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Oscar Koolpe Obituary
Oscar "Ockie" Koolpe

"A life well spent"


Born on January 8, 1918 to Freda and Leopold Koolpe, youngest of 6 children, all preceded him. Raised in San Francisco Richmond District, graduate of Galileo High School and Heald College in the heart of the depression.


He served in the U.S. Navy on board the USS New Orleans as Chief Petty Officer and worked a long career in the Maritime Industry in Oakland, CA.


He married the love of his life, Sylvia Utman, who died on Sept. 11, 1984 and continued caring for his mother-in-law, Eva Utman, until her passing.


He traveled the world by sea and air, was an avid sports fan especially the 49ers and Giants, an avid golfer and a member of Congregation Beth Israel Judea and the Pacific Starr King Lodge #136.


"He lead a good life"


Survived by his children, Gary (Carmela) Koolpe, Lee (Deb) Koolpe and Diane (Steve) Hoying; his grandchildren, Jerica, Stacey and Kristen Koolpe, Matthew Hoying and Amanda Tierney; great grandchildren, Jackson Tierney and Savannah Powell and his long time companion, Joyce Strauss.


Funeral Services will be held Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco with interment following at Salem Memorial Park, Colma.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to City of Hope Office of SF or Congregation Beth Israel Judea.



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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 1, 2013
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