She was born in San Francisco and grew up in the city until 1963. She and her husband met at Balboa High School in 1939. The high school sweethearts wed in 1946, after John returned from World War II, and were married for 66 years.
In 1963, she and her husband moved their family to Palo Alto to embark on a new life in the south Bay Area. She was excited to move to Palo Alto because it was so beautiful and quiet compared to the city.
Her family recalls her spirit of hospitality, welcoming everyone to her home. She always had a hot, homemade meal prepared for family and friends. She took the Piazza family recipes and added her own personal touch. Spending time with her three sons, their wives, grandchildren and great grandchildren was her true joy. She especially loved making Italian cookies during the holidays with her grandchildren.
She did not have siblings, so she always considered her husband's brothers and sisters and their spouses as her own. She was proud to be a member of the Piazza family for almost 80 years.
She took pride in dressing impeccably "to the nines" every day, her family recalls. She was the ultimate perfectionist with a warm, gracious and kindhearted nature.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, William and Berniece Andrus; in-laws, Anthony and Francis Piazza, Nicholas and Teresa Piazza, Rose and Dan Danna, Santina and James Polando and Josephine and Rocco Lombardi.
She is survived by her sons, John Piazza III (Diana), Gary Piazza (Virginia) and Rick Piazza (Melisa); nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Her family remembers her as an exceptional wife, mother, nana, great-nana and friend.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. Memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford or the American Heart Association.
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