Rose June (Antone) Branchini passed away Jan. 28, 2020, in Pleasanton, California, at the age of 94.
Rose was born Jan. 25, 1926, in San Francisco to Sebastiano Antongiovanni and Mary Pierucci. She was raised there and attended Balboa High. She and her husband, Gino Branchini, were married 59 years before he died July 12, 2003. They moved to San Leandro, California, in 1949, working together in tax and insurance businesses, and went on to live in Castro Valley, Danville, Pleasanton and Livermore.
Rose was very involved in Soroptimist International, HEART in San Leandro and Avon. She enjoyed playing cribbage and blackjack, and was always game for water-skiing and snow-skiing trips with the family. Rose fought a courageous battle with Alzheimer's in recent years, and her family thanks the caregivers at Valle Verde Care Home.
Rose is survived by a daughter, Janet (Joe) Cristiano; a son, Rick (Pamela) Branchini; a sister, Jane Bianchetti of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren, Vance (Mary) Branchini, Jennifer Branchini (Cam Inman), Scott (Sophie) Piper, Gina Piper (Shawn Farrell), Lisa (Alan) Coursey, John (Sally) Cristiano, Joe (Debbie) Cristiano, Dawn Cristiano, Denise Cristiano, Chelsea (Marc) Souza and Ashley (Mike) Stevens; and 16 great-grandchildren, Anthony, Krystal, Joseph, Alexis, Jessica, Makena, Samantha, Michael, Kate, Brooke, Grant, Jocelyn, Luca, Paloma, Blake, and Gianna.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Gino Branchini; a sister, Elma Crawford; and her brothers, Carlo and Frank Pierucci.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 22, at the home of Joe and Janet Cristiano. A private burial will take place at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Hope Hospice in Dublin or the Alzheimer's Association.