In memory of
Joan Gerbo
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In memory of
Joan Gerbo
Joan Gerbo January 18, 1921 - January 3, 2017 Joan Gerbo passed away on Tuesday January 3, 2017 just two weeks shy of her 96th birthday.  She is preceded in death by her husband Elmo and her daughter Barbara.  She is survived by her two sons John Gerbo (Ruby) and Robert Gerbo, grandchildren, Nikos Sawyer (Chelsie), Ian Gerbo (Sally) and Sean Gerbo (Spencer) and three great-grandchildren, Zane, Liam and Maren Gerbo. Joan was born in Cosmos, Minnesota on January 18, 1921. The family relocated to Silver Lake, Minnesota where she spent her childhood. She moved to San Francisco, California at 18 years of age. She soon got a job with Pacific Telephone Company as an Overseas Operator.  On the job during World War II, one of the things she enjoyed most about her job was connecting GI's with their loved ones here at home. Joan met Elmo Gerbo on a blind date and soon married on May 7, 1950 in San Francisco. After the wedding they moved to Modesto, California where they owned and operated Garetto's Delicatessen, a downtown landmark known for their homemade ravioli, noodles, sauce and all things Italian. After retiring she and Elmo went on a month long trip to Italy with family, along with cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska.  But our annual vacation to Aptos with family and her close friend Dorothy Lowry and her family remained her favorite.  This vacation tradition started in the sixty's and continues with our families to this day.  Joan and Elmo were among the first parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.  Besides being an active parishioner, she was one of the first members of the Catholic Daughters, worked on organizing the Fall Festivals, and was troop leader for the Cub Scouts of OLF School. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting and crocheting.  Many children of family friends have personalized Christmas stockings from her needles. She'll be missed by her family, friends and all who knew her. A Visitation is scheduled for 6:00PM-8:00PM with a Rosary beginning at 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 11, at Franklin and Downs Funeral Home 1050 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA; a Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00am, Thursday, January 12 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church 505 W Granger Ave, Modesto, CA 95350. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Community Hospice.
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