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Marie E. Ignacio

July 13, 1932 ~ August 26, 2019 (age 87)
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Marie E. Ignacio passed away at age 87 in her San Jose home Aug 26, 2019. Our family prayers are with her as she gloriously joins her beloved husband, Anthony (Tony), whom she married in 1953 and who proceeded her in death in 1974. Through her quiet strength and Catholic faith, Marie persevered in learning to drive and returned to the workplace to independently support her family. Later with her grown sons now married, Marie was then diagnosed with breast cancer. Rarely complaining she went through treatment and excelled in moving forward noting a primary consideration to see her then first grandchild grow to adulthood.

Born July 13, 1932, Marie is survived by her three sons; Morris, his spouse Nanci Brewer and their daughter Heidi, son Marty and his children Anthony and Allison, and son Daniel, his spouse Sandy and sons Matthew and Joey. Marie is also survived by her very loving Freitas / Woessner extended family including Geraldine (Freitas) and Tom Woessner, their son Joseph (spouse Beth), Jonathan (spouse Gretchen), and Martin, her godson with Morris. Over the years, Marie enjoyed many family gatherings and events with all six Woessner grandchildren; Tyler, Beverly, Trent, and Brooke (Joe and Beth) along with Dylan and Zack (Jon and Gretchen). In addition, Marie is survived by two other Visalia Freitas sisters, Marybelle Botkin and Rose Newsome along with their families. Marie is also survived by her sister Rose Carpenello of Pittsburg (CA), her son Gerald and daughter Susan.

Born in Sacramento Marie spent her very young years in Rio Vista and then was moved at age three to Visalia. Growing up in an agricultural community Marie lived “farm to table” life long before it became a toney trend. Some might be surprised to know that when Marie first attended school she was so excited to have other friends her age she had to occasionally be refrained from talking in class (yes, that Marie). Early on Marie loved to read and subsequently earned an AA degree from College of the Sequoias. Marie then relocated to San Jose for work (with just the right touch of cooling San Francisco fog) joining her girlfriend, Josephine, living near San Jose State. As a working girl, Marie then soon met her future husband Tony and eventually started her family.

Marie returned to the workplace in 1976 as a clerk for the Santa Clara County library system matching her love of reading with advantages of book previews and unlimited loaner privileges. With three boys, Marie became a de facto San Francisco Giants fan and one Mother’s Day Sunday attended a game at Candlestick Park where the temperature was 95o (so much for the cooling fog).

Retiring twenty years later Marie enjoyed visits with her many friends often playing Scrabble in her longtime home, enjoying her garden and love of birds, along with her daily walks greeting neighbors and making a few doggy friends along the way (treats in your pocket will do that). Marie rarely missed Jeopardy with Alex Trebek and many would delay calling her during the seven o’clock hour as a result. 

Marie absolutely enjoyed a good cup of coffee beginning when she was six and continuing through her life as her friends and family know. In her later years, a near daily ritual was afternoon coffee with a cookie or sweet treat of course. She also enjoyed a good glass of Zinfandel and a Sherry from time to time. In addition to Marie’s close friends and family, we are thankful for the kindness and support of her caregiver, Maira, over the past year that provided Marie the opportunity to continue to live independently in her home. Marie was greatly loved by her family and will be missed by all.

Mass in honor of her life and faith will be held at St. John Vianney Church, 4600 Hyland Ave, San Jose, Friday, Sep. 27th at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to the San Jose Friends of the Library or charity of their choice.


 Service Information

Memorial Mass
September 27, 2019

1:30 PM
St. John Vianney
4600 Hyland Avenue
San Jose, CA 95127

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