Sheila Ann Robello, age 79, was a long time resident of Manteca, CA. She spent her final days at home, surrounded by the love of her family, and passed away on March 18, 2020.
Sheila is survived by her husband and soulmate of 52 years, Frank Robello, her four daughters, Valerie Robello, of Hayward, CA, Barbara Scribner (Kenneth Sr.), of Murray, UT, Kim Robello, of Galt, CA, Adena Rollins (Jason), of Lathrop, CA, and her brother, Philip Augustus Bartholomew Meany, of Centralia, WA. Nine grandchildren Mark Crespan, Kelly Miller, Justin Robbins, Kenneth Scribner Jr., Jeremy Williams, Alysia Robbins, Courtney Williams, and Braydon and Tavis Rollins. Five great-grandchildren, Francesca and Kahlea Crespan, David Gandara-Robbins, Owen Miller, and Braxten Green. She was preceded in death by her parents Mary Gertrude Meany and John Meany, and her sister Mary Joan Mizak.
Although Sheila has touched the hearts of far too many to count there are a select few that filled a special area of her abundant heart, and as such, deserve special mentioning. The two near the top of that list are Rebecca Bender, her niece, and David Robello, her nephew who were both instinctively treated, nurtured, and sheltered as one of her own. As Rebecca said, “she and my uncle opened their home to me when I was a young girl and the door was never closed. My aunt was one of the most important people in my life.” Next in line are her life-long friends Carol Larkin and Father Joachim Parr “aka Petzie”, both of whom grew up with Sheila in Oakland, CA. Inge Brazil, Gloria Robello, Richard Williams, Sabrina Ontiveros, Doreen Gotti, Esmeralda Aldaco, and Leticia Alvarez were also quite special to her as well! And last but not least…her “boys” – Frank Arvizu Sr., Cecil Cervantez Sr., Jerry Serrano, Carlos Gonzales, Robert Ortiz, Julio Trejo, and Gilbert Robero.
Sheila was born and raised in Oakland, CA on October 3, 1940 where she lived with her mother and siblings. She graduated from Holy Names High School in Oakland and was employed as a case worker for Alameda County Welfare Office in Oakland for many years as well as an insurance claims adjustor at Liberty Mutual and Arthur J. Gallagher and Company in Dublin, CA, where she retired from in 2000. Her innate ability to adapt and overcome any situation combined with her motherly instincts allowed her the perseverance necessary to take care of their disabled mother. That experience undoubtedly helped to prepare her when she gained three young daughters the day she married the love of her life, Frank, on April 8, 1967. Her oldest Valerie had this to share, “One thing that will always stand out to me about our mom is that she, without question, accepted Dad's three girls into their just newly wedded life without a negative thought or word. They both gave up so much to make sure we were okay and happy. Not many can say that about a just married couple. Mom definitely gave me the confidence a teenager needed at that awkward stage especially for a woman who didn't have all that much experience with a teenage girl what so ever. She definitely was & is still my rock through many journeys of my life. She was quite smart & sometimes even a smart ass but ALWAYS a lady!” Her daughter, Kim, had this to say “We were such little girls when you came into our lives and little did we know how much of an impact you would have on us, on me. You were a special guided light when I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life. I can't thank you enough and I will always be forever grateful.”
Sheila was a devoted mother to all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren – she opened her home to anyone in need, served many hours devoted to her Catholic faith and ministry, had some of the BEST advice ever (even when unwanted LOL), and will forever be remembered as one of the BEST cooks and definitely the TOP hostess to friends and family EVERY year at Thanksgiving!
Albeit there exists an immense whole, a big piece of our hearts will smile whenever we think about you and we will cherish the love and memories of you always.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Avenue on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. services will also be livestreamed, click the link below. A luncheon will follow the service at Lincoln Park.
*** In lieu of flowers please send a donation in memory of Sheila A. Robello to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul Society, or Northern Light School in Oakland, CA. All of these were very special to Sheila! ***
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