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.