Thomasina (T.J.) Jean Beale Amundsen
1-15-48 to 11-2-20
Resident of Pittsburg, CA
Thomasina (T.J.) Jean Beale Amundsen a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away on 11-2-20 with her family by her side after a valiant battle with cancer. She was a fighter with a zest for life. She endured 9 years of treatment with dignity and strength that amazed all who knew her.
T.J. was born and raised in Quincy, CA. Attended Quincy Elementary and Quincy Jr. Sr. High School, graduating in 1966 at the top of her class. T.J. was very bright, exceedingly competent, a natural leader and knew what she wanted in life from an early age. She was a rich woman in all the things that mattered. She married the love of her life, Tony Amundsen, of 54 years, making an incredible life together.
She worked at the Plumas County of Education School District in Quincy until relocating to Pittsburg, CA in 1973. She had a stellar 35 year career as a Medical Staff Coordinator for Los Medanos Hospital, John Muir Medical Center, and finally Sutter Delta Hospital in Antioch, retiring in 2004. Greatly respected by her peers and considered a valued asset to many. She was extremely dedicated and devoted to her profession.
Traveling became T.J.’s passion after retirement. As an elite member of Princess Cruise line, she became a world traveler, venturing throughout Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and the Philippines. Her dream was to take her family on a cruise to the Caribbean in celebration of her 50th wedding anniversary. She did just that, which is a memory we will cherish forever. She also travelled throughout the USA visiting many national monuments. She and her husband attended Subic Bay Marine Corps reunions, family reunions in Nevada with the Olds Family, and many boating weekends on the California Delta. T.J. always looked forward to her annual “Old Broads” weekend trips with 5 of her kindergarten girlfriends.
T.J. loved, was proud of, and truly supported her family and friends. This was her greatest gift. She was all about traditions, holidays, special occasions, and family vacations. Her home was filled with love, laughter and good food. T.J. was known for her warm personality, happy giggle and contagious laugh. Her ability to instantly make a person feel at ease with conversation was remarkable. She was loyal, kind, honest and generous. Many of her friends express how lucky they were to have her as a friend. She believed in giving warm hugs. She enjoyed reading, dancing and was an avid cat lover. She had many feline friends throughout her life.
Survived by her loving husband, Tony Amundsen, daughters; Dawn Restani (Jon) of Sacramento CA, Heidi Amundsen-Myers (Rich) of Lodi CA, 4 grandsons, Joseph and Justin Restani, Jason and Joshua Myers, otherwise known as her J Club, sister Yvonne Dietrich Deverman, niece Kim Maness and nephew Benjamin Blake. Preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Alice Beale and her sister Janet Beale.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the staff at Kaiser Walnut Creek and Antioch for the excellent care T.J. received during her illness. A special thank you to her oncologist Micheal Russin, MD.
Due to Covid, there will be a celebration of life next year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following, Community Concern for Cats, SPCA, Hospice of East Bay or the American Lung Association.