Winifred Catherine Buckley

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Winifred Catherine (Winnie) Buckley, died peacefully on December 6th, 2019 after 89 years of a rich and happy life. Her last days were spent in joy and singing as she prepared her home for Christmas. She passed away peacefully with her rosary in her hands. Winnie Buckley was the third of five children of Winifred (Duignan) and Nicholas Brisbois, born on November 19th 1930. She spent her childhood years in Stockton, and then in San Mateo. She attended Mercy High School, Burlingame, and earned her Teaching Credential at Dominican College in San Rafael. In 1953, she married the love of her life James A Buckley, M.D. In their early years, they lived in Michigan, Kentucky, and Italy before returning to Santa Rosa and Belmont. They eventually settled in Redwood City and raised their family of 12 children. Redwood City was her home and community for over 50 years. Winnie was above all a devoted Catholic. She was a member of many Catholic organizations, attended daily mass and spent years as a lector/cantor and soloist. Winnie had an extraordinary soprano voice which she shared with all around her, singing with gusto anytime anywhere. Winnie was a talented seamstress, an amazing cook and was always fashionable. She taught herself Spanish and was proud to be a bi-lingual substitute teacher. When she wasn’t changing diapers, cooking dinners, and doing all that laundry she gave back in many ways. Winnie’s greatest passion and pride was her extensive family. She hosted many special events and never passed up an opportunity to celebrate. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Jim, and by her siblings Betty Dolwig, Barbara Ogburn and Jim Brisbois, and her brother-in-law, Rev. Gerald Buckley, O.P. She is survived by her 12 children, including Erin (John) Hasbrook of Winters, her 28 grandchildren, including Catt, Clara and Stephen Hasbrook of Winters, and 1 great grandchild, her sister Mary Rose of El Dorado Hills, her Sister in law, Bobby Brisbois of San Mateo, and her brother in law, Rev. C.M. Buckley, S.J., of Thomas Aquinas College, and also by many nieces and nephews and their families. Winnie’s family would like to thank the many caregivers, friends and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish who made the last years of her life so joyful. Please raise a toast or sing a song in her honor over the holidays.]]>

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