Ted Arnesen (1920 - 2013)

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Ted Arnesen

Ted Arnesen, 93, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013. He spent fifty of those years working as a pharmacist, a job he loved and took great pride in.

As an immigrant child of the depression, news of the 40 hour work week never made it to him. He was more of a 60-65 hour kind of guy. Since he didn't play golf, take longs walks on the beach or go on many vacations, it was not a problem. He was a workaholic and enjoyed dispensing prescriptions and advice. He and his wife of 60 years, Annabelle, did like to dine at fine restaurants.

Born in Norway on April 6, 1920, Ted and his family came to Washington State in 1929 and eventually made their way to Petaluma. He learned enough English to make it through UC Berkeley and pharmacy school, choosing not to join his two younger brothers in his father's cabinet shop. He was in the Navy for a few years after college and began working in the Bay Area at the end of World War II.

Always one to do things his own way (and to make "suggestions" as to how others should do things), he had his own drug store in Gonzales, from 1964 to 1994. You would recognize Ted by his deep, baritone voice as he read you the instructions on your prescription, a prescription that was filled perfectly, as he would check, double check and triple check it before giving it to you. Prior to his Gonzales store, he worked for 10 years in Soledad in partnership with Jack Franscioni, a roommate of his at Cal. Before moving to Soledad in 1953, he and Annabelle lived and worked in Palo Alto.

After Annabelle died four years ago, Ted moved to a senior living facility in Monterey where the locals quickly took to him and lovingly called him by his first name, Trygve. Only in his last year of life did he stop wearing a tie.

He was a long time member of Gonzales Rotary Club and the Salinas Elks, and was a member of the Soledad Lions Club, the American Legion Gonzales Post 81, the Alumni Association of UCSF and the Stanford Alumni Association.

Trygve is survived by sons, Mitch (Janet) of Aromas, Douglas of Greenfield, and David of Petaluma; brothers, Andy (Inge) and Irv (Patty) of Petaluma; grandsons, Erik and Joseph and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service and Barbeque will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 2 to 6 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Gonzales, at 419 5th St.

Donations, if desired, can be made to Eden Valley in Soledad or VNA Hospice of Monterey.


Published in The Salinas Californian from Nov. 26 to Dec. 4, 2013
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