Carlson-Bowen, Vera Romanova

Vera Romanova Carlson-Bowen
November 21, 1989 – December 29, 2015
Resident of San Jose
Vera was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and was placed in an orphanage at the age of 5 months. She was adopted with her twin sister by Peg Carlson-Bowen and Paul Bowen on January 24th, 1995. Vera was a natural athlete and soccer was her passion. The ‘Surf Girls’ gave her and her family lifelong friends; the Attitude, the Torpedoes, the Los Gatos Lightning expanded her circle of soccer buddies. She played at Pioneer High School and was in the BVAL Senior Showcase game in 2009. She also played at West Valley and many adult teams. She probably held several records for offsides penalties, but she was always in a position to score. When she was diagnosed with cancer, her concern was whether she could continue to play. When she got her doctor’s approval, she played 8 games in 8 days! She was a diehard Cyberrays, Pride and Women’s National fan, going to many soccer camps and clinics, often led by her (s)heroes.
Vera loved to socialize—her friends and co-workers fueled her zest for life and brought out her dazzling smile. She loved having family around her, and depended on them in good times and bad. Her family appreciates the dozens of photos everyone has sent to help us remember happy times. Vera maintained a positive attitude despite the chemotherapy side effects most didn’t see. Those who did see were amazed by her ability to face challenges on her own terms and make her own choices. She was a remarkable person and will not be forgotten.
Vera is survived by her parents and twin sister, Nadya, her brothers Scott Dettmering (Sandy) and Jonathan Bowen (Karen); her nephews Shayne, Evan and Kaidyn, and her niece Samantha; and her uncles Don Bowen and Tom Carlson (Anne). Many thanks especially to Chad Carlson and Karen Bowen for bringing their professional medical skills to help ease her last days. Thanks also to Kaiser’s oncology and infusion departments, palliative care team and hospice services.
A celebration of Vera’s life will be held at 2 pm on January 24th, 2016, at the Scottish Rite Center, 2455 Masonic Dr., San Jose, 95125. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the non-profit Cancer CAREpoint of Los Gatos, which provides supportive services to those affected by cancer at no cost.
“There is no off-sides in Heaven!”

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