Laura Pessagno

laura pessagno

April 2, 1923 ~ March 11, 2023

Born in: South San Francisco, California
Resided in: Fremont, California

Laura Pessagno long time Fremont resident passed away at her home peacefully just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

She was one of the founders of the Washington Township Hospital Service League and an active member for 65 years.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Born and reared in South San Francisco she married Gene in 1940 and moved to the town of Niles which incorporated with four other towns into the City of Fremont in 1956.

Laura was preceded in her death by her husband Gene, her daughter Janet Pessagno and her brothers Aldo and Leo Padreddii.  She is survived by her daughter Joan (Allen) Lopez, grandchildren Tony (Alysa) Avila, Tim (Stacie) Avila, Gina Avila, and Ali Lopez, great-grandchildren Zachary, Katrina, Luca and Matteo Avila and Cian and Fallon Yakeley, and numerous surrogate sons, daughters, nieces and nephews.

Laura loved to cook and her risotto, minestrone soup and desserts warmed the hearts of family and friends.  Laura loved to crochet and do calligraphy.  She provided years of service to Washington Hospital & helped create and often volunteered at the Gene Angelo Pessagno charity golf tournament in memory of her husband.

A remembrance for Laura will be held at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA on Sunday, March 26, 2023 from 3 to 6 pm.  A private burial will be held on Monday, March 27, 2023 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 11 AM.

Please consider donations to Moreau Catholic High School, Janet Pessagno and Lopez Family Scholarship Fund, Washington Hospital Foundation, or Sister John Marie Food Pantry.


Funeral Service: March 26, 2023 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Room: Garden Chapel

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


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    • CandleShe had a beautiful smile. I loved talking to her and I will miss her. R.I.P. God bless her family during this difficult time. Please bring them comfort and peace. Love you.

  1. CandleLaura had a remarkable life. Every time I saw her, she had a beautiful smile on her face. God bless the Pessagno family. 🙏🏻🌷

  2. Laura was a member of the Washington Hospital Service League for a remarkable 68 years, from 1955 until her passing, This remarkable record of community service will probably never be matched. She was a pillar of our community at Washington Hospital. We will miss her so much.

  3. CandleThank you Laura for everything that you have done for our Service League of Volunteers at WHHS. Your presence brought continued light in our organization. It was an honor to have known you.
    May your volunteer heart continue to light up paradise.

  4. Laura, the Washington Hospital Service League of volunteers will miss you immensely! You were not just an individual; you were an institution! Your drive, charming smile and enthusiasm have always been a source of inspiration to us. You will forever be our guiding light in the years to come.

    To the Pessagno family, our heartfelt condolences to you during this difficult time. May Laura’s treasured memories give you peace and comfort.

  5. CandleLaura’s legacy of service to our Washington Hospital District continues to live on in and through the Service League Volunteers. We are privileged to have known her indomitable, humorous spirit and giving heart. She has been a golden thread that has woven through the generations of volunteers who have come and gone, high school students to retirees. How we thank God for her life and influence. May her loving family take comfort in her life lived so well.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. She led such a wonderful life and I am just thankful that my Dad got to reminisce with her before she left us.

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