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Frances Di Girolamo

July 16, 1917 ~ August 15, 2018 (age 101)

Frances Di Girolamo, 101, died peacefully at home on August 15, 2018.
Frances was born on July 16, 1917 in Pittsburg, CA to Rocco and Petrina Lucido. While on vacation in Monterey, Frances met the love of her life, Tony Di Girolamo, and they married in 1938. Early in her marriage she worked at Hovden Cannery. Tony and Frances spent 65 years together raising a family, working together at Angelo's, the family restaurant, traveling, hosting extended family events. Everyone was welcomed in her home. It was not unusual finding extended family members living in her home while working at the restaurant. She was an excellent cook whose recipes have been handed down to her children and grandchildren. Frances was an active member of the ICF Branch #36 working the Lenten Dinners and later attending the 85th Birthday celebration with her entire family.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband and her parents, sons Phillip and Richard, brothers Sal and Russell, sisters Rose and Grace. She is survived by her daughters Rena of Monterey and Tina (Robert England) of Salinas, daughters-in-law Jane of Salinas and Bette of San Jose. Grandchildren Lori (Greg Voogd), Blaise (Michelle), Veronica, Chris, Sara (Sergio Vaca), Adam and Stephanie. Great grandchildren Nicholas & Tyler Voogd, Madison and Marco Di Girolamo, Anthony Di Girolamo, Katelyn Mendenhall, Rohan and Mathis Vaca plus many nieces and nephews. The grandchildren and great grandchildren brought joy to her life even up to the end.
Funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday, August 22 at 10:00 A.M. at San Carlos Cathedral, 500 Church Street, Monterey.
The family gives a special thank you to caregivers Ginna, Diana, Lupe and Veronica who cared for our mother as their own. Also a special thank you to Britta, Anna and Terri of VNA/Hospice.
In lieu of flowers send donations to VNA/Hospice, 5 Lower Ragsdale Dr., Monterey 93940, American Cancer Society , 945 S. Main St. Ste 201, Salinas 93901 or your favorite charity .

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