Elsie Joan Baiata
(Elsie J. Grana)
81, Oct. 29, 1931 - Sept. 24, 2012. Dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, homemaker and community volunteer passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday evening, Sept. 24, 2012 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
Elsie was born in San Mateo, CA to Louis and Daisy Grana. She is survived by her brother Rudy Grana and his wife June, her children: daughter Linda Ryan and husband Ed Ryan, daughter, Susan Baiata and husband Dave Cunha and son, Peter Baiata, wife Stacy Baiata and grandchildren: Dana Ryan, Jonathan Ryan, Danielle Baiata and Robert Baiata.
Elsie graduated from Sequoia High School, in Redwood City in 1949. She was happily married to Lino Baiata, in 1956. She worked by her husband's side, accounting for the family business.
Her greatest love of all was her family; she was its heart and soul. Her positive attitude was admired by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Her total devotion to family, friends and the charities close to her heart, was legendary. Her amazing sense of humour and good nature carried her throughout her life and illness. Elsie was a tireless volunteer who served as Treasurer and provided dining room servicer for the Fun After Fifty Club. She gave back to the church with years of service cooking in the rectory and teaching CCD classes to children at St. Anthony's in Menlo Park. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, dancing, music and the arts, including opera, Broadway productions and dancing to fifties music. She loved cruising, winning at Bingo and being a member of the Fun After Fifty Club bowling league. A special thank you to Lucy, Tina and Anna for the wonderful and loving care they gave to our mother.
Elsie was happy and loved life. We know she is dancing on a table somewhere in heaven!
Friends and family are invited to attend a Rosary service to be held on Sunday, Sept. 30th at 7:00pm at the Redwood Chapel Mortuary in Redwood City, 847 Woodside Road, Redwood City Ca. A funeral mass in celebration of her life will be held on Monday, Oct 1st at 11:30am at Nativity Church, 210 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park. In lieu of flowers please honour her memory by sending donations to http://www.parkinsoninfo.org/donations.

Funeral Home

Redwood Chapel
847 Woodside Road Redwood City, CA 94061
(650) 369-5537
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 28, 2012