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Bree Soland
April 7, 1970-May 22, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Bree Soland passed away May 22, 2021 at the age of 51. She was born April 7, 1970 to the late James Soland and Jeanie McKinney in Berkeley, California. In 1991 Bree went to New York to study the arts, where she met Slava Yasnopolsky, whom she married later the same year. They were married for 11 years and divorced in 2003, though they remained close friends. For the last several years, Bree helped care for her father in Palo Alto, who suffered from kidney disease.

Bree graduated from high school in 1988. When she was younger, she enjoyed tap dancing and horseback riding, winning several ribbons while showing her horse. Bree had a wonderful sense of humor, a contagious laugh, and a beautiful smile. She was curious about any subject and could talk for hours about politics, art or history. Bree had the biggest heart. She adored her mother and father dearly. She loved animals and would care for any distressed creature that she found.

Bree was preceded in death by her grandparents Herbert and Irene Soland, parents James "Jim" Soland and Jeanne McKinney, and uncle Bruce Soland. She is survived by: Barry Soland, Uncle; Brian Soland, cousin; Melonie Soland Johnson, cousin; Teresa Soland Rubio, cousin; Gloria Collins, cousin; Slava Yasnopolsky; Bev Benson; Hank Scotch. She will be deeply missed.

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From Slava Yasnopolsky
July 17, 2021
Dear Bree, I don't know how my life can go on with you being gone. Every minute without you in it is now full of pain. Every day without you is a challenge. You cared so much about everyone who was in need of your help, or in need of your kind...
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