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Theresa Giottonini, 97, of Salinas, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013. "Gram" born Theresa Urquides on February 27, 1916 in Salinas, was one of 10 children of James and Victoria Urquides.
She attended local schools but during high school moved to Soledad to help her ill sister raise her seven children. She graduated from Gonzales High in 1935. She worked for Dr. and Mrs. Wiebe as a nanny for their two sons and got to travel with the family as part of her job. After a 10 year courtship, she married Walter Giottonini in April 1944 and had two daughters. Both daughters attended Sacred Heart School and Palma High School and she was very involved in all their school activities including Brownies and Girls Scouts.
She worked for Elaine's Letter Shop, did lots of babysitting and then worked as a home health care provider for several seniors (some of them younger than her). In her retirement, she became very active in the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Heart Association and Corral de Tierra Grange. She was also a member of the Monterey County Swiss American Club.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Walter Giottonini and nine sisters and brothers.
She is survived by her daughters, Alice Giottonini and Beverly (Roger) Wiseman; granddaughter, Cindy Hatch (Carson Utz); grandson, Jeff Shaw; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Funeral service will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., at the Struve and Laporte Chapel.
Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA 93901.
Memorial donations can be made to the SPCA of Monterey County, the Monterey County Food Bank and Hospice of the Central Coast, 2 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Ste. D210, Monterey, CA 93940.
Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences: www.struveandlaporte.com
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian from May 4 to May 9, 2013