August 1, 1926 - April 16, 2017
Born in Boulder Creek, CA
Resided in Salinas, CA
She lived in Boulder Creek, Watsonville, Corralitos, Petaluma, Woodside and Salinas CA. She was a member of the Croatian community with deep roots in the Watsonville area, and a graduate of Watsonville High School.
She held many jobs over the years, from bookkeeper to sandwich maker, and caretaker for the ranches and estates of the Hooper and Schroll families of Woodside. She was also the treasurer for the Salvation Army Home League of Salinas for many years.
Helen was predeceased by her husband David "Buzz" Isaac in 1972. She was also predeceased by her parents John and Jennie Simunovich, her brothers George Strouble and Jim Simunovich, and her sisters Anna Rakes and Caroline Barnes.
Helen is survived by her devoted sister, Major Genevieve Simunovich of Salinas and her cherished brother, Donald Simunovich of San Jose. She also leaves behind her loving daughters, Carol (Jimmie) Wolfe of Redwood City, and Cindy (Sylvin) Emerson of Altaville CA, and special nieces whom she helped raise, Ellen (Richard) Byng of Bradley, and Karen (David) Ostby of Salinas. Helen had 3 grandchildren; Shane Gavino, Maraya Wolfe and Marissa Wolfe, and 4 great grandchildren; Noel, Tony, Daisy and Isaiah, who loved her dearly. She is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces and friends.
Helen will be remembered for her deep devotion to family, her kindness and caregiving to many family members, and her laughter and funny stories about life. She was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed sewing and crocheting, along with gardening and canning jams and jellies. She loved animals, and for many years cared a variety, from chickens and rabbits to sheep, cats and dogs.
At her request, no services will be held. Donations may be made in her name to The Salvation Army of Salinas.
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