Darla Jean Hodosy
1963 - 2016
Darla Jean Hodosy, age 53, passed away in her Goleta home on November 4th, 2016.
Born in Evansville, Indiana in 1963, Darla attended Westport High School in Louisville, KY and Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Darla and her sister, Christi, moved to Santa Barbara together in 1987, seeking adventure, as mischievous sisters will. Darla had a sweet ladylike disposition, an affinity for small luxuries, and she drove a bitchin’ bright orange vintage MG convertible. Despite a perplexing initial fear of the ocean, Darla quickly embraced the central coast and spent the last 29 years of her life masterfully collecting seashells and sea glass. She met her husband of 21 years, Laszlo Hodosy, when she rented a room on the Hodosy Family’s Foothill Road Estate, located in the oak-lined hills of Carpinteria. There, her and Laszlo’s friendship began as housemates, and bloomed into soul mates. They fell in love, cultivated their garden, and mastered the art of creative gift-wrapping. After marrying in the Presidio Chapel in 1995, Darla and Laszlo purchased their life-long home in Goleta, California. Professionally, Darla was an administrator and organizer in the architectural space. She preferred the delights of privacy and spent her vacations in Mexico with her husband, drinking margaritas and bravely addressing her fear of the ocean, by snorkeling with a Boogie board. Able to react to surprises with grace, Darla found it peculiar that wherever she went, no matter how harmless she appeared, security personnel at concerts, airports and international borders always gave her the 3rd degree; a hassle she spun into a compliment.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Laszlo, an employee of The Santa Barbara Independent Newspaper for thirty years. She is also survived by her father, Ronald J. Feldhaus of Buellton; her mother, Janice Tildner of Birmingham, Alabama; her siblings Christi Feldhaus Knowles of Birmingham, Alabama and John Feldhaus of Lompoc. Her extended Hodosy Tribe, including a baker’s dozen of nieces and nephews, will remember her at her brightest.
A memorial service is scheduled for Darla Hodosy on December 3rd, 2016 at Chase Palm Park Center from 2-5pm. Appropriately, on the oceanside of the street.