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Mary Moniz


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Mary Moniz Obituary
Moniz, Mary 1922 ~ 2014 Sweetheart of Shelter Island SAN DIEGO -- Mary Moniz, a vivacious spirit, co-owner of Tonga Fuels on Shelter Island, a popular gathering place for yachtsman, sports fisherman, family and friends, died unexpectedly and peacefully at her Point Loma home Thursday, January 16, 2014. She was 91. From the 1960s through the mid-'80s, Mary operated the Union 76 fuel dock on Shelter Island with her husband Manuel "Skee" Moniz, known as the unofficial mayor of Shelter Island until his death in 1982. They employed many friends and relatives who to this day share countless stories and many laughs. Mary continued operating the dock for years with her sons David and Michael, where she was known as "Mom" to all they employed. Mary Nobrega was born on September 3, 1922, in Lowell, Mass., to Portuguese immigrants Christina and Januario Nobrega of Madeira. Mary grew up with brothers Alfred and Manuel, who predeceased her. She enjoyed a fulfilling career as a keypunch operator, doing so originally for the Boston-Maine Railroad, then for the U.S. Navy in Arlington, VA, during World War II, and later for Koret of California, a San Francisco-based women's clothier. After the war, she reunited with her high school sweetheart Skee and married in 1950. On their cross-country honeymoon drive, they traveled to San Diego where Skee began his career as a commercial fisherman, while Mary worked at Convair. "We're still on our honeymoon," they'd say many years later. Quick with a smile, a jokester and grand storyteller, Mary shared her passion for life with all, most especially, how to handicap the horses at Del Mar. She and Skee worked six days a week, but Tuesdays were reserved for Del Mar. Mary was an avid Padres fan, and loved the Boston Red Sox. Among her and Skee's closest friends was Frankie Laine, the late singer and his wife Nan. In her most important mission, Mary raised four children, Chrissy, Suzi, David and Michael. Sadly, Michael died in 2005, and her little angel Laurie, born in 1957, went to heaven 3 days after birth. In retirement, Mrs. Moniz traveled the world and later enjoyed extended visits with each of her daughters, helping to raise her grandchildren who lovingly called her "Vo-voa," a name adopted by Mary's younger friends. A breast cancer survivor, she led an active life, exercising regularly until the day before she died. She is survived by daughters Chrissy Cameron (Dave), Suzi Gregg and son David Moniz, grandchildren Lauren and Johnathon Gregg, Jeffrey and Thomas Cameron (Stephanie). Mrs. Moniz also is survived by brother-in-law Oliver "Rags" Moniz and several nieces and nephews. Viewing will be held Jan. 22, 4 to 8 p.m. at El Camino Memorial's Pacific Beach Chapel at 4710 Cass St. A Rosary and Memorial Mass will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at St. Agnes Church, 1145 Evergreen St. Point Loma. Please sign the guestbook at http:// tributes.com/mary-moniz

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 21, 2014
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