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Chelestina Morino
January 4, 1927-December 11, 2012

Chelestina Morino, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in Modesto, CA.

She was born on January 4, 1927 in the Imperial Valley of California. Her family moved to Escalon in 1941. Chelestina attended school in Escalon and graduated from Escalon High School in 1946. She married Jake Morino in 1953, settled in Ripon and started farming almonds and grapes. Chelestina was a charter member of the Young Ladies Institute of St. Patrick’s Church (YLI). She was also a member of the Ripon Arts League, Escalon Accordion Club, the Dante Club of Modesto, and the Stanislaus County Swiss Club. Even after the death of her husband Jake in 1968, Chelestina continued to farm their land with the help of their children, and her brothers. She also worked at several fruit stands, and at Madsen’s Sunrise Dairy for several years, before retiring. Chelestina is preceded in death by her husband Jake, brothers Celivo (Cy) and Bruno, and her parents Ezio and Palma Farinelli.

Chelestina is survived by her children Kathleen Davis (Steve) of Ripon, Danny Morino (Celeste) of Escalon, and Paul Morino (Carri) of Escalon; four brothers Tino Farinelli of Escalon, Albert Farinelli of Oakdale, Bobby Farinelli of Holdenville, Oklahoma, and Gino Farinelli of Escalon; eight grandchildren Matt Davis, Jill Davis, Michael Davis, Brittney Morino, Jake Morino, Luke Morino, Colten Morino and Cooper Morino.

The viewing will be at Deegan’s Memorial Chapel, 111 Palm Ave., Ripon, from 2pm-5pm on Sunday, December 16th. The rosary and mass will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 19399 E. Hwy 120, Ripon, on December 17th, at 10:30am. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery.

For condolences to the family, please visit our website at In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Ripon FFA, at 301 N. Acacia, Ripon, CA 95366

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Friday, December 14, 2012