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MONTEREY – Ted Arnesen died on November 19, 2013. He was 93 years old. He spent 50 of those years working as a pharmacist, a job he loved and took great pride in. As a workaholic, he didn't have any hobbies, but 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 then to Petaluma, California. After graduating from UC Berkeley and pharmacy school, he joined the Navy until the end of WWII and began working in the Bay Area.
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 1964-1994. You would recognize Ted by his deep, baritone voice as he read you the instructions on your prescription. Prior to his Gonzales store, he worked for 10 years at the Soledad Pharmacy 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
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 on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 2:00-6:00pm at the Legion Hall in Gonzales, 419 5th St. Donations, if desired, may be made to Eden Valley in Soledad or VNA Hospice of Monterey.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Nov. 27, 2013
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"Sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great guy and always nice to me and my family. Ted was definitely..."
- Terry Rianda
"Sadden to hear of such a great loss. Had the pleasure of talking with Ted on a daily basis, while I was..."
- Mary Vargas
"Mitch and family please accept my condolences on your fathers passing. His baritone voice was always..."
- Oscar Marquez
"I remember how nice Mr. Arnesen was to my kids. We came to Gonzales in 1956, and his drugstore was the..."
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- Linda Quitevis-Calvano
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