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Anthony Motta

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Photo Anthony Motta Antioch, California Anthony died peacefully, with his wife at his bedside, on October 19, 2008, at Stonebrook Healthcare Center in Concord, CA, following deteriorating health. He was born on May 27, 1930, the only son of Giuseppe and Maria Intagliata Motta of Sicily, and is predeceased by his beloved daughter Teresa Maria Motta Calcagno; his parents; and his sister Mary Fruciano. He is survived by his devoted wife, Rosie, of fifty years and his loving family, which include sons Joseph Motta of San Francisco, Carlo and wife Diana Motta of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter, Maria and husband Jerry Thompson of Boise, ID; son-in-law Henry Calcagno of San Ramon; grandchildren Bianca Elise Thompson, Benjamin Joseph Calcagno, Carlie Anne Motta and Gianna Rose Motta. He leaves brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Maddalena Cravotto of Concord, Joseph and Norma Cravotto of Albany, Herbert and Pauletta Cravotto of Pacifica, Carl and Lily Walters of Mich- igan and Jasmine Benson of Iowa. He also leaves cousins, nieces and nephews. Born in San Francisco, he was raised in Sicily from 1932 to 1947 and endured the hardships of WWII. Three and a half years after his return to America, he was drafted into the U. S. Army during the Korean War, which meant his having to endure another war so soon after WWII. He served honorably with Company B of the 185th Combat Engineer Battalion Tenth Corps during the frigid cold winter of 1951-1952 near the North Korean border. He was a member of both the State Board of Barbering and of the State Board of Realtors. He was a master barber having been trained in Sicily early in life, and successfully built his own businesses in San Francisco and Walnut Creek. In addition, he acquired his real estate broker's license and intermittently devoted time to this profession. He was a fine artist and loved painting and sketching. His home contains many of his works. Anthony loved to create and build and was very skillful with his various carpentry tools. He built an especially beautiful sixteen-foot octagonal shaped gazebo for his previous Walnut Creek home without the benefit of any blueprints. One of his other hobbies was tending his bountiful fruit and vegetable gardens that he generously shared with family and friends. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Walnut Creek for over 23 years and later a member of Most Holy Rosary Church in Antioch for 21 years. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply and sadly missed. He was an unselfish and exceedingly generous man, thinking of his wife, children, and grandchildren first in word and deed. The Vigil will be on Sunday, October 26, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel, 1139 Saranap Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA, viewing to start at 4 p.m. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, October 27, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA. Committal will be at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, CA. The family asks that in lieu of flowers a memorial contribution be given to your favorite charity. HULL'S WALNUT CREEK CHAPEL 925-934-5400
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 25, 2008
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