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Obituary for Pauline Florence Bednorz Lowe
With deep sadness we announce the passing of our very loved Mother, Pauline Florence Bednorz Lowe, 97, on June 21, at her home at Vaca Valley Living.
Mom was born in White Deer, Texas, on December 15, 1923, and was the eldest of nine children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lowe, Jr., her parents, Julius & Mary Bednorz, and her siblings John Bednorz, Larraine Qualls, & Betty Caulkins. She is survived by her siblings Mary Lee Hebert (Curtis), Leona Mathis, Clara Rose McNamara, Douglas Bednorz and Don Bednorz (Mary Belle) and many, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Mom will be dearly missed by her children: Kathy Nesse (Mark), Pam Thomas, Gail Grimm (Houston) and Gary Lowe. She leaves seven grandchildren: Katie Haupt (Carl), Thomas Wilson, Rachel Wilson, Christopher Grimm and Jennelle Noga (Kevin). She also leaves nine great grandchildren: Brittney, Kayla and Abigail Haupt; Nathan, Matthew, Andrew and Hendrix Wilson; and Kennedy and Easton Noga.
Growing up in the Depression years made Mom, a hard-working, practical wife & mother. She instilled in us lifelong values (good manners, cooperativeness and the striving to always do better). She always stressed we should be good students in school and hard-working as adults.
An adventurous soul, she traveled to San Francisco with her parents to see the newly constructed Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean – what sights for a farm girl from Panhandle, Texas! As a young woman during WWII, she moved to the “big city” of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She impressed her sisters on a visit home with her stylish outfits and matching shoes and handbag. What began as a tuna fish sandwich luncheon date, developed into love, and Mom married our dear Dad in Las Vegas in 1948. She became a supportive Air Force wife living in California when Dad was stationed Edwards AFB, California, Anderson AFB, Guam and finally Travis AFB, California.
Mom and Dad loved camping and yearly visited their favorite campground, Rice Creek, north of Chester, CA. They finally traded-in the camp tent for an RV and “hit the road”, visiting many National Parks across the western US. They were members of The Good Sam Club and the Cowtown Campers.
After Dad's passing in 1988, Mom traveled on her own, visiting Alaska, China, the British Isles and destinations in “the lower 48” (Branson, Florida & New England). She developed a supportive and fun-loving group of friends when she joined the Society of Military Widows.
Our Mom was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fairfield. She joined St. Joseph Catholic Church when she moved to Vacaville in 2010.
To the very end, Mom was always friendly and personable. The staff at the Vaca Valley Living constantly expressed their affection for her and their appreciation of her positiveness. We gratefully extend our thanks to the staff at Vaca Valley Living and Vitas Hospice for the wonderful care and support they provided Mom.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 10am, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1791 Marshall Road, Vacaville. Visitation with rosary will be Tuesday, July 6, 6pm to 8pm at McCune’s Garden Chapel, Vacaville.