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Esther M. Campagna

1923 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Esther M. Campagna Obituary
Esther M. Campagna March 26, 1923 - November 21, 2018 Encinitas Esther "Mickey" Campagna passed peacefully with her family by her side. She is survived by three children, Patricia Campagna of Encinitas, CA, Robin (George) Missailidis of Encinitas, CA, and Michael (Michelle) Campagna of La Jolla, CA, her sister, Beatrice Maldonado of Pittsburg CA; brother, Charlie Santoyo of Pittsburg, CA, and a sister-in-law, Rosemary Campagna of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was predeceased by her oldest son, Paul Campagna, who died of cancer in 1978 and Pat Campagna (1995). Mickey is also survived by her grandchildren, George Jr., Jasen, Michael Jr., Jacob, Kelsey, and her loving Shitzu dog, Rosie.Mickey was born in Crocket, CA, to Maria Negrete Santoyo and Julian Guerrero Santoyo. She grew up in Pittsburg, CA. After high school, she worked in the canneries of Port Oakland. She worked during Rosie the Riveter era of WWII. She met her husband of 25 years, Patrick Albert Campagna, at Camp Stowman during GI dances at war time. They won many jitter bug contests. They married on April 13, 1947. Shortly after, Pat moved her to NYC to live with his Italian parents in Astoria. Paul and Patricia were born in NYC. They returned to California, and moved to Redwood City. Robin and Michael were born at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. Mickey had a positive outlook on life and cherished her children more than anything. She raised their children in Redwood City, CA, and made sure each of them went to college. When her children moved to San Diego for college, she would visit and make elaborate meals and supply them with tons of food. Her children settled in San Diego after college. Mickey worked at Raychem Corporation for 30 years and helped build the Alaska Pipeline and Mattel plastic toys. When her children were grown, she went to Dennis Nelson's Health Spa to work out daily. After retiring, she volunteered at Red Morton Recreation Senior Center where she helped with meals and made tons of friends. She enjoyed watching the 49ers practice there. She traveled to Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii and Disneyland with family. Once her children married and began having children, Mickey decided to move to Encinitas to be closer. Mickey lived in Encinitas for 15 years. Mickey's motivation for her life's work was always her children. She instilled in her children the importance of having a strong work ethic to enable them to receive their own desires in life. Each of her children have successful careers in their endeavors. Mickey was a great sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Anyone who was fortunate to know her would tell you how great she was. Mickey would celebrate every holiday to the maximum regardless of which one it was. At Christmas, the tree would be lit and filled with gifts galore. At Easter, we had our Sunday's best and huge baskets, on July 4th, ours was always the celebration house. No holidays were ignored or skipped. We lived by the Circle Star Theatre where mom took us to many concerts, including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Her personality was spunky, a firecracker, and she always spoke her mind. She taught us some of lives most important gifts of giving and about always sticking up for yourself. Most of all, she SHOWED THE MOST LOVE SHE COULD TO ALL OF HER KIDS ALL OF THE TIME. OUR MOM WILL BE MISSED, LOVED AND REMEMBERED FOREVER!Services were at All Hallows' Church in La Jolla on November 28, 2018. A burial service will be held at Gates Of Heaven in Los Altos on December 5, 2018 at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations on Mickey's behalf to Scripps Memorial La Jolla at http://www.scripps.org/giving
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 2, 2018
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