In Loving Memory
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Velma Louise Antone
5/29/1913 - 3/8/2008
Our Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Auntie passed away peacefully in Roseville on March 8, 2008 at the age of 94.
She was born on May 29, 1913 , to Benjamin and Lela Copeland in Boonville, Mo. Her Father, a Steamboat Engineer on the Missouri River died in 1918 as a result of the Flu Epidemic. Velma was only 5 years old and her sister, Mary was 2.
A few years later, her mother married her late husband's brother, Hugh and in 1921 the family came to Roseville in a Ford Touring Car. Her stepfather went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Velma graduated from Roseville High School in 1931 and she married her High School Sweetheart, Gene Antone in 1933. They were happily married for 61 years. She lived in the home that Gene built in 1940 until 2006. Gene was a car repair foreman for 40 years and a wrecker foreman for 36 years with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Velma was a member of The American Legion Auxiliary and The Roseville Hospital Auxiliary. She worked for J.C. Penney Co. in Roseville from 1947-1963, where she was the Buyer for the Woman's Apparel Dept.,, she retired so that she was able to spend more time with her young grandsons, Geno and Jim. Velma enjoyed her home where she and Gene entertained family and friends at dinner parties. She was widely known for her wonderful Italian cooking, Homemade Christmas cookies, pies, and cakes. She also enjoyed sewing, reading, painting and traveling. The Antone's took vacations to Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, and Canada during their retirement years. They also traveled to her birthplace, Booneville, Mo. Velma is survived by her son, Dr. Gene Antone of Chico,Jr and his wife Barbara of El Dorado Hills, Grandsons, Gbe Antone of Chico, Jim Antone of Roseville; dear friends, Freya Arick and her son, Arrn Clark of Roseville; brother, Bill Copeland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, Sr in 1994, her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Dick Antone, Crowder and Sister, Wanda Casey.
She was greatly loved by her family and many friends and she leaves behind a legacy of Love.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital of Sacramento or the charity of donor's choice. A celebration of Velma's life will be held on Monday, March 17th at 11:00am at Lambert Funeral Home Chapel, 400 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, Calif. Burial to follow at Roseville District Cemetery, 421 Berry St., Roseville, Calif.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Mar. 15, 2008