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Lucy M. Gutowsky Obituary
Lucy (Maiocco) Gutowsky Lucy, who lived in Corte Madera since 1952, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2012. She was 87. She is survived by two sons, Daniel (wife Yovana) of Lake Tahoe and Col. Gary Gutowsky, USAF retired, (wife Susan) of Roseville; three grandchildren, Lisa Singleton (husband Tony) of Sacramento, Carlene Iverson (husband Daniel) of San Jose, and Robert Gutowsky of Santa Cruz; two great grandchildren, Haleigh and Madelyn Singleton; sister-in-law Jeanette Maiocco of Corning; nephews Vincent, Marty and Matt Maiocco; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Robert "Bob" Gutowsky, who passed away February 23, 2009, and her brother Ernest Loren Maiocco, who passed away May 25, 2009. Lucy was born June 19, 1924, behind the family's house in the Northern California farming community of Richfield (Tehama County). Her parents, Vicenzo and Clorinda, were Italian immigrants who met in California. Lucy spoke Italian exclusively before enrolling in grade school. She then taught English to her younger brother. As a young adult, Lucy took a job with the phone company in San Francisco. It was during this time that she met her future husband Bob. The couple was married August 14, 1949 and moved to Corte Madera in 1952. They chose the location for the house in which they would live the rest of their lives because of its panoramic view of Mt. Tamalpais. Bob and Lucy were known to their friends and relatives as a perfect couple with personalities that complemented each other. The couple saw nearly every corner of the world together. They traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They went to Italy several times to visit Lucy's cousins, with whom she kept in close contact. Bob and Lucy shared a loyalty for the SF Giants and enjoyed spending weekends with family and friends at their cabin in Lake Tahoe. Lucy was a lover of nature and was blessed with a green thumb. She had a particular affinity for orchids. Out her back window, she made sure to have a full feeder to satisfy her hummingbird visitors. Lucy made many life-long friends that cherished her for her caring nature. Over the years Lucy enjoyed selling Avon products, attending church and cooking Italian meals for her family. And once a week she played bingo, which she called her "night out on the town." Friends are invited to a memorial service Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish, 114 King Street, Larkspur. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Lucy to the , 1400 N. Dutton Ave., Suite 20, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or to the , 424 Pendleton Way, Oakland, CA 94621.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2012
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