Mary Ann Trongo
Sept. 15, 1943 - Oct. 8, 2012
A Celebration of Life will be held for Mary Ann Trongo at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St., Woodland, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. Mary Ann passed away on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Woodland after a long battle with cancer.
Mary Ann Knight was born in Albany, Calif., on Sept. 15, 1943, to Sid and Anne Knight. Along with her older brother, Gary, she was raised in Richmond and graduated from Harry Ells High School in June 1961. On Sept. 16, 1961, Mary Ann married Kenneth Trongo and after living in several Bay Area cities, settled in Rodeo in 1969 to raise their four children. While residing in Rodeo, Mary Ann and Ken began their structural pest control business.
Mary Ann was active in the community, serving as an avid supporter of the Rodeo Swim Club and St. Patrick's School. She was a frequent volunteer in her children's classrooms and enjoyed chaperoning field trips, coaching sports teams and supervising scout troops. She was the resident "mother" at the family's Lake Berryessa retreat for many summers. Mary Ann was always eager to educate herself on all subjects and used her business skills to run school and community fundraisers. She also served on the Contra Costa Grand Jury for two years.
The family moved to Woodland in 1983 to begin a rafting business on Cache Creek. Mary Ann and Ken absolutely loved their "country" Woodland home that they continued to improve year after year. Never one to sit idly, Mary Ann decided to try her luck at becoming a Realtor and was licensed to sell homes in 1984. For 28 years, Mary Ann was a very successful local real estate broker, first starting her career with Arnold Real Estate (currently known as Coldwell Banker Doug Arnold Real Estate) where she worked for nine years. In 1993, she opened her own real estate brokerage, Century 21 Trongo & Associates, Inc., expanding with a second office location in Davis in 1998. Mary Ann retired in 2012.
Mary Ann and Ken had a love of adventure and shared their adventures with their children. They enjoyed cruises and traveled on countless trips to Mexico and Hawaii. They ventured to other countries such as South America and New Zealand. Mary Ann was able to travel to Europe more than once and especially enjoyed road trips around the U.S. on several occasions with Ken, family or friends.
Mary Ann always had a positive outlook and enjoyed helping others around her. She volunteered as a mentor for the Yolo County Suicide Prevention Program in past years and was also a past chairwoman for the Miss Yolo County Fair pageant. She was a member of Woodland Elks Lodge
No. 1299, serving in recent years as a trustee and scholarship chairwoman. Mary Ann was also a member of the Woodland Rotary Noon club, where she established some special friendships.
Mary Ann is survived by her daughter Rebecca Martin and husband Tony, sons Kevin Trongo and wife Lisa, and Kenneth Trongo and wife Angelique, all of Woodland; and daughter Amy Pisarsky and husband Mike of Sacramento. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Katie Martin of Chico, Joseph Martin of Woodland, and Garrett, Andrew, Alaina, Juliana and Lauren Trongo, all of Woodland. She is also survived by nephew Brian Honeycutt of Sacramento, and nieces, Laura Fickes of Peacham, Vt., and Kelly Knight of Belmont; and sister-in-law Carol Hunting of Olive Branch, Miss. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Kenneth, in 2006; granddaughter Ann-Marie Trongo, brother Gary, nephew Oliver Knight, and parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, Davis, 95616.