Sheila Holenda

1962 - 2010, Santa Barbara

April 10, 1962 - November 13, 2010

Sheila Holenda was born April 10th, 1962 in Hollywood, California and grew up in Santa Maria, the daughter of the late Milo Holenda, a math instructor at Allan Hancock College. She graduated from UCSB in 1989 with a B.A. in English.

Sheila Holenda sang with the band Thrifty People and produced performance art with Ballpeen Hammer Artists' Collective that she co-founded in Santa Barbara. In the 1990s she founded the '60s girl group-influenced band The Roulettes and performed at the Purple Onion in North Beach and the Bottom of the Hill.

For the past twelve years Sheila lived in Los Angeles and worked until recently as a cataloguer at the USC Hugh Hefner Moving Image Archive at the School of Cinematic Arts.

Sheila is survived by her mother, Margarete Holenda; her brother Forrest Holenda; her brother Greg Holenda; her brother and sister-in-law Eric Holenda and Christina Bird-Holenda; and her friends in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Maria, Nipomo, Goleta, and Santa Barbara, who loved her deeply.

Come celebrate Sheila's life at a memorial service on Saturday, November 20th, 1 p.m. at Sarah House, 2612 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara. Donations can be made to Sarah House.

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