Frances Dorothy Alioto
Frances Dorothy Alioto, age 87, peacefully passed away November 16, 2012 at UCSF Medical Center. She was born September 12, 1925, in San Diego, California to Anna Cresci and Salvatore Colla. She was one of nine children.
As a young adult, she remained in San Diego and worked as a beautician. It was during that time that she met Frank Nunzio Alioto who was stationed there while serving in the Navy as a cook. The two were married on April 27th, 1947 at Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Church.
Frances eventually settled in San Francisco, California, where she and her husband helped expand and transform his family's business into what has become a historic San Francisco landmark on Fisherman's Wharf, Alioto's #8 Restaurant. Early on, she managed Alioto's gift shop selling keepsakes from the restaurant and Fisherman's Wharf to tourists from all over the world. Frances gradually became involved in all facets of the family business and became the matriarch of Alioto's. Pictures that adorn the restaurant's stairway walls leave an indelible reminder of the impact she had on those who visited. She served on the company's Board of Directors since 1996 and continued to influence day to day operations.
A long time volunteer for The Little Sisters of The Poor and St. Anne's Home in San Francisco, Frances spent countless hours every year sewing dolls, ornaments and stockings for their Christmas Boutique. It was her way of giving back to the community and helping out the less fortunate and elderly.
She also loved to draw, paint, travel, cook and spend time with her close-knit, loyal group of friends who were so dear to her heart. Her greatest passion of all was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her three children Nunzio (Joanne), Roseanne (Dave) and Karen (Scott), eleven grandchildren, Nicole (Alexis), Franklin (Ashley), Alexander (Arianna), Michael (Kate), Jennifer (Marc), Joey (Jennifer), Nick, Kristie (Marc), Gregory (Diana), Jessica and Scott, fifteen great-grandchildren, Isabella, Charlie, Dylann, Luca, Olivia, Mia, Ava Rose, Emma, Dominic, Abigail, Joey, Jack, Gianna, Matteo, Sophia and her beloved dog, Franco, who she named after her late husband, Frank.
From first impressions to lasting impressions, Frances will be remembered for her striking elegance, infectious smile and laugh, and endless generosity. Frances had a heart of gold.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Trevar and Maria, her friends and caretakers.
Frances requested her family hold a private service. In her honor, charitable donations can be sent to The Little Sisters of the Poor and St. Anne's Home, 300 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA 94118-1357, Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club, 680 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-2805
just simply live as she did to touch hearts, give freely when possible, put differences aside, understand, forgive, love.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 25, 2012