Salvatore DiGeronimo
1932 - 2020
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Salvatore DiGeronimo
September 26, 1932 - October 11, 2020
Resident of Fremont, CA
On October 11, in the presence of those who loved him, Salvatore Anthony DiGeronimo went to heaven to be with his beautiful wife, Carole. Sal was born in 1932 in San Francisco to his parents, Michelangelo and Filomena ("Minnie"). Sal grew up with his two brothers, Joe and Anthony, in North Beach during the Great Depression and World II. During those years, his father was the head tailor at the City of Paris.
Sal graduated from Sacred Heart High School where he lettered in multiple sports. Sal attended USF from which he received a bachelor's degree in English, participated in ROTC and ran track for the Dons. After college, Sal headed to Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX as part of the Army's Nike missile program. While on leave, Sal attended a New Year's Eve party at the San Francisco Italian-American Club where he met and danced the night away with his future wife, Carole Ann Paganucci.
After being stationed in Germany, Sal returned to San Francisco where he was reunited with Carole. They married in 1959 and eventually settled in Fremont. Sal and Carole raised their three children, Michael, Robert (Bob), and Mary, in the home that Sal would continue to reside in for the rest of his life. He worked as a teacher and vice-principal in the Hayward Unified School District for over 40 years. Following his retirement, he worked part time at the California School for the Blind. Until recently, Sal volunteered as a Eucharistic minister at Kaiser's Hospital sharing his faith, corny jokes, and zest for life with patients and staff.
To all of us who knew him, Sal was a kind, loving person and man of great faith. He was an active parishioner at Holy Spirt Catholic Church for close to sixty years. He loved a good party, dancing to Y.M.C.A., and just talking to anyone who was lucky enough to hang out with him. Sal was a self-taught gourmet chef who loved to cook. His Italian gravy with ravioli was his signature dish and his peach and apple pies were legendary. He loved sports, especially cheering for the 49ers, and was an avid swimmer personally trained by the legendary Alberti Family.
Sal is predeceased by his wife Carole after a beautiful marriage of 47 years. He is survived by his children, Michael, Bob, and Mary, daughter-in-law Marianna, Michael's fiancee Amy Zeller, six grandchildren (Ryan, Matthew, Bryce, Michael, Anna Maria and Sophia), sister-in-law Elaine Del Barga, his faithful companion PJ (his dog), and many other wonderful relatives and friends who cherished Sal. A funeral mass for Sal will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fremont on Saturday, October 17 at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be made in Sal's name to maryknollsisters.org.


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Published in East Bay Times on Oct. 16, 2020.
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17
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Holy Spirit Catholic Church
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October 17, 2020
My deepest condolences to Mary, Micheal , Bob and to the family. I knew Mr Sal for very short time but I know one thing he was was the wonderful , person with good heart .
I took care of Mr Sal , one of my nicest client. You will be missed !
“May God bless your soul”
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October 16, 2020
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October 16, 2020
My husband and I and all three of our children were so blessed to have known Sal. He embraced us like family. There were so many fun moments to remember in just the short times that our paths crossed. His teaching us how to make his special sauce is one I’ll never forget, but more important really was just the kindness he gave at every opportunity. Heaven has gained a joyous and loving man. We know how much his family will be missing him and our love goes out to you at this time. We know you’ll keep him alive in your hearts always. We will as well. Saying goodbye to someone who gives so much love is so very hard. The world is a better place for all he has given it.
Mary Dirnberger
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October 16, 2020
Knew Sal and Carole for many years at Cloverdale Creamery. Such wonderful friends, Our prayers to the family during this difficult time. God bless and love, Robyn ( Bauhofer) Evans and Rhondda ( Bauhofer) Parker.
Robyn Evans
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October 16, 2020
My heart and deepest condolences go to Sal’s children and family. Continue to talk to talk to this lovely man wherever and whenever—his spirit will always be with you in love.
Sr. Diana Francis
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October 16, 2020
What a blessed life Sal lived! We send condolences to the family and prayers for peace and comfort during this time. You are in our hearts and thoughts, continually. I met Sal several times when he visited San Antonio to see Bob, Marianna and his grandchildren. He was always welcoming and I always felt the love he had for family, when around him. He was someone that you meet, even just once, and the impact stays for a lifetime. Hugs to you all. We love you. The Huffmans
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October 15, 2020
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Sal was a nice man, like his mother. He loved his family dearly. He shall be missed. ❤
Kirsten Del Barga
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October 15, 2020
Mike Bob and Mary my condolences to you all. Love you Mr D rest in peace
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October 15, 2020
Sal brought communion to our house when my husband Nick was ill. We felt honored that he invited us to join him in the penthouse for Italians in heaven. He goes before us preparing the way. How I wished we had talked more. My aunt was the personnel director at the City of Paris department store and probably knew Sal’s dad. Sal was so proud of his children and grandchildren, bragging about them often. We are grateful to have known him.
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October 14, 2020
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