Valda Esatti (Dolly) Craperi
1930 - 2020
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Valda (Dolly) Esatti Craperi

Reno - Feb. 2, 1930 - June 8, 2020

Dolly passed away peacefully in her home of 60 years on what would have been her 73rd wedding anniversary surrounded by her two children.

Dolly was born in nearby Floriston, Ca. On the day of her birth, Virgil Craperi picked her up and announced that he was going to marry her someday. Thus began a 90 year love affair with Virgil as she grew up, married and raised a family and was with him when he passed away at 90 years old. Her parents, Henry and Daria Esatti immigrated from northern Italy and made their home in Reno. She was preceded in her death by her sisters, Vivian Avansino, Frida Cartinella, and stepsister, Roberta Stovak. Dolly is survived by her son, Skip (Sarah) and daughter, Christine Bayer (Bob), her grandsons, Jason (Katie ) and Justin (Ashley), her great-grandsons, Max and Oliver, great-granddaughter Lennon, and an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews in the Avansino and Cartinella family tree.

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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from Jun. 18 to Jun. 21, 2020.
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June 24, 2020
Virgil and Dolly were my neighbors for 20 years and were lovely people who loved each other deeply. Both loved to sit in their front yard and talk to anyone who came by. They loved the noise of the neighborhood created by my kids and others in the neighborhood. Both grew old gracefully and always had a cup half full view of life. They were fortunate to have Chris and Skip who loved and took care of Dolly in her own home until she passed away. She never wanted to leave her home and Skip and Chris took care of her for the last several years of her life. God Bless Skip and Chris.
Donald Lattin
June 23, 2020
Dear Craperi Family,
A 90-year old love affair like Virgil and Dolly had cannot go without mention. It is storybook in nature and had to have been made in heaven. I feel so fortunate to have crossed paths with these two lovebirds and been able to work with Virgil at SPPCo for so many years.
I last saw Dolly and Virgil shopping at the Caughlin Ranch Scolari's supermarket shortly before Virgil passed. My heart goes out to all the family members, and I too will miss this remarkable couple that have given us all so many enduring memories. They will never be forgotten and may they now rest in eternal peace together as one. God bless all.
Bob Smith
June 20, 2020
Enjoyed Dolly and Virgil so much when they would come have dinner with all of us at Chili's McCarran. I was saddened when learning of her passing, but happy she is with the love of her life, Virgil. So sorry for your loss, Skip and Christine.
Debbie Hansen
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