Eda Torigiani(1913 - 2013)

Eda Torigiani April 27, 1913 - November 7, 2013 Eda Torigiani, beloved mother and widow of Gano Torigiani, passed away peacefully at the age of 100 years on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at the Sacred Heart Residential Care Facility in Arroyo Grande, CA. Eda was born in Bakersfield, CA, on April 27, 1913 to Adelaide and Angelo Torigiani, Italian immigrants who moved to the U.S. in the late 1800's. She was raised on a farm in the San Jaoquin Valley and attended a one-room school house. Eda often recalled her school days and traveling to and from school in a horse and buggy. She joked that with so many Italian students, the teacher learned to speak Italian better than they learned English. On March 27, 1930, Eda was married to her cousin, Gano Torigiani, at St. John's Catholic Church in Wasco. Gano was among the pioneer cotton farmers of the San Joaquin Valley and the young couple worked long and hard to provide a good life for their family. Eda often reflected on how the early years were difficult but happy. Once times improved, she and Gano built a home in Buttonwillow, CA. In 1949, following the death of their 14 year old daughter, Dorothy, they moved to San Luis Obispo where daughter Martha and son Richard attended Mission Elementary and High School. Upon Richard's graduation, she and Gano moved back to Buttonwillow and in 1994 returned again to live out their lives on the Central Coast. They settled in Arroyo Grande where Gano died in 2001. In 2006, Eda moved to Pismo Beach to live with her daughter and son-in-law, John. When her health declined in 2012 following complications from a fall, she moved to the Sacred Heart facility in Arroyo Grande. During their 70 years of marriage, she and Gano took every opportunity to travel both in the U.S. and abroad. They were especially fond of cruising and visiting relatives in Italy. They made a handsome couple and were beautiful dancers. Eda was preceded in death by husband Gano, daughter Dorothy, parents Adelaide and Angelo, and siblings Geni, Gino, Olivia, Gino, Oliver and John. She is survived by daughter Martha Murphy (John) of Pismo Beach, son Richard Torigiani (Peggy) of Fountain Hills, Arizona; grandchildren Vince and John Silva (Sherri) and Kim Torigiani.; 6 great-grandchildren: Brooklynn, Blake and Braden Silva and Ryan, Kelsey and Reagan Deimer, sisters-in law Olympia, Norma and Dolores Torigiani and many nieces and nephews. Eda's life revolved around her family. One of her greatest joys was watching her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren play sports. She was an avid Dodger fan and was thrilled to attend a Dodger game on her 90th birthday and to see "Happy 90th Birthday Eda" on the marquee. She was a fabulous Italian cook whose buccellato, ravioli and crab cioppino were often copied, but never duplicated. She would prepare weeks in advance for holiday meals which the family looked forward to with great anticipation. Eda belonged to the Altar Societies of St. Mary's in Buttonwillow and Mission San Luis Obispo. She was a member of the Young Ladies Institute, the Italian Catholic Federation in Bakersfield, the Mission Mothers' Club and St. Patrick's parish in Arroyo Grande. The family greatly appreciates the loving care Eda received while at Sacred Heart by Roger and Lydia Marcelo and Lydia Hacalne all of whom have become part of her extended family. They, along with the compassionate hands of the Wilshire Hospice staff, were Eda's Angels of Mercy and a source of support and comfort to her family. Eda will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her ever-present love for her family, her strength of character and strong Christian faith. She remains alive in the hearts and memories of her family and friends. Visitation is scheduled Monday, November 11 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church in Bakersfield on Tuesday, November 12 at 9:00 a. m. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery where she will be buried beside her daughter and husband. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Patrick's Outreach Program (501 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande), Wilshire Hospice (277 South St., San Luis Obispo) or to a . DOUGHTY-CALHOUN-O'MEARA www.bakersfield.com/obits

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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 10, 2013