Olga Eisenga was born on December 1, 1925 to Vincenzo and Adelia Cerrato in San Jose, Ca. She passed away in her home on March 17, 2015.
When Olga was 6 years old, her parents moved the family (her older sister Catrina and younger sister Eleanor) to property that they purchased on Murphy Rd. Shortly thereafter, Olga met “the Dutch neighbor boy”, Lewis Eisenga. According to him, it was love at first sight! After he joined the Marines and went off to war, Olga became a real life “Rosie the Riveter” and worked in San Leandro. After he returned from war with 2 Purple Hearts, they drove to Lake Tahoe where they were married on August 8, 1949.
They eventually built their home on what had previously been his parents’ property and worked side by side farming their almonds, hauling alfalfa, and raising cattle. In her spare time, Olga enjoyed baking her great flavorful apricot pies and biscotti, knitting wool socks for Louie, crocheting, and working on her many beautiful needlepoints. She kept a spotless and comfortable home and often invited anyone who stopped by to join her and Louie for a homemade meal.
In recent years, as Olga’s health declined, she still continued to speak her mind and was not shy about providing friends and family members with her opinion, even if not requested! Olga’s three care-takers, Marina Ybarra, Anna Muratalla, and Stephanie Santos, all had to aspire to Olga’s high standards of a clean home and good cooking.
Olga’s family would like to take this time to thank Marina, Anna and Stephanie for their 24/7 care of Olga and Louie. Olga would not have been able to have continued to reside in her home per her wishes without having 3 such dependable, professional, and dedicated care takers.
Also, Olga’s family would like to thank “Cousin D”, David Phippen and his wife Debbie, for their personal time, support and valued friendship extended to Olga and Louie, during these past years.
A final thank you needs to be extended to FOCUS Hospice, Stockton, for their exceptional services, professional staff and support for Olga and her family during these last few months.
Olga was preceded in death by her parents, Vincenzo and Adelia Cerrato, her sister and brother-in law, Catrina and Manuel Plancarte and brother-in-law, Pete Mejia.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Louie, her youngest sister, Eleanor Mejia, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, family and friends.
Viewing will be from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Monday, March 23, 2015 at Deegan Funeral Chapel, 111 S. Palm, Ripon, CA with services following at 1:30 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to Ripon American Legion P.O. Box 522, Ripon, CA 95366-0522.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, March 21, 2015