Posted by Newspaper Transcriber on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 19:03:36 :
Gene Bertolacci, who lived in Half Moon Bay since the early 1960s, died May 31 at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City at age 89, following a brief illness.
Born in Arkansas, Mrs. Bertolacci came to California in the early 1960s due to her work on a passenger shipping line. She married Frank Bertolacci in July 1961.
For a few years, she owned and operated Gene's Dress Shop, a woman's clothing store, on Main Street in Half Moon Bay. She also worked at Torres restaurant in Montara, had a local catering business, and worked in childcare on the coast as well.
"She did a little bit of everything," said Mrs. Bertolacci's stepdaughter, Linda Andreini of Half Moon Bay.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she and her husband lived for three years in Dos Palos, near Los Baņos in California, but ultimately returned to Half Moon Bay.
Mrs. Bertolacci enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was a notable seamstress, Andreini said.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Frank Bertolacci, who died in 2004, and also by two daughters. She is survived by her son, Lewis Dunn, of Oregon, stepchildren Linda Andreini of Half Moon Bay and Richard Bertolacci of Washington state, and by four stepgrandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by one brother.
A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Bertolacci was celebrated on Monday, June 5.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church Capital Campaign, at 400 Church St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.
Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero Pebble, Wednesday, June 7, 2006
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