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Anna Limerinos

January 30, 1928 — November 30, 2013

Anna Maria "Rose" Limerinos passed away in her home with her family by her side on November 30, 2013. Born in Paris, France January 30, 1928 to Italian parents, Scipione and Antonietta Massari, Rose grew up with four brothers in Naples, Italy. She and her family survived World War II as civilians caught between German occupation and bombing by the Allies. Her incredible accounts of the war were what movies were made of. Rose met her future husband, the late John T. Limerinos, an American soldier stationed in Naples, right after Germany surrendered. They became engaged before he ended his tour of duty then called for her three years later. She was escorted to the United States by her mother. They were married in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1948. Not knowing any English, she immediately took a correspondence course to learn the language and proudly became a U.S. Citizen a few years later. Rose was a homemaker, loving wife and devoted mother to three surviving children: Tom Limerinos (Collinsville, IL), Nanette Hanson (Winters, CA) and Johnny Limerinos (Sonoma, CA). She instilled in her children a strong sense of family, love of life and of course, being Italian, a love of good food. In 1960, the family moved to San Carlos, California, then in 1976 to Atherton. Her developmentally disabled son Johnny propelled Rose's lifelong crusade to support and improve the care of her son and others like him. She was an active participant in parent organizations at Peninsula Children's Center, Children's Health Council and, most recently, the Sonoma Developmental Center Parents Association. Widowed in 1980, Rose entered a new period of fulfillment: she passionately volunteered for the Charter Auxiliary for Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, collecting and selling donated items at monthly rummage sales. She advocated for appropriate care of the mentally ill, rallying her friends and family to write their congressional reps and senators. She loved to travel making yearly trips to Europe to vacation with her brothers. And oh how she loved to dance! It was during this time she began to introduce herself as Anna Maria (her legal name). She loved learning, particularly other languages and became fluent in French and even just prior to her death was learning Spanish. Anna Maria moved to Davis, CA in 2008 after living in Menlo Park for 19 years to be near her daughter. Still active and lively, she enjoyed all the activities offered. She even got into guided meditation. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends, though going to casinos to play video poker was high on the list. Anna Maria touched many people in her life in a special way. She had a great joie de vie, very generous and provided loving support to all she knew. Her bright and loving spirit will be missed. She is preceded in death by her parents,Scipione and Antonietta Massari and brothers Giuseppe, Mario and Ernesto. She is survived by her brother, Giulio Massari; daughter-in-law, Jane Limerinos; son-in-law, Greg Hanson; grandchildren, Christopher Limerinos, Gina Miller, Amanda Hanson, Victor and Joseph Cappa; great-grandchildren Caleb, Tehya and Nya and many nieces, nephews and cousins and extended family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Smith Residence SPTA Fund; Sonoma Developmental Center Fiscal Office; P.O. Box 985; Eldridge, CA 94531. Rosary vigil will be held Mon, Dec. 16 @ 7pm at Wiscombe Funeral Chapel, 116 D Street, Davis. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tues., Dec 17th @ 12 noon at St. James Church 14th and B St. in Davis.

Previous Events

Vigil Service
Monday, December 16, 2013
Smith Funeral Home - Davis

116 D Street
Davis, CA 95616

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
St. James Catholic Church

1275 B Street
Davis, CA 95616

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