Adelaide Marie Agostini, raised in Ripon and a Manteca resident for 65 years, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2022, after a long illness. She was 93 and left this earth 11 days before her 94th birthday.
Mrs. Agostini was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Maurice Agostini, who died in 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Delfina Gomes, brother George Gomes, sister Angie Franceschetti, brother-in-law Emanuel Franceschetti, brother-in-law Guido Agostini, sister-in-law Josephine Agostini, and son-in-law John Moser.
Mrs. Agostini is survived by her children, Ron Agostini (Laura), Maureen Agostini Moser and Jim Agostini (Leslie), sister-in-law Earlene Gomes, and brother-in-law Mac Agostini (Suzie); grandchildren Shelley Agostini, Christopher Moser (Melissa), Jennifer Fahey (Ryan), Allison Moser, Samantha Moser Miller (Andrew), Amanda Agostini Dunn (Alex), Chace Agostini (Ali) and Chad Agostini; and great grandchildren Taylor Fahey, Logan Fahey and James Garrett Agostini.
Mrs. Agostini lived a happy and full life. Her parents, both immigrants from the Azores island of Faial (her father was decorated with two Purple Hearts during World War I), raised their family in Ripon. Adelaide was raised in a home which still exists on the intersection of River and North Ripon roads.
Adelaide was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, the Young Ladies Institute (YLI), the Sociedade Portuguesa Rainha Santa Isabel (SPRSI) along with her mother, and the Manteca-Ripon Pentecostal Society (MRPS). As a child, she was a “Little Queen” but couldn’t travel to the various festas due to travel restrictions during World War II.
She wrote for the student newspaper at Ripon High and graduated in 1946. She met “Augie” as members of the St. Patrick’s Church choir and married in 1948. They began their family life on a dairy off Hammett Road near Highway 99 between Ripon and Salida and moved to a 20-acre ranch featuring grapes, walnuts and almonds north of Manteca in 1957.
Besides taking care of her children and occasionally joining in ranch chores, Mrs. Agostini stayed busy for many years at the old Central Valley Bank in Manteca, summer Head Start program, Franzia Winery and as a volunteer “pink lady” at the former St. Dominic’s Hospital in Manteca.
Her life was filled with trips alongside Augie and her family around the world. For about 30 years, Adelaide and Augie spent their January’s with many friends in Palm Springs.
She also became a good golfer and, with Augie, were founding members of Spring Creek Golf and Country Club in Ripon. She enjoyed her golf and traveled throughout Northern California playing in women’s club tournaments. She also enjoyed playing bridge with friends and was an avid gardner.
Another constant was a passion for athletics. She attended many University of the Pacific football games with her family and countless high school games. Her children graduated from East Union High, and she always followed the Lancers. Adelaide and Augie also were great fans of the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers, and they were 49er season-ticket holders during the team’s Super Bowl years.
P.L. Fry and Son is honored to serve the Agostini family. A mass will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s. Mrs. Agostini will be laid to rest at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery behind St. Patrick’s Church, followed by a celebration of her life at Spring Creek.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Vitas Hospice, 16956 S. Harlan Road ,Suite 2F, Lathrop, Ca. 95350. For direct condolences to the family, visit Adelaide’s online tribute page at www.plfryandson.com.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, September 3, 2022