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Dorothy Picanco
July 12, 1932-April 22, 2019
Dorothy Picanco, 86, passed away on April 22, 2019 in Manteca, California. Dorothy was born on July 12, 1932 in Medford, Oregon.
   She was preceded in death by her brother, Frank F. Silva, Jr. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 66 years, Melvin Picanco and her two children, Debbie Brown (Floyd) and Stephen Picanco, as well as five grandchildren, Jeremy Muse (Anne), Jason Muse (Stefanie), Christopher Picanco (Marie), T.J. Picanco (Meghan) and Amy Clark (Steven). Dorothy was blessed with 13 grandchildren, Conner Muse, Brodie Muse, Dexter Muse, Averie Steele, Aric Alvarez, Daphne Picanco, Elliot Picanco, Finley Picanco, Evlin Picanco, Owen Picanco, Joshua Clark, Autumn Clark and Jonathon Clark. She would have welcomed her first great-great grandchild in July.
    Dorothy and Mel lived an active and fulfilled life.  They lived in Sacramento for 55 years before moving to Manteca in 2008. Dorothy worked as a Personnel Clerk for the State of California in the Social Services Department for over 20 years. She began playing the piano at age 5 and with her years of experience, played as the organist for two Sacramento Parishes and taught piano lessons to children.  Described as “Mighty Mouse” Dorothy was small in stature, but big in heart. She was a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry and knitted hats for the homeless as well as newborn babies. Every member of her family had knitted Christmas Stockings she made with love for them.  She was President of the PTA when her own children were young and later became a Parent Advisor for their Church Choir. Dorothy was the Charter Member of the Sacramento Living History Program and the Blue Canyon Gang – Western Action Drama Group - which she and Mel loved participating in. She had season tickets to the symphony and loved musical theater productions. But her greatest love was her beloved Husband, Mel and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home is honored to serve the Picanco family. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 1-6 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 N. Union Road, Manteca. A vigil/rosary will begin at 6 p.m. on April 30, 2019 also at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home. A mass will be held on May 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 525 E. North Street, Manteca. A graveside service will be held on May 2, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, 6700 21st Avenue, Sacramento. An online guestbook is available for condolences at
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your favorite charity be made in Dorothy’s name.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Monday, April 29, 2019