Josephine Maita With her children present, Josephine Maita of Florence, Oregon died on July 5, 2012 after a six week fight with pancreatic cancer. Josephine Truzzolino was born in Oakland, California on April 28, 1925 to Antone and Mary Truzzolino, who were born in Sicily and emigrated to America in the early 1900's. Her father owned the Garibaldi Tamale Café in Oakland in the 1920's, and on Market Street in San Francisco after that. Her mother was a homemaker. Josephine graduated from San Francisco's Lincoln High School in 1943 before marrying Joseph Maita in 1947. They lived in Oakland, San Leandro, Sacramento and Berkeley before moving to Orinda in 1959, where Josephine lived for 45 years. They raised three children, and for many years they owned the Golden West restaurant on Telegraph Ave in Oakland, as well as Maita Bros. Golden West and Garibaldi Tamale company, which relocated to Pleasant Hill, California in 1975. While Joe worked as a musician and restaurateur, in addition to working herself, Josephine was her children's constant companion and teacher, sharing her love and supporting their every endeavor. She had an incredible wit and intelligence and possessed great perseverance, strength and courage. Her style and grace was greatly admired by those she touched. Shortly following her beloved husband's death in 2000, she moved to Florence, Oregon, to be near her loving daughter. In addition to being deeply devoted to her family, she knew her way around the kitchen, cherished her friends, adored her dogs, was a fabulous artist, and loved to travel, knit and help others through volunteer work. She was beloved as the family matriarch, and whose loving presence is sorely missed by her children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Josephine was preceded in death by her parents Antone and Mary of Orinda, CA; husband Joseph of Orinda; and brother Joseph Truzzolino of Santa Rosa, CA. She is survived by her son Ron Maita and wife Kris of Scottsdale, Arizona; daughter Marie Tone and husband Bob of Florence, OR; son Joe and wife Gail of Portland, OR; grandchildren Justin, Zachary, Benjamin, Emily, Julie and Peter; and great granddaughter Katy. A private service has been held. In memory of Josephine, the family asks for you to consider making a donation to Peace Harbor Home Health and Hospice of Florence, Oregon. Burns's Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 15, 2012