Jo Medel Holland

Jo Medel Holland


Jo Medel Holland – also known as “Aunt Chepie” – passed away quietly at the age of 91 on Oct. 28 in New Underwood, South Dakota.

Jo was born in Santa Barbara, California. As a young girl, she moved to Carpinteria, California, where she graduated from Carpinteria High School.

Jo was a rancher’s wife in her early years. She later became an independent mother of two young sons. She was a hard-working, industrious woman, who took a job as a manager for the local Safeway, where she met and began a vibrant life with her husband Dennis. They had several business ventures together, including their real estate and property management business.

The two enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii. They loved sailing to the Channel Islands and entertaining friends and family. Jo had great love for her sons, her family, and many nieces and nephews and their spouses.

Nana Jo is survived by her son Mark (Reva) Ortega; four grandchildren, Andre, Cody, Caitlin and Angelo; and one great-grandchild, Vittoro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Holland; son Damon Ortega; her parents Refugio Medel and Jesusita Saragosa Medel; and her brothers and sisters, Amalia “Aunt Molly” Medel, Lucio Medel, Albert Medel, Carmen Olivares, Henry “Kiki” Medel and Manuel Medel.

A celebration of Jo’s life will take place this coming spring in Carpinteria, California.

Friends and family are welcome to sign the online guestbook at 

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