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Karen Louise Eikeland was born Feb. 19, 1944, to Mary Margaret Gray and Lars Eikeland. Karen was a lifelong Alameda resident. She passed away May 3, 2019. 

A professional photographer par excellence, she graduated Laney College with an associate’s degree in art. 

Well known and loved for her playful, bubbly, joyful personality, Karen was a superb nature photographer. Her outstanding work appeared in several magazines and galleries.  

Karen was the photographer at the Altarena Playhouse. She served as a dedicated photo lab technician at Alameda One Hour Photo until it closed in the early 2000s. Prior to that, she served as a retoucher and lab tech for Romaine Photography in San Francisco. Karen also belonged to Alameda Photographic Society.  

A lifelong devout Catholic, she was a parishioner at St. Joseph and previously at St. Phillip Neri, both in Alameda.  

Karen died of medical complications after being hospitalized several weeks at Fairmont and subsequently at Alameda Hospital.  Her death comes as a shock to her loved ones.
Karen had no children, but is survived by brother William Eikeland, as well as other family members who love her dearly and profoundly feel this great loss.   

Walk along the beach in Alameda, down by the bird sanctuary, and maybe you’ll feel her spirit out there, shooting close-ups of the herons and sandpipers in the sunshine.

The funeral will take place at  Saturday, June 22, at 9:30 a.m. at St Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. Friends of Karen’s are asked to contact her cousin Linda for more funeral information at

On May 6, 2019, Caroline Bennett Fahlen passed away at home in Alameda after a long battle with lupus. Her beloved Pastor Dot Lundgren was by her side. A mother of six and grandmother of nine, Caroline’s strong will, determination and quick wit will be missed.

Born on Nov. 14, 1947, and raised in the St. Francis Wood neighborhood of San Francisco, Caroline graduated at the top of her class at Lowell High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Mills College in psychology, receiving a key to the school for her academic achievements. She continued her schooling and received a Master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University. While working in technology systems, Caroline met Patrick D. McAvoy, they married in 1983, and settled in Alameda.

Caroline was a gifted artist and flautist, passionate about politics and her faith, a loving owner of her feline roommate, Mac, and an avid student of foreign languages. She was very active in her church, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alameda, and volunteered regularly for Alameda Food Bank distributions. She enjoyed spending time with her large family and was surrounded by an incredible community of close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick D. McAvoy; father, Dr. Charles “Cub” Cuthbert Fahlen; mother, Dorothy ”Dot” Stauffer Fahlen and brother Charles ”Chuck” Cuthbert Fahlen. She is survived by her brother Theodore “Ted” Fahlen (Lynda), many nieces and nephews and children: Kirby Lawton (Laura) of Berkeley, Ted Lawton (Katrina) of Pismo Beach, Katie Honegger (Travis) of Alameda, Erin Kaller (Chris) of Pasadena, Grace McAvoy (Ken) of Portland, Ore., and Patrick C. McAvoy (Andi) of Pacheco. She was loving Oma to grandchildren: Tomis, Charley, Brayden, Layla, Luke, Cadence, Elliana, Charlotte, Logan and two grandchildren-to-be.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alameda Food Bank at 1900 Thau Way, Alameda, CA 94501, or the local National Public Radio station in Caroline’s memory. 
A celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday, June 30, at 1 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St., Alameda.

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. 

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