Terry James Rosendahl, a 62 year-old beloved member of our community passed over suddenly on the 1st day of spring, March 21st, 2014. A man who was in top physical condition was doing what he loved; running in Ragle Park in Sebastopol on a beautiful spring afternoon.
Terry is survived by son Adam, his son’s mother, Denise, his father James and wife Kathy, brothers Tim, his wife Lisa and their children Ashley, Brandon and Cassandra, his brother Tom, wife Brenda and children, Tanner, Eli, Jase, Wyatt and Jerrica, and finally, his dear girlfriend Karen. His mother Helen preceded him in death.
He was born in Minot, North Dakota on October 21st, 1951 and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. A juggler, minstrel and creative games maverick, Terry (then called “Mistachio”) travelled to Renaissance fairs around the country with the “Pig’s Eye Compaña,” a vagabond group of entertainers.
He relocated to Northern California where he has lived for 30 years, with the past 20 years in Sebastopol. He and Denise created a beautiful home in the redwoods in Sebastopol where their son Adam was raised.
Terry worked for most of his career in software sales but most people knew and loved him as a Renaissance man. An enthusiastic member of the Sebastopol dance community, he shared his multitude of skills as musician, juggler and eclectic dancer along with his ever willingness to help out friends in need. Always a spiritual seeker, he has been a committed member of the Center for Spiritual Living for the past 15 years.
He will be remembered and hugely missed by his family and friends for his quiet presence, his deep listening skills and for his kind and compassionate heart.
A Rosendahl Memorial Fund has been established at the Sebastopol Redwood Credit Union, 7840 Covert Lane, Sebastopol to facilitate the completion of a gifting from Terry to his son Adam. (Donations are payable to Adam Rosendahl) Gifts of flowers may be sent to the chapel at the Center for Spiritual Living by 4pm on Friday, 3/28.
Services will be held Friday, March 28th at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Road in Santa Rosa at 5 pm with a healthy potluck reception to follow.
His music career in Sonoma County spans back to Rosie's Cantina in the early 70s where he and his partner Rick Concoff, were sure to create an atmosphere of unexpected humor and memorable music. He and Rickie recorded four albums of Israeli folk music and an album of original music with Jonathan Marmelzat.
As Ron and Pam started attending the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa is the mid 90s, Ron's music began to mingle with his spiritual values. Pam and Ron shared a love of music and toured the county playing at other Centers. During this time, he also recorded two CDs of original songs that speak to the joy of life with his songwriting partner and friend Claire Victor. His passion for music is passed on to his talented children Lila and Patrick. His legacy also includes the many guitar students, both private and at Summer Waldorf School, whose lives were influenced forever. Being the people-person that he was, Ron also thoroughly enjoyed working with Pam running their family business, Hampton Court, a bath and body shop located in downtown Santa Rosa for 22 years. The shop eventually moved to the Internet and Ron became skilled working with product images in Photoshop. He will also be remembered and missed by his spiritual community, mother Betty, brother Michael and sister in law Kay, sister Dawn and brother-in-law Bill and his many long time friends.
His gentle nature, sense of humor, and ability to draw the best out in people lives on in us all. He passed peacefully at home with Pam at his side. A musical tribute and celebration of Ron's life will be held on March 29, 2014, 2 p.m., at The Center for Spiritual Living. 2075 Occidental Rd. Santa Rosa CA 95403.
Ron loved his garden and as a reminder of his spirit living on, please send donations for the Ron Atchison Memorial Garden to Pam Atchison at 1275 4th street, Box 173, Santa Rosa, Ca 94504 in lieu of cut flowers. -
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