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Mona Bolcom Obituary

Photo Mona Bolcom Long-time Belvedere resident Mona Bolcom died May 22, 2009, in her home, at the age of 81 years. With her husband Henry, Mona lived both on the lagoon and the island for over 58 years. Born in Englewood, NJ; on July 16, 1927, Mona Judson grew up in the state of New York with a younger sister and brother. She graduated from Smith College in 1949 after taking her junior year in Switzerland, where she became fluent in French. In 1950 Mona moved to San Francisco to work in the HR department of the White House Department store. She met her future husband Henry on April 29th and they were married 6 months later to the day in Carmel. Following a honeymoon in Acapulco, they moved onto Napier Lane beneath Coit Tower before coming to Belvedere. A world traveler, Mona spent 6 years in Okinawa in the late 1950s where she served as President of the Okinawa Ikebana Society. Over a decade later, she lived 4 years in Tokyo where she studied Japanese and actively pursued Ikebana flower arranging and then lived for 3 years in Hong Kong. Mona sang in the St. Stephen's Choir as an alto soprano for over 36 years. She was an active duplicate bridge player until she began her 16 year service as a docent for the Asian Art Museum. She supported the S.F. Symphony, was an avid reader and loved playing tournament bridge at the Lair of the Bear. She is survived by her husband Henry, brother Arthur Judson of Steamboat Springs, CO; daughters Lisa Tuck of Piedmont, Anne Bolcom of Pasadena, Cindy Murry of Long Beach; sons Charles Bolcom of Oakland and Garth Rieman of Alexandria, VA; as well as ten grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on June 22, 2009 at 3 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bay View, Belvedere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the of Northern California (1060 La Avenida, Mountain View, CA 94043, 650.962.8111).
Published in the San Francisco Chronicle on 6/7/2009
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