Paula Adele Unger Boelsems
1926 - 2017
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November 15, 1926 - January 9, 2017 Paula Adele Unger Boelsems, (stage name Paula Dell) 90 passed away at her long time Santa Monica home with her son by her side. Born in Longmont, Colorado to Ralph and Clayton Unger. Her family moved to California in 1935 where she became the Queen of Muscle Beach, a Hollywood stunt woman, an international acrobatic judge, a school teacher, a graduate of Santa Monica High School, Stephens College and USC. Predeceased in death by husband Hal, a lifetime Santa Monica resident, survived by son Randy( K. C.) and granddaughters Emily & Gracie Boelsems, sister Rosalie Cloud, 6 nieces, 4 nephews and their families. Memorial Services January 25, 2017, 11 AM Grace Lutheran Church, 4427 Overland, Culver City, CA 90230. Followed by Celebration of Life in the church fellowship hall. Interment 2 PM Woodlawn Cemetry, 1847 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 Casual dress and Beachwear are appropriate. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name, to Grace Lutheran Church of Culver City.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Jan. 12 to Jan. 23, 2017.
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August 7, 2020
I loved her like I would an older sister who always encouraged me in art and gymnastics and her partner Russ Saunders would spot me on the flying rings as I performed in Santa Monica and Venice California. Paula grew and learned in acrobatics with style and grace who will forever be remembered as a pioneer of elegance in acrobatics and team member with Russell Saunders for 50 years. R.I.P.
Love Forever Paula!
Richard mann
January 30, 2017
my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved mother may the God of tender mercy comfort your family
January 28, 2017
jenie silva
January 22, 2017
I loved reading about her in the New York Times. What an incredible woman! Sending best wishes and loving thoughts to her family.
Sarah K
January 19, 2017
I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort give you strength during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11
January 18, 2017
Sending our sympathy. She was a true "wonder" woman. It was our pleasure to see and talk with her at Grace Lutheran Church for many years. With love and prayers, The Hayes Family
Carol Hayes
January 18, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family and friends
January 17, 2017
Paula you were a special lady. Love to Randy & KC, Emily & Gracie. Our thought are with you. We loved your stories and our time together over the years.
Judie & Paul Schinz
January 15, 2017
Dear Boelsems Family,
I remember your mother (and father) from the days of the Rod and Reel Club picnics at Paradise Cove. I enjoyed looking at all of the pictures from her wonderful life. My sincere sympathy to you all.
Donna Fobert Schumacher (daughter of Don and Madalene)
January 15, 2017
to rosalie, janice, melanie and family, sincere condolences from jane whiting's daughters. we send our sympathy. -kathy w.
kathy whiting
January 14, 2017
Dear Paula, in our 60 years of friendship we shared so much; Muscle Beach (those that know, that says it all) dance classes; camping & water skiing trips with lots of crazy daredevils, kids & dogs & Randy & Ginger on his shush board; Ted Dewayne Circus dates; auditions and interviews; bar BQ's after the beach & Hal's fantastic beer battered fish; workouts at the high school gym and beer and pool afterwards; our numerous trips to Palm Springs, Salton Sea or Vegas, getting in backstage & at all the circus's to visit our friends; our trips to state competitions with you judging; our mini vacations to Yosemite and Sequoia and all the little out of the way towns; but more important, our confidences, our church, our faith and what I will miss the most is our anything and everything...we could laugh & giggle & sometimes cried together. I love you and will sorely miss you Paula and to tell the truth, I'm a little jealous, because you're up there will all of our friends and I'm still waiting my turn to fly....until then...say hello for me....Love you, Patti Tanny Baker
Patti Baker
January 13, 2017
Our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Paula. She was one of a kind and we will cherish our memories of her and the times we spent together.
Rick Hall
January 13, 2017
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I pray in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories shared and will always cherish these beautiful memories . Romans 15:13 -

D. Wilmington-California
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