Joanne Tumminia

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Joanne Fusco Tumminia

San Francisco's "affascinante tesoro " of Italian culture and language died on July 12, 2013. Born in San Francisco she grew up in the Marina District of San Francisco, and attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart where she was a standout guard on the school basketball team. When not studying she enjoyed carefree time fishing for sand dabs in the Marina Yacht Harbor and listening to her favorite opera "Aida". Joanne graduated from the San Francisco College for Women and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and a Master of Arts degree in Italian from San Francisco State University. While on a one year sabbatical in Italy she studied at the University of Perugia and the University of Milano.

As a passionate professoresa of Italian language, culture and literature and Latin, Joanne leaves a legacy that is very much alive. Thousands of students from City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club benefitted from her exceptional and learned background. The cultural depth that she gave to her classes enabled students to truly enjoy their learning experience. Joanne was a wonderful ambassador to San Francisco's Marina District and the cities Italian community.

She is survived by cousins in the United States and Italy.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to: Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94115

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 18 to July 19, 2013