April 17, 1953 ~ June 15, 2010
MONTEREY - Vicenta Marie (Vicki) Lawrence, 57, passed away peacefully at Westland House on June 15, 2010, after a courageous 47- day battle with cancer.
Vicki was born on April 17, 1953 at Fort Ord, CA. She lived her entire life on the Monterey Peninsula. Vicki graduated from Seaside High School in Ô71 with National Honors as an Outstanding Teenager of America. She continued her education at Santa Clara University, earning a BS in Ô75 and a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State in Ô96. Her employment as a social worker began with the County of Monterey and continued on to San Andreas Regional Center, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Westland House (Hospice), where she was a well respected colleague and friend to all. Vicki was always willing to help others and often went over and above her professional duties at Westland House.
Some of Vicki's favorite activities were spending time with her family, listening to music, Sunday dinners at Nana's, and baking biscotti. She also enjoyed long walks on Marina Beach, listening to Kruk and Kuip of the San Francisco Giants, and sharing great food and wine with friends.
Vicki was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Apostrofe. She is survived by her husband, Gary Lawrence; son, Nicholas; mother, Anna Apostrofe; sisters, Mary Ann Moreno (Mario), Annette DePasquale (Pete); nieces and nephews, Jon and Adam Bomarito, Stephen Poma, Marisa, Peter, and Alexa DePasquale.
The family wishes to thank the following: all of the wonderful, caring staff at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Dr. Thomas Bradley, Stella Bennett, Director of Westland House and her outstanding care givers that loved and cared for Vicki during her final days.
In lieu of flowers, Vicki's family requests donation be made to Westland House, 100 Barnet Segal Lane, Monterey, CA 93940.
Mission Mortuary of Monterey will hold a visitation, Sunday, June 20, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Rosary will be held at 7:00pm. The Funeral Mass will be held Monday, June 21, 2010 at San Carlos Cathedral starting at 10:00am with a reception after the Mass.
Published in The Monterey Herald from June 16 to June 19, 2010