Services will be held today, Wednesday, Aug. 8, for Renee Serventi, a teacher at Walter Hays Elementary School who died Saturday, Aug. 4.
Serventi, 38, died from complications of Type 1 diabetes, which she had lived with since the age of 4, her husband, Tony Serventi, said.
Walter Hays Principal Mary Bussmann called Serventi "an incredibly devoted teacher who was passionate about teaching and preparing her students academically but also building skills to become contributing members of society.
"The Walter Hays community is feeling a great loss at this time," Bussmann said.
"We send our prayers and thoughts to her wonderful family."
Renee and Tony Serventi moved to Sunnyvale from Grosse Pointe, Mich., last year, and Renee Serventi began teaching fourth and fifth grade at Walter Hays at the start of the 2011-12 school year.
Born July 5, 1974, in Grosse Pointe, Renee Bommarito Serventi was the first of four children of Mary Margaret Felling and Vito Bommarito.
At age 4 she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, a disease she wrestled with throughout her life. As a child she attended ADA Camp Midicha, a camp for children with diabetes.
She attended Grosse Pointe public schools, graduating from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1992. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in autism spectrum disorders from Wayne State University.
She loved children, her husband said. While completing her education, she worked for many years as a nanny.
She taught in the Grosse Pointe public schools until moving to the Bay Area last year.
As a child, Serventi enjoyed spending time on her ancestral family farm in Padua, Minn. She celebrated her 38th birthday in July with her husband, mother and dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins.
She enjoyed pottery, shopping, arts, cooking, reading and entertaining.
In addition to her husband and parents, Serventi is survived by her siblings Helen, Frank and Edward; nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish, 10110 North De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, with a reception to follow at the adjoining community center.
Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Midicha, ADA Southfield, 300 Galleria Office Center, Suite 111, Southfield, MI 48034 (www.diabetes.org/donate); or to Adrian Dominican Sisters, Adrian, MI 49221. (www.adriandominicans.org/donate)