March 30, 1921 ~ January 26, 2016
MARY AZZOLA BERETTA 3/2/1921 – 1/26/2016
Mary Ellen Azzola Beretta, age 94, died of natural causes peacefully at her home with her family at her side.
Born in Renton, Washington on March 2, 1921, Mary was the daughter of Italian immigrants. She traveled to Italy and married Franco Beretta in 1947. Together, Mary and Franco built a wonderful life, eventually settling in California in 1958 to raise their family. She was a devoted wife and loving mother to her four children. She was very involved in the Fremont community and loved cooking and gardening. Her husband Dr. Franco Beretta, a General Surgeon in Fremont, predeceased Mary in 1983. Mary moved to Hillsborough in 2003, where she became Barbara Way's beloved grandma—and favorite candy stop— for all the neighborhood kids.
She is survived by her sister Olga Azzola; her sons Marco (Ilene) Beretta of Fremont, Bruce (Melissa) Beretta of Bakersfield, David (Nancy) Beretta of Pleasanton; and her daughter Sandra (Ron) Duncanson of Hillsborough. She was a wonderful Nonni to eleven grandchildren: Chrissy, Tony, Stephanie, Adriana, Gina, Robert, Michael, Austin, Melissa, Megan and Aiden. Mary was never happier than when her home was filled with family and friends enjoying one of her fabulous Italian meals together.
In lieu of flowers, please keep her in your thoughts. Private services were held