Saturday, July 12, 2008




Alfred Louis Del Chiaro

Services will be Sunday for Alfred Louis Del Chiaro who passed away July 8, 2008 at home in Santa Cruz surrounded by his loving family. He was 79 years old.
He was born in Santa Cruz on December 23, 1928, the son of Giuseppe and Pia Lombardi Del Chiaro. He grew up in Santa Cruz where he attended local schools and was a graduate of Santa Cruz High School, Class of 1946. Following high school he attended Hartnell College for two years and then went to work for the Bank of America for a short time. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his return from the service he worked with his father in farming at the Gordola Ranch. He later worked as a foreman for John Ingles Frozen Foods and Pfyffer Bontadelli Associates.
Freddie was a member of the Marconi Club, Italian Catholic Federation, Sons of Italy and the Santa Cruz Elks Club. He enjoyed traveling with his son David and his best friend, Tony Franceschini. He loved farming, gardening and also enjoyed woodworking. He made many beautiful bird houses and shrines.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Del Chiaro of Santa Cruz; son, David Del Chiaro of Santa Cruz; mother, Pia Del Chiaro of Santa Cruz; sister and brother in law, Diana and Danny Petrolino of Santa Cruz; sister in law and brother in law, Eva and Albert Quilici of Santa Cruz; aunt, Lena Passarino of Santa Cruz; nephews, Gary Quilici and Randy Quilici and his wife, Roxann; nieces, Elaine Padilla and her husband Frank and Patricia McNeal all of Santa Cruz and Cori Gabbert and her husband Mike of Granite Bay, CA. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family in Santa Cruz and in Italy.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 126 High St, Santa Cruz, CA Sunday July 13, 2008 at 7:00 pm. A visitation will be held at the church Sunday evening from 6 pm to service time. A private entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Tracy Maclay, Dr. James Glancey, Dr. Patrick Shields, Hospice of Santa Cruz, Dr. Thomas Larson and Fr. Mike Cross.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Dr. Scotts Valley, Ca or your favorite charity.Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel from 7/10/2008 - 7/11/2008


- NEVA -

Services will be Tuesday for Neva Oneto who was taken by the Lord to eternal happiness. She passed away July 6, 2008 after a long and courageous battle with cancer with her loving family by her side. She was 77 years old.
Neva was born November 17, 1930 in Santa Cruz. She was the daughter of Rinaldo and Maria Rinaldi. As a child her family and extended family worked in agriculture and as a result Neva grew up living on the coast road. She was a graduate of Santa Cruz High School.
In her younger years she worked in banking and later worked for Santa Cruz City Schools in food service for over 20 years. She was a life long member of Holy Cross Church. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother and was always there to help members of her family and friends. She enjoyed family activities, gardening, crossword puzzles, music, movies, socializing and travel. She was an avid lifelong San Francisco 49'er and Giants fan.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Joseph Oneto and her parents, Rinaldo and Maria Rinaldi.
She is survived by her sons, Steve Oneto and Dan Oneto of Santa Cruz; brother, Reno Rinaldi of Salinas; granddaughters, Jenny Oneto and Erin Oneto and her great grandson, Philip all of Santa Cruz. Neva will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church, 126 High St, Santa
Cruz, CA Tuesday July 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm. Arrangements are under the direction of Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St, Santa Cruz, CA. A private entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz, 940 Disc Dr., Scotts Valley or Heartland Hospice, 2511 Garden Rd., Monterey, Ca.Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel from 7/10/2008 - 7/12/2008



Canadian Furlan said...

Hey Ivano. This posting regarding the obituary of Freddie Del Chiaro. Is Freddie a Furlan? Sounds like he was quite the person. My condolences to the family.

Take care and have a good weekend...



Ivano Franco Comelli said...

Hei Canadian Furlan: No Freddie was not a 'Fulan' but he and his family were certainly friends of the 'Furlans. I believe Freddie's family were Toscanos.

Last night I attended the services for Freddie at the Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz. There with many of the 'ranceri' and 'amici della costa' we bid farwell to another 'figlio della costa'.

Freddie's wife Betty (Dell'Orfanello) is also a 'figlia della costa'. We hope for the best for Betty and her family during these difficult times.

BTW: Thanks to the Italian name list composed by Gino and LaNorma
Freddie and Betty's families and also Neva (Rinaldi) Onetto's family are included therein. ivno

Anonymous said...

Ivano: It is so good to have your
blogga - for the happy and good and
memorable memories we can all share
but also for the honoring of the
"figli della costa" as they pass on
to the other side. Wish all the "old timers" could be on the internet - they would enjoy it so much. Thanks again for the writing of the book and the blogga - look at what it has created!! Also it doesn't even matter where the old ranchers and Italians came from in Italy - they had such a bond on the Coast - proud of their roots but most referred to themselves as just being "Italiani".
Adio to two figli di Italiani su per la costa.
Ciao per ora - LaNorma

doriano said...

Thanks Ivano !!
I greatly appreciate your feedback. And most importantly all the work you are doing for I figli della costa will not go un-noticed. I cannot say enough about all the work you have generated, throughout the years with your book La Nostra Costa and the spin off it created. Doriano

Ivano Franco Comelli said...

Thanks LaNorma and Doriano: It is because of you and others who have contributed to the "Blagga" that has made it such a success. Yes, Norma, I wished all those 'Old timers' would do the internet. Not only are they missing all those articles on the 'Blagga' but also all the other valuable information that is available to them. I greatly admire the ones, like my Aunt Lina, who have learned to use it.

BTW: The 'Blagga' will be two years old at the end of this month.
Can you believe it. Thanks again
'cari amici'. Ivno