July 10, 1925 ~ May 21, 2015
Kind-hearted, fun-loving, and devoted to family, Jean Gumas of Fremont, Calif., died on May 21 at the age of 89. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of Italian immigrants Pasquale and Maria Ginnetti and one of five siblings. She married her high school sweetheart, Sam Gumas, and they followed his family west, finally settling in Fremont, where Jean lived for more than 50 years. Sam passed away in 1972. Jean worked at the iconic San Francisco department store, The White House, until its closing in 1965, and then joined Mervyn's at its second store which opened in Fremont, where she proudly worked for nearly 30 years, until her retirement. She loved people, her garden, cooking Italian specialties, and, above all, her family, who will remember her always. She is survived by her adored son Dean, of Fremont. She was pre-deceased by brothers Anthony, Flavio, and Patsy Ginnetti, and sister Elizabeth Nicodemo, all of Ohio. She leaves devoted sisters- and brothers-in-law Virginia and Peter Kardassakis of San Francisco, Georgia Scordelis of El Cerrito, John Papadakis of Chico, and Peter and Pari Spallas of Chico; as well as fourteen much-loved nieces and nephews in Ohio, California, and North Carolina. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at the Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels in Fremont. Friends are invited to make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.