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Edward John Vismara

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Edward John Vismara Obituary
Edward John Vismara
Dec. 22, 1919 - Jan. 25, 2014
Resident of Pleasanton
Ed was born December 22, 1919 in Redwood City, CA later moving to Oakland where he attended Longfellow Elementary School and Oakland Technical High School. During summers of his high school years he would take the ferry to San Francisco and then the trolley to work with his father maintaining construction equipment. He graduated from high school in 1939 and two years later joined the Army. Ed served his country from '41-'45 as a Lineman running telephone and telegraph communications in the Aleutian Islands and in Northern Italy during the North Appennines and Po Valley Campaigns. After the war he returned home and started his career as an Operating Engineer with Local 3 working for the next 40 years at the Swinerton and Walberg Commercial Construction Company equipment division. In 1947 Ed met his bride to be while visiting friends in Utah. Edward and Josephine were joined in marriage February 28th, 1948 and they made San Carlos, CA their home for the next 60 years. Ed and Jo were regulars at the Saturday evening mass at St Charles Church in San Carlos. Ed was strong in his faith and placed his family and friends above all else. In his spare time he loved to garden and work (tinker) on anything with moving parts…..he could fix absolutely anything. When it came to relaxing there was only one thing on his agenda, fishing!! The last 3 years Ed spent many wonderful weekends fishing the California Delta with his family. Ed died peacefully January 25, 2014 in Pleasanton, Ca. where he had made his home since 2007. Ed was preceded in death by his wife Josephine and his brother Louis Vismara. He is survived by his little sister Laverne VanHagen, niece Karen Simon, his son Greg, daughter-in-law Roxane, and Granddaughter Chanel. Private services for family only will be held Thursday January 30, 2014 at Alta Mesa Memorial Park Cemetary, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. In the spirit of how Ed lived his life, the family requests instead of flowers or donations that you pay tribute to Ed with a simple act of kindness to another individual.

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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 29, 2014
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