In Memoriam – James Van Pelt (317)

Our neighbor, Ron Davis, related to me today (5/10) the sad news of Jim Van Pelt’s recent passing. I was able to find this obituary for him from the online San Mateo Daily Journal.

Additionally, below that, you’ll find Lauren Iwata’s interview from the Bowfin Inquirer of July, 2013, in which his wife, Delia, shared some of Jim’s life story – including careers in both Law Enforcement and Systems Engineering.

Rest in peace, Jim.

Recent Notes from Our Neighbors

The B.I. recently received these important communications via email from our Bowfin neighbors

  1. The City has a website that will be updated with all the events planned for the remainder of the year to celebrate the City’s 50th birthday.

    Janis Kiesel


2 Hello All,
On receiving today’s Bowfin Inquirer, I also received an announcement from FC celebrating our 50th birthday.  I’ve been a FC resident for 54 yrs and remain proudly so.  Attached is a photo of the 38” x 75” wooden collage I’d assembled with wooden scraps left over from building cabinets and shelves in our newly built Grant home in 1973.  It’s been hanging in the landing between our first and second stories and contains the stories of our city by the blue lagoon.  😛
(Weyman W. Wong)

In Memoriam – Maria Rouse

We learned that our neighbor, an Original Bowfiner, Maria Rouse, has passed away this month (April, 2021).

Maria was a talented singer, performing in the 1950s and 1960s under the name “Maria Del Carmen.”

Some of her beautiful singing can be found on Youtube. (example: )

She and her family were featured in this April, 2014, interview by her nextdoor neighbor, Lauren Iwata.

January 2021 Issue

It’s a new year! Hope it proves to be a happy one for all our neighbors on Bowfin !

Regarding the page 3 news for the Lions Club Crab Dinner, our neighbor, Janis Kiesel, has sent out this note:

For the past 20 years in February, we have come together in a large group to enjoy a crab dinner and raise funds to support community organizations. This year due to the pandemic, we are not  able to get together in a large group, but we can enjoy a crab dinner and raise funds for two worthy organizations. The pandemic which prevents us from gathering in a large group is also causing a rise in the number of people who need assistance, so our work to help others must continue.

The Foster City Lions Club is having a drive through pick up crab dinner and raffle fundraiser. The proceeds of this event will benefit: -Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to seniors and disabled individuals -Peninsula Humane Society, providing assistance to pet owners who are in need of pet food.
During this pandemic, we can help those in need and enjoy a distraction from our daily lives with a crab (or chicken) dinner and online Zoom raffle. See attached information.
You may purchase meal tickets, raffle tickets or make a donation here:
If you prefer to mail a check you may complete the attached form and mail it with payment to the address on the form.