Jane Geisendorfer Wohletz was born October 7, 1910, in Los Angeles to Henry Albert Geisendorfer and Laura Cronkite Geisendorfer. She passed away peacefully at the age of 102 in the home she shared with her family, from complications of a long, productive, and happy life. Her passing came thirteen years to the day after the death of her husband of 64 years, Leonard.
Jane’s younger years were spent in mining camps in California, Nevada, and Arizona. In 1918, when her two older siblings, Henry “Albert” and Emeline, were of high school age, the family moved to Berkeley. Jane and her younger sister Mildred attended Garfield Junior High and Berkeley High School, with Jane graduating in 1928. Jane was a 1932 graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she was one of the first women to earn a degree in Business.
After graduation Jane worked for various businesses until her marriage to Leonard Ralph Wohletz in 1935. They resided in Santa Paula until Leonard’s job as a Soil Scientist brought them back to Berkeley, where Jane worked at home as the mother of five.
Jane is predeceased by her parents, Henry and Laura; siblings, Henry Albert Geisendorfer, Emiline Geisendorfer, Mildred Schroeder; husband Leonard (2000); daughters Mary Jane Bishop Chambers (Allan, Frank) (2009) and Catherine Koenig (Thierry) (2002). She is survived by her son Leonard Jr. (Jane); and daughters Elizabeth Rounkle (James) and Margaret Cousins (J. Steven). She leaves 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Jane was known for her keen wit and sense of humor. She often said she had lived so long because she was curious and wanted to see what would happen next. She was the matriarch who brought us together in her warm and firm embrace. She will forever be a guiding light and role model for those she leaves behind.
A special thank you to: Sutita Kulu, Patrick Cousins, Scott and LeeAnn Rounkle, Cathy Bishop Waterman and Peter Koenig for their loving care.
Services will be at Sunset View Mortuary in El Cerrito, CA, on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.