Obituary: Jeannie Vetter Hedegaard

Jeannie Vetter Hedegaard

Jeannie Vetter Hedegaard, formerly of Lindsay, Calif., passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 15, 2018 at the age of 81. She was born in Lindsay, Calif. on July 5, 1936. She went to school in Lindsay and later moved to Visalia. 

She was the heart and soul of her family. All her adult life her home was always open to all, family, friends, and acquaintances. Everyone was always welcome. She was a medical assistant and the office manager for Dr. Arne Hedegaard Corp. She was very active in the Lutheran Church and a member of Alter Guild. Jeannie volunteered with the Senior Gleaners and was acknowledged for 12 years of dedicated volunteer service with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, where she served in several positions including president.

Her hobbies included poetry, sketching and painting, with a special love of gardening. She loved to watch her plants and flowers grow, passing through the beauty of the seasons. She loved her flowers but loved her family more.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Arne Hedegaard, her parents Fred and Alyce Vetter, and sisters Delores Vetter, Noreen Kumler-Cook, and Dorothy Vetter. 

She is survived by her siblings Eyleen Smith of Porterville and Kenneth Vetter of Bakersfield, Calif.; her children, Jaquelyn Manners of Eugene, Ore., Karen Higgins of Sacramento, Thomas Higgins, Clayton Mancha, Michelle McCarter all of Visalia; and her step children, Eric Hedegaard of Lakeside, Calif., Jens Hedegaard of Poway, Calif., Kirk Hedegaard of Arizona, and Holly Herren of Bethesda, Md.; 18 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on June 2 at Salser & Dillard Funeral Home, 127 E. Caldwell Ave. in Visalia, Calif. Celebration of life to follow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Visalia Elks Lodge, 3100 W. Main St. in Visalia. 

One of Jeannie’s last requests was that everyone wear bright colors in honor of her celebration. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to one of Jeannie’s favorite charities: My Father’s House of Visalia, Shriners Hospital, St Jude’s Hospital or Grace Lutheran Church in Visalia.

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