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September 22, 2013 12:05 AM

Angiolina Betty Cavaletto Scholtz, born August 24, 1934 in Santa Barbara, California, left her earthly body on Monday, September 16, 2013, after a brief but valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a Santa Barbara native, born into the loving home of Giuseppi and Martha Cavaletto and immersed in the rich Italian culture only known by the hard-working Italian immigrants of yore. While those of us left behind are bereft, Giuseppi and Martha, and sisters Pierina Cavaletto Nicoletti and Ida Cavaletto Burnam have welcomed her with jubilation into their loving embrace in heaven, where they will await us together in perfect peace.

Angie married Werner P. Scholtz in 1961 and was blessed with her greatest gift in daughter Elizabeth Lorraine Scholtz the following year.

Some of Angie's broad interests and activities throughout her life included playing and teaching classical piano and travel through Europe; she was a voracious reader, lover of the arts and fluent in three languages. Angie's brilliant mind took her far in her professional career as the personal legal assistant to Antonio R. Romasanta for 51 years. Together the duo immersed themselves in building a tremendous law practice and earning a stellar reputation for Mr. Romasanta among his contemporaries.

During Old Spanish Days in the year 1959, Angie proudly wore the crown of St. Barbara. Always involved, Angie was instrumental in the organization and directorship of the German Club of Santa Barbara, the Italian-American Boot Club, as well as the annual Piemontese nel mond dinner. Angie loved to dance and attend parties and functions and she always provided a "Glop" at every picnic she enthusiastically attended. Her joie de vivre, deep pride in her Italian heritage and her love for Santa Barbara were unwavering. A gifted host, the epitome of grace, class and hospitality, Angie was the heartbeat at every gathering. Her magnificently adorned China table settings and delicious meals prepared with love can never be duplicated.

No one can deny the keen wit Angie inherited from her father that led many a friend and invited guest to laugh till they cried. She could skillfully weave a story from past or present-day events, tell a joke with aplomb or pen a letter in stellar cursive with the essence of her humor woven through its fabric. The even tempo of her sultry voice took us on journeys to Italy, described fine cuisine she had savored and provided chunks of ancestral heritage, giving names to faces never before seen. For those who have sat and engaged Angie in conversation, her connection to and interest in each individual was exemplary. She valued the human spirit, sympathizing or rejoicing accordingly with those she loved.

Her departure will leave a chasm in the life of her cherished daughter, as well as nieces Patti Nicoletti Searcy (Rob); Rebecca Nicoletti Colla (Jeff); nephew Vincent L. Nicoletti, Jr., (Lillian); great niece Cristina L. Colla Elbert (Eric); great nephews Michael J. Colla; Arthur W. Mattmiller, III (Collette); Mark S. Abrams (Elizabeth); Adam J. Abrams (Kristen); great-great nephews Benson Michael Elbert; George W. Abrams; great-great nieces Nicolla G. Elbert; Tessa C. Elbert; Alexis W. Abrams; Victoria R. Abrams; Lillian F. Abrams, as well as a plethora of treasured friends.

We wish to thank the kind hearted friends who rallied around our Angie, providing care and companionship to her during her final weeks.

The Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E. Sola St; Catholic Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, at San Roque Catholic Church, 325 Argonne Circle, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may remember Angie with donations to DAWG at 5480 Overpass Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Catalyst for Cats, Inc. at P.O. Box 30331, Santa Barbara, CA 93130; or a charity of personal preference.

Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels


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