Obituary: Bobbette Pearl (Carel) Kuklis
Private family graveside services were conducted Aug. 21 at Happy Homestead Cemetery for Bobbette Pearl (Carel) Kuklis, who died from complications of lung infection on Aug. 14, 2000, at Barton Memorial Hospital. She was 80.
Mrs. Kuklis was born Jan. 28, 1920, at Waynesville, N.C., to Robert and Pearl (Rogers) Carel. She graduated from high school at Glendale, Calif., and during World War II volunteered for the rationing board to help distribute supplies to the public. She married Stanley Kuklis in Southern California in 1945, and they lived in Renton, Wash., until 1948, when they moved to the San Jose Air Base at San Jose, Calif. They then resided at Mt. View, Calif., where she was an instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. They relocated to Redwood City, Calif., in 1958, where she worked for the Salvation Army for six years and was an administrative assistant for Scientific Products in Sunnyvale, Calif., for 14 years. They had owned a home at South Lake Tahoe since 1976, where they retired in 1982.
Mrs. Kuklis was a member of Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, South Lake Tahoe Women’s League and Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. She enjoyed dancing and was an amateur tap and belly dancer and coordinated and modeled in fashion shows for several nonprofit organizations. She had a special love of animals and was an active volunteer with the Humane Society. She spent many hours collecting money from the donation containers in businesses around town and wrote letters and gave speeches in support of orphaned animals. She also enjoyed oil painting and creating needlepoint and macrame.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Stanley Kuklis of South Lake Tahoe; son and daughter-in-law, Tony R. and Wanda Kuklis of Redwood City; nephew and wife, Terry and Teresa Carel; niece, Kathy Carel; and numerous other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father in 1964, her mother in 1974, and brother, Chuck Carel, in 1998.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A., P.O. Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 96158.
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