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Theresa ‘Tess’ M. Vatuone

Homemaker and family matriarch

Theresa Vatuone died Sunday, March 3, 2013. She was 90.

Mrs. Vatuone was born Dec. 29, 1922, in San Jose as the youngest of four children to Philip and Mary Cancilla. She was raised in San Jose, graduated from San Jose High School and in 1946, married her life-long love, Albert Vatuone. After retirement in 1984, they moved to Arnold, where they lived for the next 15 years. After 10 years in Tucson, Ariz., Mrs. Vatuone moved back to Angels Camp to be close to family.

Mrs. Vatuone spent most of her time as a homemaker and mom and grandmother. She also worked part time in retail and clerical occupations. She loved to play golf in her younger years and later was an avid bridge player.

Mrs. Vatuone is survived by her son, Timothy (Carolyn) Vatuone of Albuquerque, N.M.; her daughter, Suzan (Matt) Cullen of Murphys; three grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; two sisters, Ellie Miller and Carmen (Ray) Bernal; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Vatuone was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Albert Vatuone, in 2005, and her eldest sister, Jay Wright.

There will be a service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 620 Sheep Ranch Road in Murphys, with a celebration of life reception in the church hall immediately following. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras.

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