Tuesday, December 09, 2008


http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ :

Services will be held on Tuesday for Nora Della Santina who passed away in Santa Cruz on December 4, 2008. Born in Santa Cruz, she would have celebrated her 101st birthday on December 23rd.
Born to Paul and Barbara Fistolera, her father was a dairyman on the north coast, and as a youngster, Nora was raised on the Yellow Bank Dairy and Swanton and later in Knights Landing near Sacramento. Following her marriage, many of her years were spent residing in Laguna and New Town.
She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who enjoyed the times shared with her family and her blessings of long life.
She is survived by her sons, Rico and Paul Della Santina of Santa Cruz, and was preceded in death by her husband, Domenico Della Santina, and her son, Louie Della Santina and her first grandchild, Rick. Nora also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Elaine, Fred, Mark, Gina, Brenda, Natalie, Nicole and great grandchildren, Katie, Garrett, Jennifer, and Clark.
One of six sisters, she was preceded in death by four siblings and is survived by her sister, Lena Shaw of Santa Cruz.
Services will be held on Tuesday, December 9, at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz, beginning at 1 o'clock p.m.
A private committal will be held at the Holy Cross Mausoleum in Santa Cruz. In lieu of flowers contributions to your favorite charity are preferred.

Nora Della Santina was a close and dear friend of my mother, Valentina.

On page 252 in “La Nostra Costa” (Our Coast), I included the following endnote which referred to one of Nora’s sisters, Zelda (Fistolera) Ceragioli:

“Lea (Grossi) Lambert, the daughter of Settimo and Inez (Fistolera) Grossi, has reminded me that there were six Fistolera sisters: Inez, Winnie (Giraudo), Nora (Della Santina), Zelda, Vivian (Rodoni) and Lena (Shaw). Her grandparents, Paul and Barbara Fistolera had a rancio in Swanton. Later Lea lived on a ranch with her father and mother, just north of Laguna.”

I also refer to Nora on page 111 in reference to the purchase of the Davenport Bakery (later the Miramar and now the Whale Street Bakery):

“…………….. the Caiocca’s sold their interest in the business to Dominico Della Santina and his wife Nora (Fistolera). Dominico, who was better known by the coastal Italians as “Lambari”, and Nora had two sons, Louis and Rico”.

Actually I was in error when I wrote that the Della Santina’s had only two sons. In fact they had three sons. Paul Della Santina was a late arrival “su per la costa”. Dominico and Nora later sold the Bakery to Mac and Evelyn Morelli of Davenport.

Addio Nora. Until we meet again across Il Ultimo Ponte .

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