Genie Birlem Provencio

05/25/1933 - 01/13/2022


Obituary For Genie Birlem Provencio

Genie Birlem Provencio passed away suddenly on January 13. She was preceded in death by her husband Al and her daughter Amy.

She is survived by her son Douglas and his wife Christian and four grandchildren, Maddie, Ryan, Eli, and Alice.

Genie was born in San Mateo to Amber and Mason Birlem and had a brother, David. She graduated from Burroughs High in Burbank and earned a B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked short jobs at CBS Studios, the Bancroft Library, the SF Chronicle, and 11 years as a legal secretary at the Bank of California. She also ran a licensed home childcare and a business making colorful hand puppets.

Genie participated actively in many organizations, from Girl Scouts as a teenager to the Berkeley Co-op and First Congregational Church to the California Association for the Gifted, AAUW, Cal Alumni, NARFE, and Pax Christi, as well as many informal crafting and book groups. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, collecting, and reading. She loved swimming and ice-skating, and was always delighted by children and animals.

Genie was smart, curious, friendly, and had a great sense of humor. She was persistently cheerful even when faced with adversity and always hoped and worked hard for a better world. She requested that people wear brightly colored clothing on the day of her services or whenever they wish to remember her fondly.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing in her memory to any of: the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the American Lung Association,, or the Cal Alumni Association TAAP Scholarship Fund.


7 Feb


04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Fremont Chapel Of The Roses 1940 Peralta Blvd Fremont, CA 94536 Get Directions »
8 Feb

Graveside Service

11:00 AM

Cedar Lawn Cemetery 48800 Warm Springs Boulevard Fremont, CA 94539 Get Directions »
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  • 02/08/2022

    I'm Hailey, I was Genies caregiver for the last three years. unfortunately, in my profession, ordinary things like this happen all the time. But what doesn't happen all the time and is not ordinary, is when you meet someone who you truly get along with. who turns out to be wonderful to be around, who teaches you about life, who takes you on great adventures to places you'd never have gone without them, who teaches you just how wonderful life can be and turns out to be someone so special, it shakes your world when they go. Meeting Genie was not ordinary at all, it was actually extraordinary. I feel so blessed, honored and privileged to have had the pleasure of being her friend for the last 3 years. She will always be one of the most beautiful chapters in my life.

  • 02/04/2022

    I met Genie at my first Book Talk meeting in the Fremont Main Library. She went out of her way to welcome me. Many times we chose to sit next to eachother so we could sereptitously confer on the latest issues. I loved her sharp wit, understanding of current events and issues and her deep compassion for others. I am grateful to have known her. I keep one of her puppets on my desk. Emelie

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