Betty Wohlberg passed on September 9, 2020 in her son Roy’s arms and home in Sonoma,California. She celebrated her 99th birthday last February and had lived on her own since the passing of her husband Norman Wohlberg in 2003. Born in New York in 1921, there Betty grew up and met her husband Norman. They met while working together, fighting for civil rights and became wonderful parents to three sons, Robert, Richard and Roy.
In 1955 the family moved to southern California and settled in West Covina. Betty was the eldest of three children and had two younger brothers, Isaac and Albert Abouaf. Her parents were Samuel and Suzanne Abouaf. Betty was the last survivor of her generation in the family. Betty’s legacy also leaves her three sons, Robert, Richard and Roy, a granddaughter, Susie Burchett, great grandchildren, Kimberly Kloeppel, Jordan Burchett and Kenzie Berry and three great great grand children and a great number of extended family and friends who loved her.
Betty was loved by everyone, compassionate as well as strong and independent. Betty was always known to speak her mind. In the sixties she bought her Father Samuel’s Millinery business in Los Angeles, where they made hats, hat frames, bases for toupee's and wigs. Betty ran the business for Twenty-Five years until she retired at age 70. In 1978 Betty and Norman moved to Huntington Beach. Betty and Norman were Married for 61 years before Norman’s death. They had a good marriage and always supported and cared for each other.
Once retired, Betty began taking a lot of exercise classes. For many years Betty did Aerobics, Yoga and Zumba six mornings a week, and continued all the classes until she turned 99. She was the oldest person in all of her classes and was highly regarded in her community. Betty loved all kinds of music, Barbara Streisand, Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba, Classical, Folk, Big Bands and many more. She often danced at home and loved life.
Betty strongly believed in taking good care of her health and eating quality food. She was a vegetarian for the last 40 years of her life. Betty very much enjoyed juice fasting and growing her own fresh sprouts and wheatgrass juice. She was always reading health books and trying new things. She was a very generous person to family and friends, always welcoming to everyone who met her. Betty Wohlberg was an inspiration, irreplaceable and is greatly missed.
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