Lucille (Luchi) Walsh
3/8/1919 – 10/27/2018
Born in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico on March 8, 1919. She was the sixth child of Francisco and Carmen Gonzalez Hernandez. The family moved to the North Beach area of San Francisco when Lucille was a year old, after which time four additional siblings were born. Lucille was raised in San Francisco, graduating with honors from Mission High School. She worked many years in the newspaper field, as a proofreader and in classified advertising, both for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Progress. She married Richard (Dick) Connolly in September of 1940, and they had two daughters: Joan Arellano and Kacey Karmendy (Jake). After the death of her first husband in October 1971, Lucille married Kevin Walsh, another long-time San Franciscan, in December of 1972. On his retirement, they moved to Santa Rosa, where they loved country living and were active in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church community. After Kevin passed in 2003, Lucille relocated to the Oakmont area. In 2010, Lucille moved to Redwood City to be closer to her daughters. She moved to Millbrae in 2016, where she lived until her passing. Lucille was blessed with three grandsons: Mark and Jim Arellano and Nick Karmendy; as well as stepgrandchildren: Danielle Burris, David Arellano, Stephen Arellano and Lisa Deyo. She is survived by her sister Alice Vezzolini. She enjoyed playing cards, especially poker, pinochle and 31. Lucille was a life-long 49er fan and had an extensive VHS collection of their games from the 90’s, which she watched over and over. She was proud of her Mexican heritage, and her enchiladas and contamales (baked tamales) were legendary. In her younger days, she and her brother Mike would entertain the family by dancing “Jarabe Tapatio” (Mexican Hat Dance) at family gatherings. Her extended family, including nieces and nephews, greatgrandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews will miss her very much.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, November 12, 11:00 am at St. Dunstan Church in Millbrae. A Celebration of Lucille’s Life will be held in early 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Lucille’s honor to St. Anthony Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park, Hanna Boys Center or the Sisters of the Presentation.