Delfina Pedota was born of Portuguese decent on August 2, 1936 in Hanford, Ca to parents Joseph and Delfina Oliveira. She passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on May 27, 2018 in Modesto, Ca.
She lived her youth as a dairyman's daughter in Manteca, Ca, where in 1955 she met Vito. Vito and Delfina married in 1956 and began their 41 years of life together in Modesto. Their years were spent working hard and raising 3 children. For 14 years, she helped Vito run a family owned restaurant, was a floor supervisor for Tri Valley Growers for 22 years, and for nearly 30 years they farmed peaches together. For countless years, she stood by her husband in continuing his Italian religious traditions as members of the Our Lady of Constantonopoli Club.
Delfina had many things that she loved to do throughout her life. She especially loved baking big birthday cakes for all of her grandchildren as they grew up and got great enjoyment in making thousands of holiday cookies. She lived for entertaining big gatherings of friends and family and making beautiful flower arrangements. But Delfina's favorite thing to do was win at Black Oak Casino.
Delfina lived her life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a hardworking, strong woman who was known for her outspoken nature and spitfire attitude. She will be truly missed by her friends and family forever.
Delfina is survived by her 3 children; Mary Myers and husband Jim of Modesto, Jack Pedota of Modesto, and Lisa Meneses and husband Jan of Manteca. Also her 8 grandchildren; Jimmy Myers and Kelsey Myers of Modesto, Alexxandria Meneses of Painted Post, NY, Anthony Meneses of Oakdale, Brittney Boone of Modesto, Jessica Ford of Washington, Jacqueline Pedota of San Francisco , and Jack Pedota Jr of Modesto. She is also survived by 3 great grandchildren and her sister Delores Sikma of Ripon.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 3rd starting at 5pm with a rosary to follow at 7pm at Franklin & Downs McHenry Chapel. Mass will be held on Monday, June 4th at 9:30am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Modesto. Committal will follow the Mass at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery. Donations may be made in Delfina's honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , as it was her favorite charity.