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Dorothy Indelicato, member of winery family & tireless volunteer passes on

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POSTED May 8, 2017 12:56 a.m.

Dorothy Indelicato, who paired her family’s successful wine business with community service, passed away Friday at age 84.

Indelicato served on the family board of Delicato Family Vineyards that traces its roots back to 1924 when her future father-in-law Gaspare Indelicato — an immigrant from Sicily — planted his vineyard where the family winery stands today at French Camp Road and Highway 99. She served as the winery’s community affairs liaison and was the former board treasurer.

Her husband Vince is chairman of the DFV board.

Indelicato served the community in various roles on boards as well as in behind-the-scene efforts to help organizations such as the Manteca Historical Society to flourish. She worked with numerous non-profits to raise money by hosting events at the winery. Those endeavors run the gamut from the Stockton Symphony and school boosters clubs to the annual Grape Stomp the winery once held with the express purpose of helping non-profits raise money.

Indelicato served for more than 40 years with the Manteca Soroptimists service club.

Her service over the years also included serving on boards for the St. Joseph’s Regional Health Systems Development Council, Stockton Symphony Association, Symphony Comes to Manteca Committee, South County Crime Stoppers, San Joaquin County Business Council, St. Joseph’s Hospital governing board, Delta College Foundation, St. Dominic’s Hospital Council, St. Dominic’s Hospital Development Council, Manteca Chamber of Commerce, Manteca Mayors Committee on the Arts, and Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau among others.

“My mother taught me that helping others will benefit the community and it benefits you and your family as well,” Indelicato is quoted as saying on the DFV website.

Those who served with her on various community endeavors noted she always pulled her weight, was always friendly and put others at ease, never put on airs, and was always positive.

Indelicato served as the official family historian and took great pride in documenting family history, including photos and recipes. She co-authored “Wine, Food and the Good Life,” a cookbook of traditional recipes extolling the virtues of family and food that marked the winery’s 50th anniversary in 1985.

Indelicato attended Manteca schools and graduated from Stockton College. She resided her entire life within four miles of the Manteca winery.

The Indelicatos have two children — Marie Matthews who manages the tasting rooms in Manteca as well as the Black Stallion Winery in Napa and Robert Indelicato who also works in the wine industry.


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