Lorene Unger
Lorene “Lolly” Unger, 84, of Encinitas passed away peacefully on November 27th, 2021 surrounded by her loved ones. Lolly, a native San Diegan born June 18, 1937, went to Hoover High School and was a stay-at-home mom before working in human resources at General Dynamics.

Lolly was predeceased by her parents, Clay and Ivarene Wolfe, sister, Arlene Radmilovich, nephew, Damon Radmilovich, and beloved husband, Jim Unger. She is survived by her children -- Melanie Karaffa Tolan, Kevin Karaffa and Rick Karaffa, her nieces Lyndi Radmilovich and Leslie Radmilovich, step children Jim Unger, Jr. and Maris Miller, her grandchildren -- Claire Karaffa, Connor Karaffa, Joss Tolan, Sawyer Tolan, and Alysia Obina, and a great niece, Kerri Foster, and great nephew, Garrett Foster, and great grandchildren.

Lolly was a one-of-a-kind personality and people gravitated toward her infectious, fun-loving personality who loved the beach, socializing, being the life of the party, and seeking adventure. She and her husband traveled the world. She went skydiving to celebrate her 55th birthday and raced down Haleakala in Maui on a mountain bike at 70.

Her family could not not have asked for a more loving mom, aunt, or grandma. Lolly was always happiest spending time with family. Her final words that she left were, “I leave you with a smiley face in my heart, you were everything in life to me...Oh, what a life I had.”

A celebration of life will be held on December 10th at 11AM. Please contact [email protected] for more information. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or per Lolly’s wishes, plant something in your yard and talk to her whenever you want .
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 5, 2021.
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Lorene and i met in the late 1960s when living on 30th st near Balboa park.i always thought her children were the nicest i ever met. they got it from their mother.we continued our friendship for 50 yrseven when i moved back to Ohio.My daughter was living and working in LA couple years ago and Kate and I visited Lorene in Encinitas.You only have a few lifetime friends and L0rene was one of mine,LOVE was all around when in her presence.
Bob Edwards
December 15, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Lolly´s passing and wish we could be there with you, her family and friends, to honor her life. We would like to express to you how much she meant to us and especially the joy she brought back to the life of our father Jim who sadly passed in 2014. As you may recall, Lorene could stretch a dollar and magically make it ten which added to their fun and ability to venture to places many of us would not even think to consider...like travel by frigate! In their later lives, they both so enjoyed their day trips and many dinners around town. They had a life and love many would envy and we will always be grateful for how she enriched not only our father´s life, but all of our lives. She was a generous, loving lady who made the world a little bit better for all of us. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family that she so dearly loved.
Jim & Terry Unger
Family
December 12, 2021
Lolly I will miss you. I do wish I had lived closer and could have had more time with you. I hope you and great grandma are partying in Heaven.
Alysia Obina
December 10, 2021
Marsha K. Bass
Family
December 8, 2021
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Marsha K. Bass
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December 8, 2021
My dearest Lolly -- I just learned that today, your spirit sailed toward brighter shores. You inspired me to write to release myself from things I lost in The Fire. This, I write for you... There are some people we meet who leave an indelible mark on the soul. Life paths cross for a fleeting moment in this realm but, by faith, we know...nothing is coincidental or without purpose. How very grateful I am that our meeting, though just a slender thread in life's fabric, came to be. Thank you... For teaching me how to honor others and myself by maintaining a living, organic spiritual relationship with My Creator... For teaching me about choices, not whether they're right or wrong, but rather how our willingness to accept accountability for them is a great path to peace... we must come to terms with our humanity. For inspiring me to move beyond a directionless and rudderless Second Act by sharing your own fascinating stories of travels, encounters, family, loves lost and loves won (for there simply cannot be one without the other)... For serving as a fearless example of the power of molding life into what it was meant to be in order to become the best and most authentic version of myself... and to seek the beauty that seems so lost. I am so very thankful you met me at my most vulnerable and that I listened when you shared your stories. It is exceedingly difficult to pour anything into a vessel that is already full. Through these most challenging years, I have seen wondrous things because I listened to you! Yes, Lolly, now I understand, "It costs just as much to look at a wall as it does the view. Always ask for the view. You deserve it!" #LessonsLearned #AlwaysAskForTheView
Marsha K. Bass
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December 8, 2021
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