Box 335, Buellton CA 93427.
Emily Bornhoft passed away May 12 at the age of 85. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, at Solvang Cemetery
and a memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Bethania Lutheran Church in Solvang.
Arrangements were handled by the Loper Funeral Chapel Directors.
ANNE- MARIE EVERT
1928 - 2007
Anne-Marie Evert,79, resident of Solvang passed away on August 9,2007 at the SYV Cottage Hospital after several years of suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
After obtaining a Masters Degree in pschology and a MFCC license, she worked for the State of California in Los Angeles until her retirement in 1992.
She moved to Solvang in 1995 with her husband and looked forward to many happy years in their new house and meeting new friends. Those dreams only partially came true.Her greatest interests in life were reading and gardening, besides to be able to travel.
She is survived by her husband after 56 years of marriage.
Any donations in her memory may be made to the Solvang Friendship House, 880 Friendship lane, Solvang, CA. 93463
IRENE NEDEGAARD MADSEN CARSTENSEN
1916 - 2007
Carol Irene Nedegaard was born on December 20,1916 in Alden, MN. She passed away on Friday, August 17,2007 at the Solvang Recovery Residence. Irene was raised in Askov, MN until she moved to Solvang in 1934. She married Aage Madsen in 1938 and together they had three daughters, Margaret (Vernon Johnson), Sharon ( Rick Johnson) and Carole ( Mike Walsh). Aage died in 1965. Irene married Holger “Jack” Carstensen in 1978 who died in 1993.
Irene is survived by eight grandchildren - Jennifer and Susan (Sharon and Rick), Bradford and Erik (Margaret and Vernon) and Wendy, Mickey, Monica and Trevor (Carole and Mike), eleven great - grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings. She is survived by two sisters, Lucille Wulff and Cora Vandecar, and one sister-in-law, Arla Nedegaard who all reside in Solvang.
Irene was dearly loved by her children and grandchildren. She had many good friends in the Solvang community. The family is deeply grateful to all the people who helped take care of her at the Recovery Residence.
A graveside service was held at Oak Hill Cemetery
on August 20th with a celebration lunch following at the home of Sharon and Rick Johnson. The family requests that donations in Irene’s memory be made to the Solvang Recovery
Residence Employee Christmas Fund c/o Lucille Wulff.
Jessie Grant Batt - Teacher and Gardener
Jessie Grant Batt passed away on November 24, 2002 in Santa Rosa. Born on July 27, 1911, in Manchester, Mendocino County, Jessie was the second child in a family of 13. When she was two years old, Jessie's family moved to Point Arena to a dairy ranch where she grew up and went to school. Jessie graduated from San Jose State College in 1933 with a Bachelors Degree and a teacher's credential. Her first teaching job was in Greenwood, now known as Elk, in Mendocino County. Jessie taught in several one-room schools on the North Coast. In 1936, she married Leonard Batt and lived in Healdsburg for more than 50 years. The couple resided on ranches where they raised sheep and grew prunes, hops, and grapes. Among her hobbies were raising animals and tending to a large garden. Jessie spent many hours cooking and canning the many kinds of produce that she grew and she was an accomplished quilt maker and artist. She was president of the Healdsburg Art Club and a volunteer teacher at St. John's Catholic School. She attended the Santa Rosa Symphony for many years of musical enjoyment. Jessie's last teaching position was at St. Eugene's Catholic School. Jessie also managed the antique store in Healdsburg called "Sallie's Attic" for five years before retiring. Jessie is survived by her daughters, Mary Anne Batt Gilles of Novato, and Monica Batt Brisbin of Sebastopol, her grandchildren Robert Gilles of Novato, John Gilles of San Francisco, Patrick Gilles of Mill Valley, Tammy Thompson of Texas, and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters Bessie Richardson, Agnes Fernandez, Arthur Grant and James Grant. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Vineyards Commons, 3583 Round Barn Boulevard in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 9 a.m. A private entombment will be held at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to the Santa Rosa Symphony in memory of Jessie Grant Batt, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.