March 23,1921 - March 5,2014
Resident of Clayton
Marina passed away on March 5, 2014. She was born on March 23, 1921 in Pittsburg, California. Her parents, Jose and Maria Lopez, were immigrants from Spain. Marina's father, in partnership with his brother-in-law, owned grocery stores in Pittsburg and Brentwood and her mother, Maria, worked as a midwife's assistant and in local canneries. Marina grew up in Pittsburg with her parents and three siblings, John, Anthony, and Mary. She attended the local elementary school and Pittsburg High School. In 1938 Marina met John Rubiales, whose parents were also immigrants from Spain, and after a courtship of nearly two years he asked her to marry him at the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island, which had been built as an artificial island on San Francisco Bay. Marina said "yes" and she and John married on Columbus Day, 1940 and began their life together in Cowell, where John worked at the cement plant. Two years later the young couple moved onto the ranch that John co-owned with his parents and brother on Clayton Road in Concord. In 1944, with her urging, Marina and John purchased a house and parcel of land that was exclusively theirs, which was also on Clayton Road.
By the end of 1946 Marina had become the mother of three children, John, Diana, and David. Marina was a devoted mother who involved herself extensively in her children's lives. She served as a Cub Scout Den Mother for both of her sons and also served as a Room Mother for all three of her children at Clayton Valley Elementary school. She was also an avid reader, her favorite author being Pearl Buck. During the summer season she spent many afternoons over many years sitting on a shaded bench at Mitchell Canyon Park, patiently and uncomplainingly watching her children swim and play in the pool. Marina was very pleased that her ambition that all of her children would graduate from college was realized.
In 1957 Marina and John became one of the founding families of St. Bonaventure's parish in the Clayton Valley area of Concord, pledging monthly donations so that a permanent church building could be constructed on donated land. Marina became a member of the Women's Guild of the St. Bonaventure parish. She devoted much time to the organization and enjoyed and valued the friendship of other Catholic women. The values Marina embraced in life reflected her Catholic faith. She believed that "we are all God's children" and practiced tolerance and kindness toward others as well as generosity. She firmly believed that all people should be treated with dignity. Her friends and the children in her extended family knew her as a "sweet" woman, but who was also known to stand up for her beliefs and principles, thus gaining a reputation as being a strong and determined person.
In later years, after John had sold his business in Concord (Concord Ice & Fuel Co.), Marina and John enjoyed traveling, especially to Spain, where they visited with relatives.
Marina was preceded in death by her husband John and her brothers John and Anthony, and infant brother Michael. She is survived by her sister Mary, her son John J. Rubiales (Janice), her daughter Diana M. Mason (David), her son David M. Rubiales (Janis), grandsons John C. Rubiales (Drina), David M. Mason (Amy), and Michael J. Mason (Jessica), five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews with whom she was particularly close.
Marina's family wishes to thank Sophia Wing for her wonderful friendship and Carmen Sepulveda, who provided not just extraordinary care but also loving companionship during Marina's last few years of life.
Visitation for Marina will be on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Vigil service at 7:00 PM at Ouimet Bros., Concord Funeral Chapel, 4125 Clayton Road, Concord. The Funeral Liturgy will be on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. Bonaventure's Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord followed by entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 9, 2014