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Clara Angele Avila-Claeys

October 25, 1946 - July 14, 2017

Service Date: August 4, 2017

Friday, August 4th

Visitation: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Memorial Service at 1:00PM


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Clara Angele Avila-Claeys of Petaluma (known to loved ones, friends and family as Karla) passed peacefully from this world at home on July 14th, 2017 at the age of 71. A memorial will be held at the Adobe Creek Funeral home in Petaluma on August 4th, 2017, at 10:00AM.


Karla is survived by her wife Esmeralda Avila-Claeys of Petaluma California, her Sister Krista Claeys of Oostende Belgium, her son Jefferson Buller of Sebastopol California, and her beloved granddaughters Lily Buller and Ella Buller of Sebastopol California, who were a source of great joy for her. She is preceded in death by her parents Dries and Clotilde Claeys of Oostende Belgium, brother Antoon Claeys, and sisters Magda and Miet Claeys.


Karla was born October 25th 1946 in Oostende Belgium, and lived in various cities in Belgium prior to moving to the United States in 1973. She lived in California, Colorado and then again several places in California, eventually settling in Petaluma California. A lifelong early childhood educator, Karla impacted many thousands of children’s and parents’ lives as Director of Daycaring Preschool in Fairfax California. She will be remembered for the gifts she brought to their lives as a deeply caring and thoughtful person, with a heart of gold and a sense of wonder for this world and the many other worlds seen only by children and those with the imagination and curiosity to perceive them.  Her lasting legacy of love and caring for the whole child lives on at the school today because of her positive influence on the faculty, and the deeply instilled philosophies she leaves behind.


Karla loved and personally identified with bears, and had an extensive collection of bear figures in her home. She also loved the color purple, beautiful flowers, and stars. She enjoyed watching beautiful movies, but most of all, she loved to read, and spoke frequently and eloquently about the transformative and transportive power of literature, books, and periodicals.


She will be missed deeply by family, friends, and loved ones. May she rest in peace.