Bruno Morelli
1935 - 2019
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Bruno Morelli, aged 83, native and life-long resident of San Francisco, passed away peacefully June 8 surrounded by loving friends and family.
Bruno was born in San Francisco on August 1, 1935, to Anna and Peter Morelli and married Mary Terheyden Morelli in San Francisco on March 25, 1972.
Bruno is survived by his wife Mary, his seven grandchildren, and his five children: Peter Morelli, Paul Morelli, Michael Morelli, Maria-Elena Roner, and Sylvia Vitousek. He is predeceased by his dear sister Dolores Hoffman.
After graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep and then Stanford University, Bruno entered a career of service. He served his community first as an officer in the US Navy. Then, after receiving an advanced degree and his teaching credential, he went on to be a professor of romantic languages and political science. He passionately taught thousands of local students over a 37-year career at Wilson and Lowell High Schools. After retirement, Bruno continued to serve by volunteering for the poor and homeless and working towards the preservation of local historical art.
We will all miss his kindness, his integrity, and the beauty he brought into our lives.
Memorial service to be held at St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco on Saturday, June 22 at 1:30pm. You can enter the church parking lot on Steiner or Pierce.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in memory of Bruno Morelli to St. Dominic's Lima Center, 2390 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94115, or have mass said for him at a Catholic church of your choice.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 14 to Jun. 16, 2019.
Memorial service
01:30 PM
St. Dominic's Church
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February 11, 2020
To Mr. Morelli's Family,

My name is Dominic Yin. I was one of his students at Lowell High School. As you already know, your loved one was one of the best people on the planet, and I am so saddened by his loss. I cannot imagine the sadness you must feel. I send you my condolences. I wanted to share but one event that speaks volumes for the character and kindness of Mr. Morelli. I am an immigrant and did not have access to a car to take the driver's licensing exam at DMV. Mr. Morelli lent me his car to do so. I was only in one class with Mr. Morelli, but those rare instances of kindness last a lifetime. I tried to live my life as Mr. Morelli did by serving the public. I went on to become a NAVY JACG lawyer and am now a Captain with the SFPD. In his honor, I have taught as adjunct faculty at City College for the past 21 years. Again, I am so honored to have had shared some time with a person of Mr. Morelli's stature. Thank you for sharing him with others that grew to love him.

Best, Dom Yin.

P.S. Should you ever need me for anything, my cell is 415 509-7517.
Dominic Yin
June 29, 2019
Long before Bruno became a beloved teacher of Romance languages, he and I were classmates at SI, seated across the aisle from each other. His sense of humor was similar to mine, and we turned out to have several interests in common. Even back then language fascinated him; he was a keen Latin student. We spent a fair while on one occasion talking about the various words for "pig" in Spanish (and we didn't even know then about the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, or the discredited claims regarding the words for "snow" in Inuit languages!). Though our paths crossed very infrequently in later years, I met Bruno when he was teaching Spanish at Lowell and he reminded me about the business of Spanish words for "pig."
Bruno also had a strong sense of history and family. His remote Lombard ancestors interested him, but his deep attachment to his own family was even more obvious. As his classmates, several of us had the privilege of being welcomed to his home and enjoying his family's warm hospitality. I will always remember fondly the Manhattans his mother served!
Requiescas in pace, Brune.
Julian Irias
June 27, 2019
Mr. Morelli taught me Italian for two years at Woodrow Wilson High School. He was a wonderful teacher and I think all his students felt the same way. We learned a lot more than Italian in that class---and a lot I took with me. We had fun in his class as he was a warm and kind person. He was a standard for good teachers and will be missed.
June 23, 2019
Dearest Morelli Family,

I was just thinking of our WONDERFUL Signore Morelli and was deeply saddened to learn that he had just passed away I do not know what made me look him up since I rarely do things like this. I can't help but think it was his kind heart that nudged me to do so and his way of connecting with his children (students) so that we might connect with YOU and let YOU know what he meant to SO MANY.

He was my Italian high school teacher at Lowell. Each week, he shared his JOY, LOVE, and KINDNESS at a VERY difficult time in my life. His EXUBERANCE and BEAUTIFUL SMILE brightened my days and helped me SO much during that period! He has always had a SPECIAL place in my heart, and he ALWAYS WILL. I don't know what I would have done without him and Mr. Cooper! I hope on some level that Signore Morelli understood the IMPACT he had on US!

I became a teacher, and I often think of the spirit with which he taught. He was HIGHLY ETHICAL and INSISTED on bringing BEAUTY into his world and, as a result, into everyone else's! Field trips to North Beach, Italian Club fundraisers, his BEAUTIFUL eyes making eye contact with each student to make us feel VISIBLE -- an EXCEPTIONAL man. He taught from the HEART, and he SAW EACH OF US and made us feel VALUED and LOVED.


Signor Morelli's STUDENT
Deborah C.
June 22, 2019
Mrs. Morelli and family,

Mr. Morelli was my Italian Language teacher at Woodrow Wilson High I came to America as a young girl and therefore wanted to expand my native language. He was a patient and wonderful teacher, shared many stories and made the language come alive. Will never forget his tours of North Beach and Coit Tower. During the Christmas Holidays, he would bring the traditional Torrone(nougat candy)to class to share and talk about Holiday family Traditions.

Rest in peace Sigore Morelli, you and your family will be in our prayers.

Domenica Foti Dellegrazie & family
San bruno, Ca
June 19, 2019
Famiglia Morelli ,

Commendatore Bruno un Cavaliere Sevente.

He welcomed me into the service of teaching students, stood up for and embraced his principles to the point that he took a leave from teaching, convinced the administration that I could teach Italian , gave me a Collins It -Eng dictionary and in secret continued to tutor his students.

Mary, I've NEVER seen a happier man when he told me that you accepted to share you life with him.

My prayers will be with your family for as long as his loving memories remain in your hearts.


Jack D'Angelo
Jack D'Angelo
June 19, 2019
Mr. Morelli was my homeroom teacher. He was one of those teachers you never forget. I still think of him from time to time. He was an awesome mentor and guide. Kind, thoughtful, empathetic and truly capable of instilling a love of learning.
Dawn Green
June 17, 2019
Mr. Morelli was my Italian language teacher for a year in 1989-1990 at Lowell. I often remember his hunor and kindness in class...and his patience. He made learning fun with stories and explanations. I have memories of spotting him in the hallways with his blue turtleneck and blazer, always with a usual smiley "hello/ciao" as he hurriedly moved from one area of the campus to the other. Always, the memories of him as a teacher are fond ones, he will be missed...
Alyssa Zelaya
June 14, 2019
A humble and soft spoken champion of the challenged and neglected, that was Mr. Morelli - and how he ROCKS that tuxedo! He and Mary mentored my daughter during her school years at St. Vincent de Paul. They were both amazing Angels.
Jon Draper
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