In Loving Memory of Michaelene Jean Curtis Wuesthoff.|
Michaelene "Mikie" passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 21, 2013, at her home in Ramona, California. Mikie was born on October 6, 1932, to Serbian parents, Leona and Michael Curtis, and sister, Kathleen, in Akron Ohio. The family relocated to Southern California in 1942. She graduated from Canoga Park High School in 1950.
After graduation she went to work for Hughes Aircraft Corporation. While on vacation with a girlfriend she met Paul Stanley Wuesthoff. They were married in 1952. Mikie worked as a secretary for Universal Studios, BMI MusiclASCAP and Actor Accountant Arthur Guage. She moved to Solvang, California, where she worked as a hostess and bookkeeper for the famous "Danish Inn" restaurant, and later she worked for an architectural firm she enjoyed.
In Solvang she enjoyed the pastoral country for awhile. After moving back to the valley in 1977, Mikie attained an Ophthalmic Medical Assistants and became a member of the American Association of Ophthalmology, as well as her Contact Lens Technicians Credential. She went to work for Dr. Richard P Kratz. He found her sweet personality, business sense, work ethic, professionalism and patience with others, an integral part of a successful business and lured her back to the San Fernando Valley to help manage and grow his practice. A few years later she, along with the beloved staff, moved to the new offices in Newport Beach. It was here she forged strong bonds and friendships that lasted her lifetime. She met and made friends wherever she was.
Mikie was beauty and grace. She was beautiful inside and out. She had a class and countenance that is hard to find in today's world. Her laughter and smile, simply infectious. In her youthful years she was a great outdoor sport, coordinated and athletic. She loved to snow ski and water ski and socialize with her family members and numerous friends. In her later years she loved to travel. She was always great in social situations, had a great sense of humor, and was fun to be around. Everyone loved her. Mikie's Faith in Jesus, courage and bravery enable her to battle and beat Cancer three times over. She moved to Ramona in July 1998 to be close to her family and was an important part of her family. She was the most wonderful Mother a daughter and son-in-law could hope for, a beloved Grandmother, a nurturer, confidant, a spiritual woman, warm and wise, and incredibly independent. She will forever be cherished by her family and friends. We are so fortunate to have shared this earthly plane with such a magnificent woman.
Mikie will be missed by her loving family; daughter, Erica and son-in-law, Jim; granddaughter, Jennifer; grandsons, Michael and Paul; and everyone who knew her.
We will be celebrating Mikie's life with family in a private ceremony in San Diego per her wishes.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel from Mar. 7 to Mar. 14, 2013