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Garaventa, Mary Candida - Concord, Ca  
Mary Candida Garaventa January 15, 1924 - June 29, 2015 Our beloved Mary Candida Garaventa ("Nonni"), 91, passed away peacefully in Concord on June 29th and is now singing with the angels in God's loving presence. She was born to Andrea and Maria (Devincenzi) Moresco in Colma, California and lived in San Francisco during her elementary school years. When her father moved his family to Concord, Mary graduated from Mt. Diablo High School. Nonni and her late husband, Silvio Garaventa, Sr., were married in Concord at Queen of All Saints Church in 1948. A woman of strong heart and courage, Nonni had an unwavering commitment to her family and her Catholic faith. An Italian mother of five, with 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, Nonni was a role model for her family, always putting family first and teaching her children and grandchildren to stand up with courage for their values and for what is right. Making over 1,500 homemade raviolis each year with her three daughters, Cookie, Louisa and Linda, for Christmas dinner was a tradition Nonni always cherished. Nonni was the "rock," solidly supporting her family at every opportunity. When her late nephew and godson, Louie Ferrari was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease), Nonni, with the help of her family, hosted a community Ice Bucket Challenge, raising thousands of dollars for Louie and ALS research. To Nonni, family always came first - a value she instilled in her children and grandchildren. As a devout Catholic, Nonni was committed to her faith, to God and believed strongly in the miracle of prayer. Nonni said the rosary every day was a strong believer in prayer and some people believed she had a direct line to God and the angels in heaven. Nonni was supportive of education at elementary school, high school and college levels - including a strong commitment to helping others and giving back to the community. She supported many charities. Always remembering her immigrant roots, Nonni was a humble person, and continued to enjoy the simple way of life - music, singing (she had an amazing voice), cooking and entertaining, and playing cards with her sisters, family and friends. Some of her fondest memories as a young girl were singing and doing dishes with her sisters Olga (Ferrando) and Anna (Ferrari) after dinners. She will be missed by all who were blessed to know her. Nonni is preceded in death by her husband, Silvio Garaventa Sr., her parents, Andrea and Maria Moresco, and her daughter-in-law Claudia Garaventa. She is survived by her five children: Silvio Garaventa, Jr. (Patty), Cookie Garaventa Adler (Nick), Louisa Garaventa Binswanger (Walt), Joseph Garaventa, Linda Garaventa Colvis (Clark). Viewing will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 5:00 pm at Queen of All Saints Church in Concord, with a Vigil immediately following at 7:00 pm. Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, July 10th at 10:30 am at Queen of All Saints Church with a burial following at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary Garaventa's honor can be made to ALS Association Golden West Chapter, St. Agnes School of Concord, Queen of All Saints School of Concord, or a Charity of your choice.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 5 to July 8, 2015

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Guasco, Arnold - Albany  
Arnold E. Guasco September 29, 1927 - June 26, 2015 On June 26, 2015 Arnold Guasco passed away at the age of 87. Arnold lived in the Bay Area his whole life. He was raised in Pleasanton and spent the last 50 years in Albany. He was an active member of Saint Ambrose Catholic Church and was loved by the whole congregation. Arnold loved his family more than anything in this world, they were the focus of everything he did in life. He was married to Marilyn Guasco (deceased) and together they raised their children Christine Sloane (Ben) and Stephen Guasco (Marie). Arnold enjoyed his grandchildren, Karyn Fonseca (Dave), Melissa Denton (Dave), Lonnie Dawe (Joy), Michael Guasco (Carrie)) and Tim Guasco (Heather). Arnold was also the proud great-grandfather to twelve. Arnold was very close with his brother Richard and his nieces and nephew and their children. He is also survived by his dear friend (Russian Nephew) Mark Keating. He is deeply loved by us all and will always be kept in our hearts. Arnold is big part of us of all. He will be missed by all those who knew him. Viewing will be Wednesday, July 1st at 5:00-7:00PM followed by a Rosary at Grant Miller-John Cox Mortuary, 2850 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, July 2nd at 10:00 AM at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, 1145 Gilman Street, Albany, CA. A reception will follow in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations to St Ambrose Catholic Church are appreciated.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 30, 2015

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Galli, Louis - South San Franci  
Louis J Galli May 21, 1925 - June 21, 2015 Passed away peacefully at home. Born in San Francisco to Giovanni and Cesarina Galli. Grew up on Potrero Hill and went to Commerce High. A long time resident of South San Francisco. Louie served in the Navy during WW2 and worked for Greyhound for 40+ years. Preceded in death by his wife (Gloria), daughter (Diane) and sister (Rita). Survived by stepdaughter Linda, grandson Christopher, brother John (Assunta) and nieces and nephews. A private service will be held.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 28, 2015
Garza, Zina - San Francisco  
Zina Jeanette Garza February 4, 1966 - June 24, 2015
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 1, 2015
Golder, Doris Ellen - Millbrae  
Doris Ellen Golder June 18, 1920 ~ June 25, 2015
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 28, 2015
Greaves, Barbara - San Francisco  
Barbara Jean Greaves
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 28, 2015
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