Jeanette Hermina Willemsen passed away at the age of 88 early Sunday morning on October 20th, 2019 in her beloved Buellton home with her daughter Kim by her side. Jeanette Willemsen, better known as “Grandma Willy” to her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and her church family was born on August 11th, 1931, in Rock Rapids, Iowa to Art and Johanna Hop. Her family migrated to Artesia, California where Jeanette fell in love with a strikingly handsome and hard-working man named Jake Willemsen. Jake and Jeanette tied the knot on December 6th, 1950 and soon moved to Buellton where they established the Santa Ynez Valley Dairy and started their beautiful family.
Jeanette is preceded in death by her parents, Art and Johanna Hop and her husband, Jake Willemsen.
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Although she is gone from our lives she will be remembered forever in our hearts and memories and the stories we will share--that big smile and larger than life personality we all loved so much.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church on November 16 at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Deacons Fund of the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church or to the local SYV Hospice.