Marion Caselli, a 63-year resident of Winters, died peacefully at her home on April 15, 2018, at the age of 102.
Born Aug. 12, 1915, in San Jose to Italian immigrants, she grew up with a strong sense of family and a love of farming and cooking. She and her husband, Gene, started their family while she worked seasonally at Del Monte cannery.
Gene and Marion and her family moved to Winters in 1955 after purchasing the Boyce ranch. They farmed for 32 years, employing many Winters youth who worked in the infamous cutting shed and dry yard where tons of apricots and peaches were hand cut. Marion managed the daily operation of the fruit-stand selling fresh apricots and oranges for 25 years serving many loyal customers.
Marion was an active member of St. Anthony Parish and the Altar Society for more than 50 years. Her love for her ranch was manifested in her beautiful vegetable garden and flowers. Three of her greatest enjoyments were cooking, hosting numerous functions for family and friends and following the San Francisco Giants. She also enjoyed trips to Lake Tahoe and traveling the world with her husband.
Marion is survived by her three children, Margene, David and Stephen; son-in-law Jan, daughters-in-law Susan and Carmina. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kent van Wagtendonk (Elizabeth), Kyra Rodriguez (John), Philip Caselli and Christopher Caselli. Her great-grandchildren are Makenna, Parker and Ava.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, April 23, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rosary recitation begins at 10:30 a.m. with Mass beginning at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at St. Anthony Parish Hall.