Wednesday, February 09, 2011



Emma Ferrari Musitelli [Auntie Emma] passed away peacefully of natural causes at her Westside Santa Cruz home, surrounded by her loving family on February 5th, 2011. She was 91, and a resident of Santa Cruz County for 90 years.

She was born to Battista John Ferrari and Antonietta Mattei Ferrari on February 24, 1919, in the Butchertown District of San Francisco [now known as the Bayview/Hunters Point District].

At 1 ½ years of age, along with her mother and sister Effie, she traveled in a Model T Ford to her new family home in Davenport, over the treacherous Devil's Slide roadway, driven by a neighbor, Mr. Collins, who prayed the rosary the entire way. That must have somehow influenced her, as she prayed the rosary daily until her passing.

After attending local schools, she graduated from Smith's School of Business.

She played the guitar and often accompanied her father as he sang songs from his native Piedmont in northern Italy.

She met her future husband, Robert "Bob" Musitelli, who preceded her in death in 2000, as classmates at the one room Agua Puerca schoolhouse at Davenport Landing, north of Santa Cruz. They were married in Salinas, CA on November 18, 1958.

She was known for her generosity, wonderful upbeat personality, and hospitality. During WWII, Emma and her parents hosted many card games at the ranch house, sharing food and coffee, with members of the 54th Coast Artillery Regiment, of which a subordinate unit was co-located on the Ferrari family cattle ranch north of Davenport, establishing lifelong friendships.

Although Emma and Bob did not have any children of their own, they were blessed with seven loving nieces and nephews, of which six survive her, as follows: Emma Garbini Bertoli, Norma Garbini Quilici [Paul], Dolores Del Chiaro Locatelli, Donald Innocenti [Claudia], Marvin Del Chiaro [Elaine], and Robert Innocenti, numerous cousins, and 14 great, 25 great-great, and 2 great-great-great nephews and nieces.

Besides her husband Bob, she was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Giovanna Garbini Dorsa, Marie Innocenti, Florence Laurendine, and Effie Del Chiaro, and her niece Elizabeth "Betty" Innocenti Le Baron.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. David Beck, for his loving care, all of his staff, and Hospice of Santa Cruz.

The funeral procession will leave Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St, Santa Cruz, CA on Friday February 11, 2011 at 9:30 am for Holy Cross Catholic Church, 126 High St, Santa Cruz, CA where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am. The vigil prayer service will be held at Pacific Gardens Chapel on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. Friends are invited to call at Pacific Gardens Chapel on Thursday from 1:00 pm until service time. Please visit to express your condolences to the family and sign the online guest book.

Remembrances may be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz, 940 Disc Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, or your favorite charity.




Anonymous said...

Thank you Ivan for including me in "La Nostra Costa Blog". I have been enjoying it immensely and thank you for including my Aunt Emma's obituary. Thanks again Ivan.
Norma Q

IVANO said...

You're welcome, Norma. And it was indeed a pleasure meeting you and your husband at Emma's "Celebration of Life" services at Holy Cross Church (Santa Cruz). As stated in her Remembrance, Emma, lived a long and very admirable life. This was illustrated at the service by all the family and friends who attended the sevices. Sempre Avanti. ivno

Marv Del Chiaro said... was great seeing you at Auntie Emma's services, and thank you for taking the time to sit and talk for a while; the whole family really appreciated your support and will always remember your being there for us during our time of reflection and mourning. We've shared some significant memories in our 67+ year friendship. I can't believe it's been almost 45 years since you were Best Man at our wedding. Lunch soon!!!
Da Kernel