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Point Reyes Light - June 13, 2002

Inverness weekender Alberta Toschi dies at 90

By Larken Bradley

Inverness weekender Alberta Toschi, who for 60 years spent summers and vacations in her familyís Vision Road home, died May 29 in Novato of natural causes. She was 90.

Born in Anaheim on January 28, 1912, Alberta Vail, the oldest of two, was a fourth-generation Californian whose forebears arrived before the Gold Rush. Her maternal great-grandfather was the first doctor in Orange County.

Prior to World War II when her father went to work for McDonnell-Douglas, the family operated a ranch.

After graduating from high school, she attended UC Berkeley, where she lived in the International House and earned a bachelorís degree in accounting. A pioneer woman in her field, she was the only female in the Accounting Departmentís graduating class that year.

Because employment opportunities for women in her field were limited in the Depression years, she did not expect to immediately find a job as an executive-level accountant.

Visiting Inverness

In San Francisco she met her husband-to-be, Richard Toschi, a dairy inspector for Marin County ranches. The couple settled in Novato and began visiting Inverness in 1949. Mr. Toschi died in 1982.

Growing up in Southern California Mrs. Toschi became an excellent swimmer. She always enjoyed the beach and swimming in Tomales Bay, said her daughter Catherine Tauber.

An outgoing woman who liked people, Mrs. Toschi also loved a good game of Scrabble or bridge. Highly competitive, if anyone beat her she could get quite cranky, laughed her daughter.

Mrs. Toschi was a member of the Inverness Yacht Club, Inverness Garden Club, St. Anthonyís Church, and the Friends of the Novato Public Library.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine and Maurice Tauber of Davis; Theresa and Gordon Wistrom of Healdsburg; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Anne Toschi of Burlingame; and five grandchildren.

The family has suggested that any memorial contributions be made to a favorite charity.

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