Vincenzana Bartasi lived a long and clever life to over 95 years old. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish in San Jose, CA for over 25 years and is remembered fondly by those whom she met.
Thinking back on her life, she was born in Kansas City, MO on September 2, 1925. Growing up during the Great Depression couldn’t have been easy for her but, for the many who did, it made her stronger in determination and will. She went to North East High School and Kansas City Art Institute. She loved art so much that her homes were always filled with her original works. From figurines to vast landscapes, if she saw a place that needed a particular work of art, she simply created the perfect piece.
One day, during a novena at Redeemtress Church in Kansas City, MO, she saw the love of her life. She glanced across the pews, spied a handsome sailor named George, and thought: That’s the man I’m going to marry. From her lips to God’s ears Vincenzana and George were indeed married on June 15, 1954.
With George in the Navy, Vincenzana traveled from post to post until they finally settled down in San Jose, CA after George had retired from the Navy and went to work for I.B.M. By that time, they had 3 children: Teresa, Tom, and Kathy. In San Jose, Vincenzana started a pre-school with another partner, Margarette Balistreri, in the Willow Glen area call Magic Years Pre-School. The pre-school was very successful during their tenure and they ultimately sold it to another pre-school operator. From that point until her retirement she served as a teacher’s aide at Bret Harte Middle School and Leland High School.
Vincenzana and George had a loving marriage for more than 60 years until that love of hers, George, passed away in 2016. They enjoyed traveling, mostly in the United States, and taking cruises as well as participating as members of the San Jose Branch of the Italian Catholic Federation. She is survived by her 2 sisters, 3 children, 4 grand-children, and 2 great grand-children. She will be missed by many.
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