Obituaries

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Florence Marie Simi, 92, entered into rest May 11, 2019, in Ripon, Calif. She was born Dec. 25, 1926, in Sulphur, Okla. In heaven she joins her husband Silvio Simi and her daughter, Victoria “Vicki” Zuber.

Florence leaves behind her son Michael Simi and wife Cathy of Danville, son-in-law Leo Zuber of Ripon; granddaughters, Randi Polanich (Jon) of Los Gatos and Robyn Udavi (Richard) of Ripon; and great-grandchildren: Ethan Polanich, Martin Udavi, Owen Polanich and Stephanie Udavi.
Florence was the last of eight children born to Mace and Florence Ada Nowlin. She met Silvio during World War II. They were married at Ardmore Air Force Base in Oklahoma in 1945. They moved to Alameda where Silvio owned and operated a series of service stations while Marie did clerical work for a variety of companies. 

They retired to Paradise, Calif., in the early 1980s and lived there until moving into Bethany Home about 10 years ago. 

Florence had a life-long passion for bridge and travel, especially to Silvio’s family home in Italy. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed. 
P.L. Fry and Son is honored to serve the Simi family. A celebration of life will be held in Florence’s honor today, Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at P.L. Fry and Son, 290 North Union Road, Manteca, CA, 95337. 

For condolences to the family please visit www.plfryandson.com and search obituaries. 

Carol Irene (Bent) Brown passed into her Savior’s arms on April 29 from lung cancer. She was a lifelong resident of Alameda. 

Carol was born to Cleon and Irene Bent May 17, 1939. Carol graduated from Encinal High in 1957. She married Donald Brown in 1961. They had two children, Terry and Phyllis. Carol was blessed with six grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. 

Carol received Jesus Christ as her personal savior in 1956 while at a Bible camp. She increased her faith throughout her life and during her illness testified Jesus’ presence, often commenting she was “in God’s hands.” She had a heart for missions, contributing with a humble spirit as often as possible. She taught toddler Sunday School until her health became poor. She will be remembered as telling her little ones, “Jesus loves you.”

A celebration service will be held at a later date; interment Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. 

For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).

Paul David Kools, 57, passed away peacefully in Clearwater, Fla., on April 4, 2019. 
Born in Alameda, to Ben and Helen Kools, Paul is survived by his sisters: Ann, Karen and Elizabeth (Domingo), and his cousins: Mark (Linda), Jean, Yoshiko and Christopher (Danielle). 

Paul earned his degree in aeronautical engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His profession took him to the Mojave Desert, Santa Barbara and Washington State where he made good friends and enjoyed his work at Boeing. His final project was the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which his sisters fondly recall previewing at Boeing Everett Family Day. Paul enjoyed showing his family and friends the sights of Washington State.

Retiring from Boeing on disability in 2008, Paul remained in Edmonds until 2015, when he bought a home in Clearwater, near  his sister Karen. Leading a simple life, Paul enjoyed sharing humor and good times with his friends and family.

Diabetic since age 16 or so, Paul faced health challenges throughout his life. In 2008, with a failing heart, Paul received a mechanical heart pump via open-heart surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. When the pump failed, he received another one. He and his family and friends are forever grateful for having another 10 years together. An ash-releasing ceremony will be held privately.

Known for his sharp mind, irreverent and demented humor, Paul was a kind, sweet, gentle man who loved and appreciated his friends and family. Brother, cousin and friend, Paul showed us what strength, courage and forgiveness look like. 

We will carry you in our hearts forever.

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