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1919 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Hope F. Gent Obituary
Hope Gent (Crivello) "Hopie"
June 26, 1919 - July 27, 2012
Resident of San Ramon
Hope Gent (Crivello) passed away peacefully at home in the morning during sunrise on July 27, 2012. Her Family and caregiver were at her side. She just turned 93. Hopie was born to Antonio and Rose Ventimiglia on June 26, 1919 and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As a young woman, she married John Crivello and they had 5 children. As a young mother, she was an outgoing and generous person who volunteered her time as a chaperone for teens on field trips. She worked part time at the cannery. She also helped her husband John work in the family owned concession stand in the Baseball park in Pittsburg CA., alongside Gabe and Ann DiMercurio.
When John died suddenly in 1964, Hopie became a single mom. She did her best to raise her children. She continued the concession business, and took other retail jobs in shoe and television sales, and waitress positions. Later she worked as a grocery clerk in Pittsburg and Concord. She had a strong work ethic and never asked for outside assistance. She had a passion for working and her customers loved her. All the while, she was devoted to her children.
Hopie loved ballroom dancing, going out with friends, and listening to music. She liked being in the presence of children, and pets. Hopie also was a good cook. In her Antioch neighborhood, she was friendly with the neighbors and everyone liked her. Above all, she loved spending time with her Family, especially during the holidays.
Her caregivers Josie and "R.J." took loving care of Hopie and helped make her last year of life as pleasant as can be.
She was preceded in death by (her mother Rose Ventimiglia who passed at the young age of 24), her father Antonio Ventimiglia, her husband John Crivello of Pittsburg, her second husband William Gent, her brother Sal Ventimiglia of San Leandro, and her sister Carmen Laucirica of Antioch.
Hopie is survived by her 5 devoted children, Andy Crivello, (Sally Simser) of Antioch, Anthony "Butch" Crivello of Antioch, Josephine "Jo" Marks (John) of Antioch, Rose Ann Rose (Dr. Arnie Spanjers MD) of Dublin, and John Sam Crivello (Mary) of Valley Springs, also, her grandsons, Dr. Michael J. Marks, PhD, Las Cruces NM., John Crivello (Audrey) of Visalia. And great grandchildren, John Rocco Crivello, Alyssa Crivello, and Kyle Crivello.
Hopie will be remembered as a delightful, independent, hard working woman and a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed and never forgotten. "Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5b
A private celebration of Hopie's life will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave. #100 Dublin, CA 94568.

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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 5, 2012
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