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Elena Venezia Klein, Nee Cipolla

Loving wife of the late Sherburne, daughter to Pietro and Caroline, mother of John, Anne, William, Joseph, Caroline and George, grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of 17. Died peacefully on Sunday September 26, 2004 in the presence of her family. Born in berkeley, Ca in 1913, she married Sherb at twenty three, became a mother, housewife, teacher, poet and lover of fine literature and languages. A devout Catholic, she played the organ for her church, Our Lady of the Wayside in Portola Valley, into her 80s. As an avid linguist all her life, shen engaged in her French conversation and poetry classes until her death. Naturally reserved and yet a prolific poet, she self-published annually her "chap-books", revealing herself stanza by stanza. A master of irony and understatements, she said to those standing at her sickbed, "Thank you, all for arranging this. Please help yourselves to anything in the fridge and make sure at the party they you have brie." The last of Pietro's and Caroline's children that included Roma, Remo, Buell, Vic and Mick, Elena leaves three generations a legacy of curiosity, creativity and strength. She will be missed by her family and many, many friends.


Posted: 1/1/2005

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