Sandra Jean Ferrario (nee Pirkey) passed away at home on May 2, 2019, after a short battle with cancer. During her lifetime she was a vibrant force and a very generous person. She was deeply devoted to her family and friends. Sandy was married to her beloved husband, Mike, in 1986. They blended their families, who now will miss her greatly.
Sandy is survived by her husband, Michael, daughter Christine Campiotti (Alex), grandchildren Alyson, Brittany, and Cassie Campiotti, and her stepchildren, Michelle Ferrario Dearborn (Dave), and Brian Ferrario (Julie). Her survivors also include her grandchildren Taylor Linn and Morgan Linn, her sisters, Joyce Cid, Barbara Brown and Pat Pirkey. She was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Jim and Steve Pirkey.
After marrying Mike, she blended into yet another family, the Ferrarios. Her sisters and brothers in-law, Lou Ferrario, Marie Timmer, Catherine Krause ( Jerry), and Linda Thompson, will remember all the fun times they had together. Her many nieces and nephews loved being with Sandy also. Friends were a very important part of Sandy’s life, and she enjoyed her many adventures with them.
Sandy was a 1964 graduate of De Anza High School in El Sobrante. After a few years, she moved to Livermore and worked for Sandia National Lab for 27 years as a project manager. After retiring, she and Mike moved to Ione, CA in 2003. They loved their new home on the golf course.
She and Mike made many new friends through their golf groups. They entertained and gave great dinners and parties. Her cookbook collection reflects her gourmet cooking skills.
Sandy was a talented athlete. She played soccer, tennis, golf and skied. She always liked new challenges. Recently, she was in a ballet class, and loving it.
Sandy was very involved at Castle Oaks Club House. She enjoyed golf so much she wanted to share it with others. She started a Junior Golf program for girls, and was instrumental in establishing scholarships for girls. Sandy was an executive of the PWGA, Pacific Women’s Golf Association and took part in many tournaments in California.
During her life she and Mike traveled in the USA and Europe. They golfed together, enjoyed the outdoors, and enjoyed their time with friends and family. She was known for bringing people together with her many gatherings at home and the clubhouse. Her warm smile and joy of life will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 19th, at 12 noon-4 PM. at 1000 Castle Oaks Dr., Ione CA, 95640, www.castleoaksgolf.com.
Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, 1500 So. Highway 49, Suite 205, Jackson, CA 95642.