Geraldine Delores (Andrade) Galletti
September 3, 1933-December 30, 2018
Geraldine, known to her friends as Jerry, passed away on Sunday, December 30th in Hanford. She was born on September 3, 1933 in Lemoore to Mary and Manuel Andrade. Jerry was raised in Lemoore where she attended elementary school, and graduated from Lemoore High School.
She met Richard Galletti of Hanford on a blind date set up by mutual friends in June of 1955. They were married on June 26, 1957 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Lemoore. They then resided in Hanford until her passing.
Jerry worked as a bookkeeper at Caminol in Hanford, later becoming a stay at home mom. When her oldest daughter went off to college, Jerry returned to work at Caminol, which by then was known as Beacon Oil. She worked there for 18 years. It had become Valero by the time she retired in 1997.
Jerry and Richard enjoyed traveling in retirement. They enjoyed going to the coast where one of their favorite locations was Pismo Beach. They also traveled to the Sand and Surf and Pismo Shores RV parks in Oceano to spend time with Richard's brother and sister-in-law. She loved to go to Monterey and have crab on the wharf. They traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to visit her brother and sister-in-law and take in a Jaguars football game. They enjoyed time in St. Louis, Missouri where Richard's Navy Ship Reunion was held. In October 1994, they were in attendance for Mario Andretti's final Indy car race at Laguna Seca Raceway.
Through the years they took many trips with family and friends to Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada where she loved playing slot machines. They also traveled to San Jose to visit family. After she retired, she enjoyed going to lunch and then playing a few slots at the Tachi Palace.
In recent years, Sunday afternoons were spent watching NASCAR.
Although she was Portuguese, Jerry was very skilled at helping the Italian women on Richard's side of the family make ravioli every Thanksgiving and Christmas. She was also known for all the lemon meringue and banana cream pies she made from scratch for those same holiday dinners.
Jerry had several health issues the past 6 years, but miraculously powered through them. She never complained except when she had a week full of doctor appointments to go to. Her body may have been slowing down, but her mind was sharp and she would reminisce about the good times from as far back as 60 years ago.
She always made Christmas and birthdays special for her daughters. She loved the Christmas season, and the past two months had enjoyed watching holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel every day.
In healthier days, she enjoyed working in her yard and tending to her flowers. She was also fond of putting flamingo decorations in the flowerbeds. Jerry was also an avid reader and could spend all day reading books from start to finish. She enjoyed sharing and swapping books with her dear friend Elda and her sister, Jeanne.
At the time of her death, she was a 26 ½ year survivor of breast cancer. During the time in 1992 that she was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, she became an avid collector of teddy bears. It was also then that she started a trend of never missing a chance to eat dessert. She dearly loved her sweet snacks. Some favorites were donuts, chocolate cake and banana cream pie.
Jerry was preceded in death by her parents Manuel and Mary, brother-in-law Virgil Galletti, and niece Rebecca Andrade.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard; daughters Donna of Monterey, CA and Sandra of Hanford, CA; her sister Jeanne (John) Marcus of Brentwood, CA, brother Don (Joan) Andrade of Jacksonville, Florida; and sister-in-law Eleanor Galletti of Hanford.
Nieces Sherryl Marcus of Chandler, Arizona; Danielle (Thomas) Wilson of Jacksonville, Florida; Elizabeth (Jen) Andrade of Orlando, Florida; Rhonda Trask of Visalia, and Renee (Craig) Ruch of Kingsburg.
Nephew David (Wendy) Marcus of Springville, as well as two great nephews, two great nieces, two great great nephews and two great great nieces.
Uncle Joe Camara of Arroyo Grande, and numerous Camara and Andrade cousins.
The family extends their sincere thanks to her extraordinary medical team who cared for her and kept her going the past few years: Ronnette Daulton, Dr. Raj Reddy, Dr. Tom Yang, and Dr. Boris Reznik.
We all will miss her sense of humor and quick wit.
Visitation will be at 5:00 PM on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Whitehurst-McNamera. A rosary will be held immediately after the visitation at the chapel at 6:00 PM. Graveside services will be held on Friday, January 11th at 11:00 AM at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society. They can be mailed to 2222 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 201, Fresno, CA. 93711.
Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Service