Sandi Forese passed away, surrounded by her family, in the comfort of her daughter and son-in-law’s Oakland home on January 21, 2019. She was a cherished mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Sandi was born in Oakland, the first child of Federico and Anna Markitello. Her parents immigrated from Bari, Italy in 1920. Sandi grew up in Oakland and proudly graduated from Oakland Technical High School. She married Michael Forese on December 25, 1941, which followed a three-year separation when Michael was drafted in the US Army and served in Europe. During this time Sandi work at the Army Quartermaster. Michael preceded her in death in 2015, they were married 73 years.
Sandi is survived by her two daughters: Michelle Dotson of Reno, and Anita Waldron (Norbert) of Oakland, grandchildren Elizabeth Phelps (Eric) of Ambler, PA and Vincent Waldron (Tobi) of Reno, and great-granddaughter Alexis Phelps.
Sandi was a homemaker and spent many years volunteering for various organizations: March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, and President of Maxwell Park PTA, where she was awarded in 1962 a Lifetime Membership for her dedicated service. In 1971, Sandi and Michael moved to San Leandro where for the next thirty-five years she served as an Axillary Volunteer for Humana/San Leandro Hospital, and the San Leandro Surgery Center. Sandi was a member of the Assumption Woman’s Club, belonged to numerous bridge clubs, and the Tony Lema Woman’s Golf Group. She served on the Bay-O- Vista HOA Board, in 2003 she was appointed to the San Leandro Senior Commission and supported the construction of the San Leandro Senior Center. For many years she and Michael held Oakland A’s season tickets, and hosted many social events. She loved being surrounded by family and friends.
Sandi’s generous heart, her care and support for others will greatly be missed-yet never forgotten.
Her family is grateful to Sandi’s dedicated caregivers of the past four years, and most recently the guidance and care from Vitas Healthcare.
Services will be held on Saturday, January 26th, 10:00AM at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. San Leandro, 94577, 483-0123. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Sandi’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research-www.michaeljfox.org.or the charity of your choice.
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