Harriet DeMartini, 91, passed away on April 17, 2014, in San Diego, California. She was born in Minnesota. The family moved to River Forest, Illinois, where she attended Trinity High School, graduating in 1939, and Rosary College, graduating with a degree in speech and drama in 1943; she was listed in Who's Who Among Students that year. Among other achievements in her early years she became an accomplished pianist. In 1946 she received a scholarship to attend the Catholic University of America's graduate school in Drama in Washington, D.C., where she met her husband, Bernard DeMartini, from San Francisco, California.|
They were devoted parents of six children. The family lived in River Forest, Illinois, until she moved to La Jolla, California in 1974. She was a long-time volunteer at the San Diego Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Legal Aid Homeless Advocacy Project.
She was preceded in death by her brother, William, and her son, Mario DeMartini. She will be greatly missed by her daughter and four sons as well as eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was a loving, devoted mother, thoughtful, bright, generous and kind.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014, at All Hallows Catholic Church, 6602 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, La Jolla, CA, mass is at 11:00 am; a reception in the parish hall to follow the mass.
Published in La Jolla Light on May 1, 2014