Lillian Pauletto (Goff Daggett), a long-time resident of Newman and most recently Manteca passed peacefully on September 20, 2022. She was born September 12, 1944, in Phoenix, Arizona. Lillian was able to enjoy her 78th and final birthday surrounded by her beloved family and dear friends.
Lillian is survived by her loving children, Citrea (Jay) Indelicato of Ripon, Randal (Michelle) Pauletto of Boulder, Colorado, Rodric (Jenica) Pauletto of Omaha, Nebraska, eight grandchildren Danton and Camdan Indelicato, Allyson, Benjamin, and William Pauletto and KayLynn, Gabriel and Bristol Pauletto. She is also survived by her sisters, Gayle Skrocki, Yvonne (Tony) Belcastro, step-sister Stephanie Gonzales, her Aunt Myrtle (Skeets) Christensen, and uncle Thomas Goff as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was most proud of her children and their families. She beamed with joy and was always thankful that she raised kind, successful children.
Lillian is preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Roger. She is also preceded in death by her father, Henry Boyce Goff, who passed when Lillian was just two weeks old, her mother, Evelyn (Goff) Daggett and her stepfather, Gabriel Daggett, who raised her as his own.
Lillian grew up in Weed, California. She graduated from Weed High School and the College of the Siskiyous, both as class valedictorian. She then attended UC Davis. She married Roger who soon took a teaching and coaching job at Orestimba High School, thus the Paulettos began their life in Newman.
Lillian was smart as a whip and people knew it. Everywhere she worked, she was respected and loved for her quick typing skills, attention to detail, personality and work ethic. She was the ideal employee and you had to keep up or she would run circles around you. A devout Catholic, Lillian dedicated her life to serving the Lord and people. She was an avid traveler, volunteer, and people person. Lillian traveled widely including across the US, China, Italy, and New Zealand. She loved ziplining through the rainforest in Costa Rica and was finally able to see her beloved
koalas in Australia. Her volunteer work with Soroptimist, Red Hatters, Newman Fall Festival, Young Ladies Institute of the Catholic Church, Italian Catholic Federation and more led to her lifelong joy of meeting new people and visiting with old friends. Sports was an integral part of the Pauletto family. Lillian always put her husband and family first. She
never missed a football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, or hockey game nor a golf or gymnastics event. Her door was always open, and she never met a stranger. She loved big hugs, good food, celebrations, and time spent with people. She enjoyed crocheting, bowling, reading, jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She was known for being giving, thoughtful and for her overall love of life. If you knew Lillian, then you knew “God Willing and The Creek Don’t Rise!”.
The Pauletto family would like to thank the people of Newman for fifty-four amazing years of friendship, laughter, and life. The family would also like to thank the Del Webb Community for their friendship and kindness to Lillian over the last ten years. Finally, the family is so grateful to the staff and residents of The Commons at Union Ranch for their love, compassion, and incredible care in the last months of their mother’s life.
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 29th, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 505 E. North St, Manteca, CA. Donations in lieu of flowers, may be made in Lillian’s memory to The Orestimba Scholarship Community Association (TOSCA) P. O. Box 18, Newman, CA 95360 where a scholarship fund is set up in honor of her late husband Roger Pauletto or to a charity of your choice in Lillian’s honor.
Services conducted by Hillview Funeral Chapel, Newman
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Tuesday, September 27, 2022