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Alexander Livio Menicucci


1923 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Alexander Livio Menicucci Obituary
Alexander Livio Menicucci
August 22, 1923 - October 13, 2013
Resident of Saratoga
Alexander Livio Menicucci, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, October 13, 2013, with his loving family surrounding his bed, and each family member taking turns holding his hands. Alexander was born in San Francisco on August 22, 1923 to parents Luigi and Bibiana Menicucci. As a young boy he moved to Redwood City where he graduated from Sequoia High School. He attended San Mateo JC, College of the Pacific, UC Berkeley, and went through midshipmen school at the University of Notre Dame prior to serving as an officer in the United States Navy. During WWII he served aboard the Liberty ship USS Aurelia, and was later stationed on the island of Guam. He married his loving wife, "Barbara Lou" on November 15, 1952. During a long career in business, Alex owned and operated many different small businesses starting in San Francisco with the City Garages and the Empire Hotel (now known as the Hotel Vertigo). In 1954 Alex moved to San Jose to purchase the Hi-Way Motel on Monterey Highway, which he later named the Pepper Tree Inn. This property would be his base of operations for the next 40 years. During those years he operated multiple hotels, restaurants, apartments, mobile home parks, RV Parks, and even one business called the American Frog Ranch (yes, you read that right). During his business career he was an active member of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, and a proud member of the San Jose Rotary Club. Alex and Barbara settled in Saratoga in 1958 where they raised their five children and met a circle of very close and dear friends that would last them a lifetime. Alex and Barbara traveled all over the world together and toured the USA from coast to coast in their motorhome. He also loved boating, and enjoyed many hours with friends and family on and around the San Francisco Bay aboard his 43' boat, "Mother Goose". Alex was very proud of his family. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 61 years, Barbara Lou; his five children, Mark (wife Traci), Gina (husband Tim), Lynda (husband Greg), Laura, and Lisa (husband Jeff). His beloved grandchildren, Cheryl, Lynsey, Hannah, Joey, Claire, Ingrid, Amanda, Zachary, Andrew, Nick, Benjamin, and Livia.Our Dad was a kind and proud man who believed strongly in the things that were important to him. Most of all he loved, enjoyed and took care of his family. He meant everything to all of us. He was a much loved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was the solid rock of our family, and left us with a million happy memories. He will be missed by us all. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Alexander's Life on Monday October 21, 2013 at 11a.m., at the Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary, 466 N. Winchester Blvd. Interment private. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to Wounded Warrior Project

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Oct. 18, 2013
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