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Mary G. Foster

June 24, 1921 April 5, 2017
Mary G. Foster
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Mary Paolini Foster, passed away on April 5, 2017 at the age of 95 years old. She was born in Elmira, CA on June 24, 1921 to Pierina and Fabrizzio Paolini, both Italian immigrants and was the oldest daughter of the 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Her family eventually moved into Vacaville’s city limits where she attended and graduated from Vacaville High School in 1939. She excelled in sports and this was quite the achievement for a woman in the 1930’s.
After high school, Mary worked at C & H Sugar, and later at the BX on Travis Air Force Base. After the WWII, she met her late husband John Foster of Sparta, Georgia, who was stationed at Travis AFB. They married in 1947, first lived in the “Units” as so many Vacaville couples did. In 1955, they bought a house on Grape Street, that is where she lived the rest of her life. Mary retired from Basic Vegetable in 1984.
In retirement Mary looked after her nine grandchildren as they attended schools only blocks from her home. She prided herself on taking care of her family, making her famous spaghetti sauce, lasagna and homemade “Gnocchi” soup. She enjoyed visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were her pride and joy. She was an avid Cub’s Fan and lived to see them win the World Series last year. The “W” Flag was hanging proudly at her house that week.
She was a member of the Basic Founders Club and regularly attended her monthly luncheons and was a regular customer at the lottery counter at Lucky’s on Monte Vista where she would cash in and buy scratchers. All the employees there considered her family. Mary eventually won a $20,000 jackpot on a $2 holiday scratcher that she was given as a gift by her grandkids for Christmas one year.
Mary is survived by her children, Sandy Esparza (David), Nancy(Donald) Vasquez, and David Foster; grandchildren, Olivia Esparza, Donny Vasquez, Gabe Esparza, Chris Vasquez, Carla Wroten, Andrea Kamman, Christina Vargas, Lake Painter, Kevin Vasquez and by many great grandchildren. Also, surviving her is her brother Harry Paolini and her sister Edith Keller. Mary was predeceased by her husband, John, children Stan Foster and Judy Painter. Brothers Mel, Raymond, Phillip, and Robert Paolini, her sisters Elsie Fernandez and Dollie Fernandez,
A special thank you to her caregiver Gabrielle Cooney who became like a daughter in her last months along with Carla Barrios whom also cared for her.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Stan Foster Memorial Golf Tournament- Judy Fund, PO Box 5182, Vacaville, CA 95696-5182. Or North Bay Hospice, 4520 Business Center Dr, Fairfield, CA 94534.

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Visitation

Monday

10

Apr

5:00 PM 4/10/2017 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/10/2017 8:00:00 PM
McCune Garden Chapel

212 Main St.
Vacaville, CA 95688

McCune Garden Chapel
212 Main St. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States

Service

Tuesday

11

Apr

10:00 AM 4/11/2017 10:00:00 AM
McCune Garden Chapel

212 Main St.
Vacaville, CA 95688

McCune Garden Chapel
212 Main St. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery Final Resting Place

522 Elmira Rd.
Vacaville, CA 95687

522 Elmira Rd. Vacaville 95687 CA
United States
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