July 2nd, 1930 - Feb 4th, 2013
Castro Valley California
Our beautiful wife, mother and grandmother Vera Marie Penrod passed away, February 4, 2013. She was 82 years old and had been a resident of Castro Valley, California for 55 years.
Vera was born on July 2nd, 1930 in Colorado and eventually moved to Richmond, California with her very large, loving Italian family which included her father, mother and eight siblings who she loved more than words can express. She graduated from Richmond High and went to work for the Colgate Company in Emeryville. Soon after she met her husband Jay Penrod and they married in 1955. They had three children, Trudy, J.P. and Brian.
Vera was a stay at home mother, when all her children left her loving nest, Vera went back to work at the family business as Vice President of Jay's Auto Sales. Vera was a very active woman, and for many years taught an exercise class at a local gym in Castro Valley. She loved to travel and was able to take many trips with her beloved best friend Lou Ballatti of Concord, California.
She is survived by her husband Jay M. Penrod, her three children Trudy, J.P. and Brian, her son-in-law Jim, her daughters-in-law Sarah and Janine and her six grandchildren Justin, Amanda, Emily, Kyle, Danielle and Nicholas.
Mom we love you and will miss you every day of our lives. You were and will remain in our hearts the most loving beautiful mother in the world. We will never forget your smile, laugh and warmness. Our eternal love to you mom.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at 3433 Somerset Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546 on Thursday, February 14th at 10:30 a.m.
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Published in Inside Bay Area on Feb. 12, 2013