Gloria passed away on the morning of Sept 7, months short of her 90th birthday. Despite the pandemic the family is forever grateful to have been able to be with her during her last week.
Gloria was born in Oakland, CA to Ida and Emilio Garetto, recent Italian immigrants. The Garetto Delicatessen in Modesto was her home away from home, where she absorbed the flavors and smells of Italian cooking; high school graduation was from Modesto High School and she attended Modesto Junior College for one year. An excellent dancer, she met her future husband Bert Bacchetti at a Dante Club dance. They were married in 1952 and she moved to Tracy, where she lived for the rest of her life. Gloria is survived by her children Patricia Bacchetti of Oakland, Mark Bacchetti (Mary) of Tracy, and Gail Bacchetti Gabbert (Carl) of Tracy; her 5 grandchildren Adam Gabbert and Rachel Bonacorso, Ryan Bacchetti and Alissa Koski, and Alberto Bacchetti Fox; as well as 7 great-grandchildren.
Bert and Gloria together ran Bert Bacchetti Farms from 1952 to the 1970’s, when son Mark joined the business. Together they raised their family and grew tomatoes, sugar beets, alfalfa, and asparagus. Mom loved cooking, gardening, and entertaining. An active citizen in both local and state issues, and she was quite proud of her service to her community. She was the president of the Naglee Elementary School Mother’s Club, served in the Children’s Home Society in Tracy, was the first president of the San Joaquin County chapter of California Women for Agriculture, served on Jimmy Carter’s Advisory Group for the Education of Women in Agriculture, and was a founding member and first President of the Hospice of San Joaquin Tracy Butterfly Auxillary. Bert and Gloria also travelled to the USSR as a part of a State Department agricultural exchange group in the 80’s-a trip that generated many memorable stories. Their international travels brought them much pleasure; one of her most memorable trips abroad was to the Bacchetti family village in Italy with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Her greatest joy was being with family. One of the highlights of her week was enjoying Wednesday night dinners with her grandchildren, teaching them how to cook in the traditional Italian style.
The family would like to express our deep affection and appreciation to her doctors Sunil Patel, MD, and Rajiv Punjya, MD for their many years of care and friendship. We would also like to thank her loving caregivers at Brookdale Senior Living in Tracy, where she lived for the last 7 years of her life; and to the kind and terrific doctors and nurses at the South Wing Nursing Station at Sutter Tracy Memorial Hospital.
A service will be held at Fry’s Mortuary Chapel on Friday, Sept 18, at 10 AM; graveside service will be private.
Donations in Gloria’s name can be made to Hospice of San Joaquin Tracy Butterfly Auxiliary at 3888 Pacific Avenue Stockton, Ca 95204
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