Alice Marie Zwierlein Schlim October 28, 1929 – July 20, 2011 passed away peacefully at Our Lady of Fatima, Saratoga, CA at the age of 81, after a life full of adventure, world travel, volunteerism, philanthropy and the love and affection of dear friends and family. Alice’s parents, Emil Zwierlein and Irene Clark Zwierlein, her brother Robert Zwierlein, her sister Elaine Zwierlein Mundy along with her beloved and much longed for husband Charles Joseph Schlim preceded her in death. Alice’s family had deep roots in San Mateo, CA. Her parents owned the popular department store, Loewe & Zwierlein, and built the family home at the top of the hill on Harvard Rd. Her school years were spent at Sacred Heart Elementary and High School in Woodside, CA as a boarding student, and then at Dominican College in San Rafael, CA, where she graduated with a teaching degree. With a sociable mother and outdoorsman father, Alice grew up with hiking, camping, road touring, and vacationing in Europe. As a young adult, she enjoyed the vibrant social scene of the time, and recalled with fondness the fashionable gowns she wore to parties and special events. After working as a teacher for a brief time, Alice accepted a proposal from Charles, a Naval officer, and they married on a hot August day with the reception held at the Zwierlein family home. As a young couple, the Schlims traveled by ship to Agana Guam, where their first child Carol was born. After returning to San Mateo, the family expanded with the birth of a son and daughter, Walter and Kate. Alice and Charles moved the family to foggy Burlingame, CA, but later, seeking sunshine, the Schlims settled in Los Gatos, CA. Alice and Charles were a loving couple who enjoyed an active lifestyle of packing trips in the Sierra Mountains, tennis, jogging, cooking meals from foreign lands, and raising their family. Cocktail hour was their daily opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns and activities. The family took regular Sunday outings to church followed by lunch and sightseeing jaunts around the Bay Area. The death of Charles from Leukemia in his early 50’s proved devastating to Alice, and she would continue to miss his charm and friendship for the rest of her life. As a widow, Alice packed her bags and traveled to over 28 countries, including Africa, Peru, Seychelles Islands, Galpagos Islands, China, India, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to many places throughout the U.S. An active and passionate volunteer, Alice spent many hours with the Newcomers and Garden Clubs, Republican Women’s Organization, American Association of University Women, Hakoni Gardens, and her favorite, Filoli. During her life Alice resided in San Mateo, Guam, Burlingame, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Cupertino. Friends and family will always remember Alice for her sense of style, generosity, compassion, humor, smile, sparkling blue eyes, passion for life and her ability to ensure the comfort of those around her. Alice is survived by her daughter Carol H. Schlim and her husband Robert Szlaius; grandchildren Alison J. and Jason M. Grimme and their father Glen A. Grimme, all of North Carolina; son Walter Z. Schlim and his wife Suzanne Macklin of Paradise, CA; daughter Kate L. Clark and her partner Tish Denevan of Santa Cruz, CA; sister-in-law Barbara M. Zwierlein of San Mateo, CA; along with many nieces and nephews. At Alice’s request no services will be held. Her family requests that you celebrate her life in a way that will bring you peace with her passing. Her children thank you for being a part of Alice’s life and for the friendship you offered her. Donations may be sent in Alice’s honor to Filoli in Woodside CA, to Peninsula Open Space Trust in Palo Alto, CA or to a charity of your choosing.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 24, 2011