Obituaries for the week of 1/31/2014

Mary Dominica Scardaci

Mary Dominica Scardaci passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2014, after a brief illness.

Born on June 8, 1914, in Priocca, Italy, Mary immigrated to America with her father Sabino Bariona and mother Margarita Grasso Bariona. Her sensitivity, warmth and sense of humor will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Mrs. Scardaci grew up in San Francisco, attending Jean Parker Elementary School and Lick Wilmerding High School.

Mary received her professional medical assistant training followed by a long career in San Francisco, San Rafael and Corte Mardera.  

An avid tennis player, she met her husband Anthony Scardaci on the courts in North Beach where they lived and raised their family for many years. Tony and Mary moved to San Anselmo in the early 1950 and Mary enjoyed raising her children, playing the piano, and was an active volunteer with a wide circle of friends and neighbors.

Tony and Mary retired to Graeagle in 1975, where they enjoyed the beauty of Plumas County, fishing and hiking in the Lakes Basin Area. Tony passed away in 1980 and Mary remained in their mountain home for 25 years enjoying family visits, travel and friends.

Mary will be long remembered as an avid gardener and for graciously sharing her creative crafts, needlepoint and remarkable talents as a seamstress. Moving to Healdsburg in 2005 to be with family, she often remarked Sonoma County was just like being in Italy and enjoyed walking in wooded parklands and vineyards.  

Mrs. Scardaci is survived by her son Tony Scardaci and daughter-in-law Leslie of Clyde, N.C., and her daughter Rita Scardaci and son-in-law San Radelfinger, of Healdsburg; grandchildren Christine Newlin, MaryAnn Hardeman, Jennifer McGarr, Kathleen Colman, Brenda Solis, Brook Radelfinger, Brandy Shaw; and great-grandchildren Jack and Amelia Hardeman, Henry, MaryBeth and William Newlin, Isabel, Marcela and Emilia Arce, Hailey, Andrew, and Sophia Colman, Alisha and Jenna Solis, Jen Shaw and Laurel Wallace. The family thanks Sutter Health Care at Home and Mary’s caregivers for their companionship and kindness. Mary’s family will celebrate her life this summer in Graeagle. Memorial donations may be made to Sutter Hospice, 110 Stony Point Road, No. 200, Santa Rosa CA  95401.  



Eladio John Zazueta

Eladio John Zazueta passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, with his family by his side. He was born Dec. 31, 1932, in San Juan Batista.

Eladio moved to Portola in 1937. He was a beloved father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

He spent most of his life in the woods logging and building roads. He was best known for opening the Mohawk Tavern in 1968. He loved spending time with his family out driving mountain roads that he built as a Cat skinner logger and sharing his life stories of a logger’s hard life.

He is survived by his beloved sister Amelia (Ray Castillo) and family of Loyalton; beloved friend and mother to his six children, Janet Miller, of Cromberg; his six children, Lori (Kirk) Bader, of Portola, Patrick Zazueta, of Woodland, Alicia Taylor, of New Mexico, Jan (Scott) Keogh, of Portola, Michelle (James) Swartz, of Arizona, and Matt (Patty) Zazueta, of Portola; grandchildren Amanda (Ray) Preckwinkle, Sandra Knox, Randy (Satana) Knox, Ryan Knox, Zach Taylor, Alicia Zazueta, Eladio Zazueta, Travis Taylor, Zaena Zazueta; and his great-grandchildren Louis Zazueta, Braiden Jackson, Ryder Knox, Jett Preckwinkle, Kingston Knox, Jagger Knox, Ruthie Irene Preckwinkle.

He was preceded in death by his father Eladio Zazueta, his mother Veijn Zazueta, his great-nephew Edward Castillo, and his great-grandson Joseph Preckwinkle, and many, many friends.

A celebration of his life was held on Friday, Jan. 24, at the memorial hall in Portola.

Arrangements were entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


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