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Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Jennie Belleggia Berardi
Born in Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1917. She passed away peacefully, at home, on August 24, 2002 in Santa Rosa, California. Jennie was the youngest of five daughters born to Giuseppe Belleggia and Maria Nicoletti Belleggia. In 1934, at the age of 16, she met and soon married Joseph Berardi -- a union that lasted 67 years and produced two sons. Soon after her first born son Louis arrived in 1935, Jennie boarded the trans- continental railroad and the two headed West to join her two sisters Rose and Nan. Joseph joined her shortly thereafter and the family settled in North Beach San Francisco, where a second son, Leonard, was born in 1941. Jennie always remained close to her sisters, Rose, Nan, Minnie, and Irene. Gradually the Belleggia family moved West. Jennie and Joe lived in San Francisco, while the rest of the family settled in Reno, Nevada. Jennie was a retired member of San Francisco Culinary Workers Local Union #2. Since moving to Santa Rosa in 1976 she was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. She was devoted to her husband and family. She thoroughly enjoyed Italian cooking, dancing, family, friends and travel. She made numerous trips to Italy -- the most recent being in June 2001, when she and Joe were accompanied by both sons, daughter-in-law Adrienne, grandchildren Dominic and Rene, great-grandchildren Emmy, Quinn, Oliver and companion and friend Peter Babcock, as well as close friends Lisa Cothrell and Robert Stewart. Jennie was preceded in death by her husband in January 2002. She is survived by her sister Irene Wagner of Hastings-on- Hudson, New York, sons Louis and Leonard and spouses Adrienne and Kathleen, grandchildren, Lisa, Mark, Sean, Dominic, Hilary, Phillip, James, Rene, Todd, Tobias and Jon and 22 great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Her Life Mass at St. Rose Catholic Church, 1:00 PM, Thursday, August 29th. Please direct donations to Hospice or The Alzheimer's Association.

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