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Community - August 17, 2011

Obituaries

Obituaries are based on information provided by families and mortuaries.

Raimonda Romanelli Bartolini-Pigli (Bonda)

Raimonda Romanelli Bartolini-Pigli (Bonda) died Aug. 3 at her home in Menlo Park at the age of 99.

A memorial service will be held at her parish, The Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

Born May 5, 1912, in Florence, Italy, she was a descendent of the Romanelli family of sculptors, the family said.

She was educated by tutors in her home in Florence, but spent summers in Forte dei Marmi at the beach and winters in the mountains of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

In 1980, she moved to Menlo Park from Florence to live with her daughter and help raise her three granddaughters. She had many great friends, and loved the United States, becoming a citizen in 1993, the family said.

Her interests included her pets, music, driving, politics, and watching most sports, with soccer, tennis, golf and cycling as her favorites. While she enjoyed painting as a teenager, she finally returned to the hobby in her last 10 years.

She attended Italy's first World Cup final in 1934 and also attended the opening ceremonies of the first World Cup at Stanford in 1994.

"Bonda was devoted, loving, strong, elegant, generous, charming, and, above all, a great conversationalist," the family said. She lived through World War I, The Great Depression, World War II, and the 1966 Flood of the River Arno in Florence.

Survivors include her daughter, Daniela Turner of Menlo Park, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice of San Mateo County.

Barbara Ann Finnegan

Barbara Ann Finnegan, a native of Brooklyn and a resident of Menlo Park since the early 1950s, died July 30 at Stanford University Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was 79.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park.

She was predeceased by her husband William J. Finnegan, daughter Kathleen, and sons Michael and Thomas.

Survivors include her sister Marie Bugna of San Jose, daughter Susan Finnegan of San Francisco, son William Finnegan of Menlo Park, a grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

The family prefers memorial donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank (shfb.org) or the Peninsula Humane Society (peninsulahumanesociety.org).

John Michael Wagstaffe

John Michael Wagstaffe, who was raised in Menlo Park, died Aug. 2 at his hometown of Apple Valley, California, after a long battle with diabetes. He was 61.

After graduation from Woodside Priory High School in 1968 and Santa Clara University in 1972, he had a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, serving in Panama, Germany, Fort Ord and the Presidio, and retiring as a major. He then served as the civilian public affairs officer for the Army at Fort Irwin.

Survivors include Victoria, his wife of 36 years; son Trevor; siblings Steve, Jim, Ray and Gerry; an uncle; an aunt; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

His passions included spending time with family, photography, youth sports, and soccer. "He was unwaveringly optimistic and never missed a family gathering, highlighted by the joy of attending his son's marriage in May 2011," the family said.

A memorial service was held at St. Joseph Church in Barstow, California.

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