Beatrice Korbus Harsch, born July 11, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2017, in Solvang, California. Bea is survived by her sister Carol A. Thompson, children Jim Harsch and Kathy Kinsman, grandchildren Sean, Kimber, Ray and Jade Kinsman. Bea is also survived by nephews Bob and David Chackel and niece Barbara Chackel, great-nieces and nephew, Katie Livermore, Danny and Kelly Chackel, Hayley Trimble, and great- great nephew Carson Livermore, as well as cousins from Illinois to California. Bea was one of the four remaining members of her high-school gang, the Grapefruit Girls whose motto was “Squeeze me and you'll get it in the eye”.
Bea lived in the Valley for almost 25 years, 22 of those in Mission Oaks in Solvang, where for a number of years she was very involved in the Homeowner's Association. Recently, Bea busied herself with her friends and neighbors in her cul-de-sac, Kathleen and Agnes, her good friend Bernice Small, and her care-giver for over 6 years, Mireya Mara. When Bea moved to the Assisted Living Center at Atterdag Village in August, she noted that she had never lived anywhere as long as she lived in Mission Oaks.
Bea was born and raised in Chicago, but after she married she and her family lived in Illinois, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Mexico, Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania again (Philly), heading back to California in 1975, first to Menlo Park, next to San Diego, then landing in the Santa Ynez Valley. Bea came to the Valley to be a care-giver to Spellman Collins at his ranch on Calzada Road in Santa Ynez. After moving to Mission Oaks, Bea worked at an antique store on Copenhagen Street before she “retired”.
Close to her sister in Santa Barbara, and even closer to her niece and nephew in the Valley, she was a hands-on great aunt helping out with car-pools, going to recitals, enjoying holiday celebrations and watching her great nieces and nephew grow-up.
Bea's daughters' family relocated to the Valley a little over a year ago, so Bea was able to spend a lot of time with her granddaughters and eldest grandson. Bea really enjoyed being a part of her grandchildren's everyday life, interested in their activities at school, graduation, Special Olympics, work and college. Being of the depression generation Bea was very frugal, so she was excited her granddaughters were learning to sew and started teaching them how to darn socks!
Bea's son Jim is a real estate broker who lives in Park City, Utah. With the exception of Bea's grandson Sean, who grew up in Park City, Jim is the only member of the family that is excited about a good snow year.
After her nomad married life, Bea found her home in Solvang. She was a familiar face at Nielsen's Market, where she was always greeted with big smiles and a “Hi Bea”, as well as the Rite Aid Pharmacy, where the staff not only knew her name but talked about the fudge she brought them at Christmas.
Bea and her family greatly appreciate the care she was given at Atterdag Village, and, to the ladies who dined with Bea at Atterdag, she will want you to continue the after meal walk even though she isn't there to nag you into going.
Bea will be missed by all who knew her.