Mary Therese Bertero Torre passed away peacefully, surrounded by her four “darling girls.” Kind, thoughtful, generous and loving, she touched everyone she met with her stellar wit, graciousness and warm heart. To say that she will be missed is an understatement. A native Califorinian, she was born to Jules F. Bertero, MD and Mary Loretta Connolly Bertero in Santa Maria, where she was raised. She was the oldest of four girls and had a wonderful childhood, filled with family, friends and fond memories. She graduated from Lone Mountain College for Women in San Francisco (now University of San Francisco), where she double-majored in History and English. While at Lone Mountain, she met the love of her life, Eugene L. Torre. They married after her graduation and raised their four daughters in Los Angeles and San Jose, the place they called home.
Mary Therese was a devoted and faith-filled wife, mother and grandmother who spent hours volunteering at her children’s schools and with many philanthropic organizations. She was actively involved in tutoring and teaching art, became a docent at the San Jose Museum of Art, served on the boards at the deSaisset Museum and Catala Club, both at Santa Clara University, and Eastfield / Ming Quong Children & Family Services. She absolutely adored and doted on her grandchildren; it was very rare that she and Gene missed the many (and frequent) school activities and sporting events. (And she never came empty-handed – she was the snack queen!)
Passionate about learning and the arts, Mary Therese was an avid reader – three daily newspapers and always had a book in hand – loved attending the theater and the symphony, taking French classes and tending to her garden, especially her beloved roses. She and Gene travelled extensively, enjoying countless trips with family and friends throughout the USA, Europe, Hawaii and the Caribbean. France, Italy, Charleston and Kauai were among her favorites.She was preceded in death by Gene but her legacy lives on in her daughters Jule Torre and Jeanne Torre of San Jose; Mary Ursula Hurley (Brian) of Los Gatos and Katie Blocker (Chris) of Morgan Hill; her grandchildren Nicholas, Thomas, Matthew and Timothy Blocker and Caroline Hurley Uihlein (Matson); her three sisters and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Mary Therese had a heart of gold but in the end, it could not sustain her. At her request, services are private and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to the American Heart Association.