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Joseph John Marchetti

Joe was born is Stiava, Italy (near Lucca) on October 8, 1945.  Joe came to the United States at the age of four with his parents, Vincenzo and Fanny, and his sister, Mara.  They settled in the North Beach area of San Francisco. Joe attended St. Peter and Paul's Grammar School, under the leadership of the Salesian Priests and Sisters, especially his mentors, Fr. Larry Byrnes and Sr. Lydia Carini.  Joe then continued on to Sacred Heart High School, during which time he met his soul mate and wife of 44 years, Franca Ghiglieri Marchetti, daughter of Maria and Luigi.  Joe joined his cherished Marine Corps in 1967, trained at Camp Pendleton, and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1973.  In 1969 Joe and Franca married at St. Peter and Paul's Church.  Joe attended SF State and Heald's Architectural College. In 1973 they moved to Burlingame and into the home in which they now reside.  Then in 1974 they had their first daughter, Bridget Maria, and in 1979 Diana Eleonora.  As a teenager, Joe was a proud "hod-carrier" (bricklayer assistant) for his father who was a master mason.   Joe's first construction job was at Emanuel Construction in South San Francisco and then at Feiler Bros., which he later molded into the Marchetti Construction Inc. of today, specializing in commercial construction, hotel renovation and restoration, construction management and development.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Franca, and their children Dr. Bridget Philip (husband, Brian, grand-daughters Sabrina and Olivia), and Dr. Diana Barrett (husband John and grand-daughter Samantha), sister Mara Sarti (Joe), and nephews Rob Sarti (Catherine) and John Sarti (Cathy and great-nephew John Robert Sarti), along with numerous other relatives and friends here and in Italy.

Joe cherished the time with his family, especially being "Nonno" to his three grand-daughters, and sharing special moments in South Lake Tahoe and in his slice of heaven, Missoula, Montana.  He never missed a chance to steel a ride with Franca in his 1960 red Corvette!

Upon moving to Burlingame in 1973, Joe became involved in Our Lady of Angels Catholic Parish, working closely with and supporting the Capuchin Franciscans until his death.  He was also involved in many charities and organizations including the Capuchin Friars,  Boys' & Girls' Town of Italy, the Daughters of Charity and Seton Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul Society,  Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club in North Beach, Notre Dame Sisters and Notre Dame High School, Knights of Malta, St. Francis of Assisi National Shrine, Serra Vocations Club, Lucchesi nel Mondo, Italian Catholic Federation, Sons of Italy, Associated General Contractors of America, United States Marines Memorial Club, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, Olympic Club and more.

He was a man of great pride, mentoring many young men over the years through Marchetti Construction.  He found satisfaction in working in the construction industry and meeting its daily challenges with determination and conviction, always standing firm with his philosophy that his word and handshake are as good as a signed contract.

All services will take place at Our Lady of Angels Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame.

The Rosary will be at 7:00pm on Friday, February 7th, and the Mass at 1:30pm on Saturday, February 8th, with internment at the Italian Cemetery in Colma to follow the Mass.

Anyone wishing to make donations should direct them to the Capuchin Friars Retirement Fund, 1345 Cortez Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010.

A special thank you goes to all the doctors and nurses who have cared for Joe early on at Seton Hospital Daly City, especially our friend Dr. Colman Ryan, and then, most recently, at Stanford University Medical Center, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Zachary Koontz (oncologist), Dr. Jeffery Norton (surgeon), and Dr. Ethan Jackson (anesthesiologist).  Our everlasting gratitude also goes to our Capuchin Friars at OLA for their spiritual support, especially our longtime friend, Fr. Flavian Welstead.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2014
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