Catterina F. Barbero
Sept. 6, 1920 - Aug. 15, 2012
Catterina passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, after several years of declining health.
Catterina was born in Mondovi, Italy in the Piemonte region to Vincenzo and Carmelina Gregorio. She lived through the occupation by foreign soldiers in her hometown during WWII. Her only brother, Vinicio, died in Russia during the war. In 1947, she married George Barbero, a once in a lifetime event that lasted 65 years. In 1951, Catterina followed George to Oakland, where he had moved 2 years previously to seek a better life. A resident of Berkeley since 1956, Catterina is survived by husband George, two sons, Marcello Barbero (Joan), Guido Barbero (Debby), six grandchildren, Mario, Tony, Katie (Josh Vavao), Marissa, Jeana, and Kelly (Taylor Ramos), two great granddaughters, Ashlyn and Lillian.
Catterina worked as a successful realtor in Berkeley for 20 years at Ellis Realty, and later volunteered her time to the Turnabout Shop in El Cerrito. She also taught Italian to local schoolchildren.
Catterina's greatest passion was her family. She shared her Italian roots through her amazing cooking at numerous family meals, the highlight being fresh ravioli every Christmas. Each year, the whole family participated in the production of over 3,000 ravioli, with the help and direction of Nonnie. Friends of her sons and grandchildren were always welcome to dinner at the family table.
Catterina and George are members of the Piemontesi nel Mondo, Frattellanza Club and the Ligure Club to celebrate their Italian heritage. They attended many functions where they shared their passion for ballroom dancing.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Berkeley Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento St Berkeley September 1, 2012 at 10:30AM, followed by a 12:00 PM reception at the Fratellanza Club 1140 66th Street Oakland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Chaparral Foundation (non profit senior living facility) 1309 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702 or Turnabout Shop (support orthodontia care for needy children) 10052 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2012