Josephine Clara Res­tani Ratto

Fe­bru­ary 12, 1923 - Jan­uary 6, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

It hap­pened on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6, 2019, shortly af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­mu­nion. Josephine passed away quickly and peace­fully, with Ou, her care­giver, by her side. She takes with her all of our his­tory, which she of­ten shared, and kept se­curely in her mind. Born Fe­bru­ary 12, 1923, Josephine was near­ing her 96th birth­day. She was the daugh­ter of Ital­ian im­mi­grants, Joseph and Katie Res­tani. She was sharp as a tack and lived a long, pros­per­ous and happy life. Josephine could tell you the ad­dress of the house she and her sis­ter, Vera, grew up in on Geneva Av­enue in San Fran­cisco. Her fam­ily was in the nurs­ery busi­ness, and Josephine worked in the of­fice. It was here where Josephine met her hus­band, Al­bert Ratto. Josephine and Al­bert mar­ried on July 10, 1948. Shortly there­after, their daugh­ter Joan was born, and three years later, they wel­comed their son John into the world. Josephine and Al­bert moved to San Ma­teo in 1954 and called it home. Josephine and her hus­band spent many great years trav­el­ing the world and ex­plor­ing new fron­tiers, but when she was home, you would of­ten find her in the kitchen pre­par­ing all of our fa­vorite Ital­ian dishes. Of­ten, when Josephine wasn’t in the kitchen, she was en­joy­ing one of her many fa­vorite sports teams. With­out a doubt, the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants were here ab­so­lute fa­vorite, and games were rarely missed, even if she was on va­ca­tion.

Fam­ily and friends were im­por­tant to Josephine. She was known as Jo, Lala Jo, The Lady, Mom and Grandma. Josephine em­braced each re­la­tion­ship with a spe­cial kind of un­con­di­tional love. Josephine is sur­vived by her daugh­ter Joan Tezak (hus­band, Bill) and son John Ratto (wife, He­len), and two grand­chil­dren, Sage Tezak (hus­band, Dave Mi­nard) and Jeff Ratto (wife, Kim). Josephine is also sur­vived by her nieces and neph­ews, Pauline, Ar­lene, Ron and Rick Lavezzo.

Fam­ily and friends are in­vited to the Rosary Ser­vice on Jan­uary 14, 2019 at 7:00pm at Crosby-N. Gray & Co. Funeral Home lo­cated at 2 Park Road, Burlingame, CA. Funeral Mass will be held on Jan­uary 15, 2019 at 10:00am at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church lo­cated at the cor­ner of Alameda de las Pul­gas and Crys­tal Springs Blvd., San Ma­teo, CA. Af­ter­wards, the in­tern­ment will be at Sky­lawn Me­mo­rial Park lo­cated at Hwy 92 at Sky­line Blvd, San Ma­teo, CA

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