Nancy Ondine Beaulieu|
March 30, 1925 – April 8, 2014
Resident of Belmont
Nancy Ondine Beaulieu, 89, passed away peacefully last Tuesday morning. She is preceded in death by her two husbands, Irvan Beaulieu and Frederic Saatman, her father and mother, Louis and Elizabeth Karras, her sister Pauline, and her brother John. She is survived by her son, Ric Saatman, her daughter in law, Grace Saatman, her four grandsons, Michael and Gary Salum, and Jonathan and Daniel Saatman, her niece and nephews, Nancy Payne, Kevin Burns, Curtis Burns, and Tom Burns, their children and grandchildren, and her cousins.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Nancy went to art school, and worked both as a model and a realtor before moving to the SF Bay Area at 29. There, she married, and became the owner and proprietor of Ondine Photography studios from 1962 to 1997. She led her business to great success, coupling her artistic abilities with her expertise in negotiation and sales. Her desire to bring joy to the families who came to her studio's doorstep resulted in lifelong customers.
Nancy was fond of making her loved ones happy. An excellent entertainer, she was often called "The Perle Mesta of Courtland Road." She was a wonderful chef, and drew great joy from seeing the smiles on the faces of friends and family after eating one of her extravagant meals. However, due to her determination, her true passion was politics. She was very active in her party, often making "get out the vote" calls during election season, and she never shied away from speaking her mind.
A master of her craft, be it photography, salesmanship, or cooking, Nancy Beaulieu's motto was "practice makes perfect," and she certainly did her fair share of practicing. Loved by all who knew her, a love which she fully reciprocated, she will be dearly missed; now that she is gone, rainbows seem just a little less colorful.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 20, 2014