Dea Louise Holesapple

  • "Dea three years next week that you closed your eyes and..."
    - georgette wenceslao
  • "I am very sadened to hear of the great loss to your family..."
    - Erika Lewis
  • "dears dickie joe and familly i hope it's not too late to..."
    - georgette wenceslao
  • "Hi Mr. Holesapple, I spent the weekend at your house a long..."
    - Ellen Chamberlin
  • "Hello Dick, I cant say enough how you & Dea changed my life..."
    - Gidget Foat

Sept. 13 1931 - Aug. 29, 2009

Dea Louise Holesapple, a wonderful loving wife, mother and grandmother, died on August 29, 2009, following a lung and heart illness at age 77. Dea is now in the grace of our Lord Jesus.

Dea was born September 13, 1931, in Tarentum, Pa., where she attended Tarentum High School. After moving to Sacramento in the late 1950s, she worked many jobs including car hop, short hand instructor, and insurance adjuster. In 1958 Dea met the love of her life Richard Holesapple, and together they began a marriage and business partnership that spanned five decades. Dea and Richard moved to Los Angeles and became very successful real estate agents and after many years of hard work they heard of a opportunity to build a shopping center in Carmichael, Calif. With little more than a dream, courage and determination they developed a large part of Carmichael and are pillars of that community to this day. Dea's business sense, good nature and uncanny professionalism have not gone unnoticed and for years people have sought her valuable business council. Dea herself was a giving and forgiving person, who was bigger than life, especially when it came to her generosity. Dea was always trying to bring her extended family of children, grandchildren, and friends together. She would tirelessly encourage family gatherings and outings, creating a lasting legacy of beautiful memories. Dea enjoyed helping others and giving her time and energy to the various causes and people that God would send her way. Dea was well known for hard work, attention to details and her brilliant analytical mind. We will remember forever that kindness of her loving heart.

Dea will be sorely missed by her husband of 50 years, Richard, her son Joe and his wife Debbie, her sister Dorothy Masse, her grandchildren Dorie, Heather, Joey, Hailey, and Richard, and her great-grandchildren Jesse Ingram, Colt O'Neal, and Brennan Holesapple.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Loaves and Fishes in Dea's honor, (916) 446-0874, P.O. Box 2161, Sacramento, CA 95812.

Published in The Sacramento Bee from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2009