John Stanley Antongiovanni

03/16/1943 - 09/13/2015 Obituary
John Stanley Antongiovanni Obituary
John "Stan" Antongiovanni, 72 of Bakersfield, passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday morning. He was born in Bakersfield, California, to John and Yole Antongiovanni, March 16, 1943. Stan graduated from Garces Memorial High School in 1961, and the University of Notre Dame with a degree in business in 1965. He married Kathleen Devine on January 21,1967, and together they raised their ten children in Bakersfield. Stan began his farming career during his high school and college summers and then fulltime immediately after college. He went on to farm for more than 45 years; first with his father, uncles, cousins and brothers-in-law, and then with his own sons. He believed that farming was a noble vocation and he was humbled to work with God's creation to provide food and fiber. He walked by faith and not by sight. He was a generous man with a tireless work ethic.
Stan dedicated many volunteer hours to St. Francis Church, St. Francis School and Garces Memorial High School. In addition to serving on the school boards he could be found planning fundraisers, cooking beans, steaks, ground beef and serving numerous fundraising campaigns. He enjoyed coaching baseball for his boys at Southwest Little League and St. Francis School. He was a director at Kern Delta Water District for over 30 years. Stan will be remembered for his communication style with his subtle communication and sharp wit as well as his boundless support of Catholic faith, its Church, and education. Above all, he had an unconditional love for his family and his local community.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kathleen and his nine children and their spouses: Marcie (Michael) Soper of Bakersfield, Tina (David) Lipscomb of Los Altos, John of Bakersfield, Kevin (Tess) of Bakersfield, Tim (Cheyanne) of Bakersfield, A.J. (Suzie) of Bakersfield, Matt (Breeyan) of South Bend, Katie (Jeff) Hooker of Denver, and Dominic (Julie) of Bakersfield. He is also survived by twenty-five grandchildren: Lisa, Luigi, Katherine, John, and Molly Soper; Sarah and Elizabeth Lipscomb; Anna Antongiovanni; Natalina, Gino and Olivia Antongiovanni; Brandon and Cianna Antongiovanni; Jeannette, A.P., and Michelle Antongiovanni; Matthew, Colin, and Joseph Antongiovanni; Aubrey and Berkley Hooker; Luca, Nico, Peter, and Santino Antongiovanni. Also surviving Stan are five sisters and their spouses: Linda McKenna (Frank), Judy Walsh (Tom), Jane Uhalt (Gary), Irene Stevens (John), Gabrielle Vanherweg (Bill) along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins and his aunt, Olga Jacobs. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Yole Antongiovanni and his son, Peter Antongiovanni.
A Rosary will be offered in his remembrance at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 17, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 900 "H" Street, Bakersfield. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Monsignor Craig Harrison at 12 noon on Friday, September 18, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, with the burial to
follow at Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Francis School Pastor's Scholarship Fund at 2516 Palm St. Bakersfield, CA 93304., or Garces Memorial Catholic Student Tuition Assistance at 2800 Loma Linda Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2015
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