November 7, 1940 - March 25, 2021
Resident of Campbell
Mary Jane Berryessa, 80, passed away on March 25, 2021. She was born to Riko "Roy" Jurich and Jane Ferrante-Jurich on November 7, 1940 in Monterey, CA.
Mary met Melvin Berryessa in 1957. Melvin was from the Willow Glen area of San Jose and Mary was from Campbell. Campbell, in those days was considered "the sticks" and their courtship was said to be "across the tracks"- Literally the train tracks ran through Campbell and San Jose. Their love persevered and quickly they were engaged. They were married on October 4. 1958 at Saint Lucy's Church in Campbell. Together they had 5 children: Cynthia, James, Mary, Julie and John.
Melvin built their family home in Campbell in 1963. Mary was happy to be a wife and mother. She always hosted the family holidays. Traditions were a central part of family life. When the children were grown, she went to work at a retail store called the Queen Bee in Town and Country Village for about 8 years and later as a florist. She became a grandmother to two grandsons and retired to be a full-time grandmother the minute they came into her life. Between Mary and Mel, aka; Grams and Gramps they had many years of nurturing and enjoying the next generation. Her next biggest passion was quilting. She designed and created the most beautiful quilts that are displayed and cherished in family homes. Her quilting group misses her as much as she missed them and she would want to mention them: Quilting buddy's, Teri and Carol and lifelong best friends Darleen and Connie.
Mary is survived by her husband, Melvin; children, Mary Reese (Cliff), Julie, and John; grandchildren, Daniel Reese (Jessica), and Michael Reese (Desiree); a future great-granddaughter of Daniel and Jessica due in August, 2021; brother, Michael Jurich; & sister-in-law, Bonnie Hopper.
She was preceded in death by her children, Cynthia, and James; and her sister, Rosily.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, April 8 from 5-8pm with a Vigil at 7pm at San Jose Funeral Chapel, 1050 S Bascom Ave, San Jose. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11am on Friday, April 9 at St Lucy Catholic Church, 2350 S Winchester Blvd, Campbell. Burial will follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in her memory to St Lucy Catholic Church. View the online memorial for Mary Berryessa