In Loving Memory Of Leda Marie Dinucci (Nonni)
Leda was born on May 6, 1926 in the Italian District of San Francisco. She lived there with her parents Emma and Guido and three siblings Mario, Lola, and Googy. Leda’s first language was Italian but she quickly learned English in school and took on the important role of translator for the family. Her first job was at age 16 where she worked at the local bakery shop.
Leda met her husband Albert at a wedding in early 1947. That night she went home and wrote in her diary that she was going to marry him, and that is exactly what she did. They were married several months later on September 21, 1947 and raised two beautiful children, Dwayne and Doreen in San Mateo. As a family they enjoyed camping in their motorhome and spent each summer in Lake Tahoe.
After retirement, Leda and Albert moved to Sonora where they purchased a home on a 5 acre lot with a big red and white barn. They stayed busy maintaining their land, but also wanted to remain connected to their Italian heritage, so they joined a local Italian club where they enjoyed a monthly dinner and dancing gatherings with friends. They also had a passion for traveling and visited many memorable places including Italy, Australia, Spain, and other countries in Europe.
In 1997, after fifty amazing years of marriage, Albert passed away but Leda continued to stay busy and positive. She loved being around people and decided to go back to work at Cover’s Apple Ranch where she was best known for her mile-high apple pies. In her free time she enjoyed many hobbies that included gardening, cooking, embroidery, and keeping a clean house. Her embroidered dish towels were a favorite of many and the ones she didn’t give to family and friends were sold at the Cover’s gift shop which made her very happy.
Five years after Albert passed, Leda wanted to be closer to her family so she moved into a townhouse near her daughter in Walnut Creek. Leda desired to continue working and got a job at McCaulou’s Department store. She worked there for several years and made the decision to quit the day before her 80th birthday to spend more time with family and focus on her hobbies.
Leda lived an amazing and fulfilling 95 years of life. She was fortunate enough to have four grandchildren along the way and even became a great-grandmother to seven children. She loved her family more than anything and was the glue that held everyone together. Everyone called her Nonni and that is how we will always remember her.
Words cannot express how much Nonni will be missed. She influenced each and every one of us in so many ways...from patiently playing Candyland, checkers, and school for hours with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to selflessly being that extra set of hands when any of us needed help with anything. We will forever hold Nonni in our hearts and will cherish the wisdom and lessons she has left with us. She said it best in a card she left to her family, her love is forever.
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