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Mary Moroni

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Mary Moroni Obituary

September 23, 1916 – October 28, 2015

Mary Florence (Giusti) Moroni was born in San Francisco on September 23, 1916. The daughter of Giuseppe and Italia Giusti; she grew up in the country near Robbins, California.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Gino Moroni and is survived by her son and daughter, Ted Moroni and Marlene (Moroni) Ettl, along with her devoted daughter- in-law and son-in-law, Deanna Moroni and Michael Ettl, six grandchildren, and nine great- grandchildren.

Among her many childhood memories were memories of cooking with her mother, Italia, at home in Robbins. She lived with the true 'Italian' influence of loving family and displayed this often through her gift of entertaining and cooking for family and friends. Many of her recipes are written for the family today; but 'Nonie' (as her grandchildren called her) rarely followed a recipe to the letter.

In 1933, she married Gino Moroni and lived with her in-laws for a few years until they could move to a place of their own. In 1937, Homer Andreotti invited Gino to farm with him near Williams, California. She was thrilled when her and Gino were able to move into a small trailer on wheels where she finally had her 'own' kitchen. In 1938, Gino and Mary purchased a property near Meridian and moved the trailer onto the site. Eventually, after much hard work and enduring a flood in 1940, the family built a small home that was later expanded to become the home in which Gino and Mary raised their family and Mary often graciously entertained friends with her hospitality, humor, and wonderful cooking. In 1997, she moved to Yuba City after her home was flooded for the second time.

During her 99 years, Mary lived with a great zeal for life and a taste for challenge. Not long after Gino purchased a plane and built the Moroni Airport at the Meridian property, Mary decided to learn to fly as well. She received her single engine pilot's license and her twin engine rating in the early 1960s – not a common accomplishment for women of that era. They often flew to Lake Tahoe where they purchased a cabin and to Tonopah, Nevada, where Gino farmed alfalfa while rice and other crops were grown in Meridian.

Mary enjoyed many of life's greatest gifts and endured many challenges with courage and strength. She will be remembered for her many strengths - most notably her great generosity, kindness, and sense of humor.

The family request donations be made to: Sutter North Hospice, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or favorite charity.

Services will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 345 Oak Street, Colusa, California.

Rosary at 10:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial 11 am.

Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Colusa, California.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2015
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