1928 – 2020
Our beautiful mother and grandmother quietly slipped into eternity early Dec. 9, 2020. Born to Portuguese parents in Hawaii, she was raised in Honolulu. She was walking to Mass that “day that will live in infamy” and witnessed firsthand the destruction. She worked summers in order to graduate from Sacred Heart Academy.
After graduation, she worked for many years in banking. On Waikiki Beach, in 1952, she met our father. They married in San Francisco two years later, and raised their five kids in the city, Santa Rosa and Daly City. She will be fondly remembered for her quiet wit, unbelievable patience, extraordinary good looks, generous kindness, and her deep, abiding faith. A highlight of her life was a visit to Rome where she saw Pope John Paul II whom she greatly admired.
She was preceded in death by our dad, Bob, her brother Frank, her parents, Maggie and Frank Sr., as well as our dog, Champ, whom she loved. She is survived by her five children, Michael, Daniel, Donna, Linda and Kevin; her 15 grandkids, Erin, Jennifer, Katie, Debbie, Elizabeth, John, Emilio, Eugene, Rick, Chico, Eva, Evaristo, Espi, Ellie and Eloisa; and her seven great-grandchildren, Ryan, Elena, Audrey, James Jr., Peyton, Luther and Freya. Visitation and Rosary will be limited to immediate family due to COVID-19 restrictions. A funeral Mass will be held at Good Shepherd Church, 909 Oceana Blvd., Pacifica, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.
Aloha, Mom … until we meet again.
Richard Le Gallienne’s poem, “I Meant To Do My Work Today” was one of her favorites.
“I meant to do my work today —
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand —
So, what could I do but laugh and go?”