Constance Delores Cancilla|
May 26 1919 - July 25, 2014
Resident of San Jose
Constance "Connie" Delores Cancilla, 95, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2014, following complications from a stroke she suffered in June. Connie was born May 26, 1919 in San Jose to Frank and Rosa (Guardino) Bonoccorso, the youngest of three siblings, and raised on the family's apricot and prune ranch in Berryessa.
After graduating from San Jose High School, she attended beauty school and eventually opened her own salon on Julian Street. Connie was an incredible artisan with expert talents in sewing, knitting and crochet. She loved to cook for her family and was, at 95, still relied on for her famous raviolis, pizza and plates of Italian Christmas cookies. Whatever task she was presented, Connie did it meticulously and with great pride.
She was a longtime member of the Italian Catholic Federation. Connie was fiercely independent, fair and competent, and gave generously without ever expecting anything in return. Many regarded her as an irreplaceable life mentor whose advice always swayed to promote peace.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Angelo and her brother Matteo. Left to honor and cherish her memory is her sister, Dorothy, sons Richard (Dottie) and Robert (Kathleen), grandchildren Tami, Scott (Kelly) and Joseph (Sarah), great-grandchildren Rylan and Hazel, and many others whose lives she touched.
Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service, Friday August 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Visitation at 10:00 A.M. at LIMA-CAMPAGNA-ALAMEDA MISSION CHAPEL, 600 S. 2nd Street, San Jose. Interment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 29, 2014