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Jean Gunvor (Olsson) Margolis

February 27, 1926 ~ June 10, 2019 (age 93)
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Jean Margolis passed away in the early hours of Monday, June 10, 2019.

Jean was with loving friends, ensuring she was kept comfortable and treated with great respect.  She had declined any tests or procedures after finding that she had imminent congestive heart failure.  Her body had reached its “best use by date”, as she put it, and she was uninterested in additional repairs.  Still, she was intellectually alert, astute, and continued to stay active with two book clubs and a Walnut Creek library discussion group, playing bridge, and enjoying lunches and dinners with her many friends even into the last week of her life; and, as we all discovered, she was an enthusiastic Warriors fan.

Jean’s wide range of life-long friends included professional women from her employment decades earlier at both Cutter Labs and UC Berkeley, and many multi-generational friends who were the children of prior close friends and neighbors.  These relationships developed independently with Jean, many that continued long after their parents had passed.  Rather than becoming a parental figure, Jean retained those friendships on a peer basis with her ability to stay contemporary in her thinking, ideas, and cultural adaptation to the world around her.

With keen artistic senses, Jean Margolis was a style icon, always providing an example of grace and dignity for those around her.  As a young woman, she was a hat model and could have continued in that role into her 90s.  Mostly, she brightened every encounter with her endless positive attitude and joy for living.

Jean was predeceased by her husband of over 60 years, Jack Margolis, AIA.  Their beloved daughter Valerie passed away in 2004.  Jean is survived by her sister Carol Rich and Carol’s sons Darrell and David, as well as Paul Olsson and Norma Olsson Bailey, children of her deceased brother, Folke ‘Ole’ Olsson. 

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A celebration of Jean's life will take place at Highland Country Club 110 Hiller Dr, Oakland, CA 94618 on Sunday afternoon, September 8th. Please leave your email in the guestbook to receive further details as they are arranged.

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