BETTY JANE JOHNSON
March 12, 1920 – May 19, 2017
Betty peacefully passed away in her sleep during the early morning hours on May 19th. She had recently moved from the Altamont Apartments in Rohnert Park to the Brookdale Paulin Creek Assisted Living Community in Santa Rosa. She immediately became active in their exercise program, playing and winning at bingo, and going on their Sunday drives around Sonoma County. She had excellent food and care while there and thrived on it. Betty was born in Bloomington, Illinois to Guy and Ethel Million. She was the oldest of 8 stepsisters and brothers whom she loved and kept in close contact with all her life. She grew up in Duluth, Minnesota where she met her best friend, Arline. They have corresponded regularly for nearly 75 years. She met the love of her life, Quenton, while ice skating on a favorite spot in the outdoors of Duluth. They married in 1939; they had been married for 47 years when Quenton passed away. They had three daughters, Gayle (Peebles), Carol, and Kay. Carol passed away at age 9. Betty has three grandchildren. Andrew (Dianne), David (Katrina) and Joelle (Mike) and four great grandchildren: Alanna and James of Fremont and Ashlyn and Brianna of Santa Rosa. As a homemaker, Betty sewed bridal gowns, fostered infants as well as providing daycare in her home. Later, she worked as an information operator for Bell Telephone and as a temp Kelly Girl. While temping at Coca Cola Company in Los Angeles, she was asked to join the company permanently. She worked there for about 12 years before retiring and moving to Rohnert Park. During the years, Betty enjoyed ice skating, reading, crocheting, playing bingo and slot machines, and going out to dinner. More recently, she crocheted hundreds of colorful lap blankets which she donated to the children in Hospice care. Betty was loved as a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. She will be missed for her gentle, quiet nature and her sweet smile. The family is having a private service and get together to share memories.
Pamela R. Verhasselt, 53, of Rohnert Park, Ca. passed away on Wed. March 29, 2017 while being treated at University of California, San Francisco Medical Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Pamela was born on March 18, 1964 at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park, Cook County, Illinois and is the daughter of the late Marcia (LaDew) Verhasselt, and Gerald Verhasselt.
Pamela began her early school years at Berkley Elementary Grade School, Arlington Heights, Illinois and completed grade school at Highland Elementary, Hayward, CA in 1978, then attended Bret Harte Middle School and Hayward High School graduating in 1982. Next, she attended San Francisco State University, 1982-1985 graduating with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in French, and in 1985-86 a B.A. in Economics. She next began her career in the Insurance and Investment Business with Northwestern Mutual Life, earning additional licensing as Charter Life Underwriter (1997), Charter Financial Consultant (2001) and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (2009).
One of her special hobbies was instructor in the California Motorcyclist Safety Program 1986-2006 teaching beginner motorcycle riding and operation training and in the process became an accomplished motorcyclist herself. She also loved dogs and over the years her favorite was with several Labrador Retrievers.
In addition, Pamela was an active member at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Rohnert Park, as well as a member of Rohnert Park BNI. A breast cancer survivor, Pamela participated in many fundraisers, including her favorite annual Catwalk for a Cure.
Pamela’s best moment and crowning achievement was adopting her daughter, Brianna, on May 14, 2008 at the young age of seven. Brianna is now a sophomore at Credo High School in Rohnert Park, CA.
Pamela is survived by her daughter Brianna, siblings Jill (Verhasselt) Wolk, San Jose, CA, Chelsea, San Jose, CA, her father, Gerald, Pebble Beach, CA. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marcia (LaDew) Verzi.
A memorial mass will be held in celebration of Pamela’s life on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 1:00pm, at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Rohnert Park, CA.