Adriana Stanchi Robba was born March 2nd, 1925 to Rosa Zeppa and Domenico Stanchi on a farm in Quargnento, Provincia di Alessandria Italy. She died on July 4, 2014.
She was the last of four children, and was preceded in death by her two brothers Giuseppe and Evasio Stanchi, in Italy and her sister Marina B. Picollo of Sunnyvale.
Beloved wife of Angelo Robba for 63 years She was the devoted mother of Rosemary Bridwell, and son Henry Robba, beloved Nonna to David and Michael Bridwell. Survived by nieces and nephews in Italy, Bay Area and Truckee.
Adriana grew up in Italy and went to school until the 5th grade. During the War she was home taking care of the family. Her sister Marina moved to California in 1930. In 1950 she asked for Adriana to visit on a three month visa, during that time she met Angelo Robba of San Martin, they married on July 15, 1951. They lived with Angelo’s parents while Angelo’s Father (Enrico) built their house. Angelo and Adriana were prune, and walnut farmers, later they grew row crops. Adriana had specialty crops of her own, one of them was raising bird seed. With that income Adriana took her family to Italy in 1962. That was the first time she had been back since her visa in 1951.
Adriana was a member of the St. Mary’s Parish, Italian American Club, Italian Catholic Federation, Italian Mothers Club, Women In Touch, and the Flower Lovers. She volunteered with the CCD program, and enjoyed running into past students. She was a creative cook, and a talented seamstress. She loved to crochet, knit, did filet work, and creative embroidery, tablecloths and pillows.
Adriana enjoyed traveling with her husband Angelo. She loved cooking special home-cooked meals for her family, friends and having relatives over for Holiday dinners. Canning and drying fruit was an important project to do during the summer time. She loved trying new things like making wine. She adored her grand kids, teaching them to make raviolis and she always had breadsticks and biscotti ready to give away. She also loved giving produce away to friends and family.
She was a very loving and generous wife, mother and grandmother. Her energy, work ethic, and friendliness, set a positive example for her family and others.
We will all miss her terribly, but we will be so much richer for having had her as a wife, mother, and grandmother.
Visitation and Funeral Mass will be Friday, July 11, 2014, visitation from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with Mass beginning at 11:00 A.M. Entombment will follow mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.