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Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, May 5, 2002

Yelva Giannini
Our beloved mother, nana, and bis-nana, Yelva Giannini, a long time resident of Larkspur, passed away peacefully on April 21st, 2002 at the age of 93. Born in San Vito Commune di Lucca, Italy, Yelva moved to America when three years old. Her family settled in San Francisco and, after her marriage in 1930, she moved to Larkspur. Yelva obtained her real estate license and for 26 years she worked for various Marin County realty firms. During this time, she also was involved in many community organizations. Her lifelong passion with gardening and entertaining culminated with the publication of "The Giorgi Sisters Cookbook", written in conjunction with her sisters, Lola Pucinelli and Vienna Giorgi. Family, friends, and neighbors have benefited greatly from her sage kitchen knowledge and advice. Her polpette and tortellini will sorely be missed. Yelva was preceded in death by Paris, her devoted husband of 50 years, her loving parents Attilio and Cesire Giorgi, and sister Lola. She is survived by her son, Bruce, sister Vienna, grandchildren Paris, Rhonda, Greg, and Mario Giannini, Theresa Dunham, their spouses as well as numerous great-grandchildren, and by Joyce Giannini. Yelva was an remarkable person whose love, spirit, energy, and generosity touched many. Her loving family and friends will miss her dearly. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 13 (which would have been her 94th birthday) at 11:30 at Mt.Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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