Brigida Gorano, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, July 24th, just a few weeks shy of her 98th birthday. Although her family mourns her loss, she left behind a lifetime of wonderful memories and we find solace in knowing she has moved on to a better place.
Born August 22, 1925, Brigida was born in Chialamberto (Torino) Italy to parents Bartolomeo and Margherita Perrone. The youngest of 5 children, she was raised in a small mountain village in the Italian Alps not far from the French border. Despite the hardships of her childhood, she always had fond memories of her family, places, and life in the Alps.
She did, however, grow up during WW2 and the dictatorship of Mussolini. On one occasion while helping her brother in the town’s bakery, soldiers arrived. They accused Brigida and her brother of selling bread to the resistance fighters. Brigida and her brother said they merely sold bread to customers and did not know their political affiliations. The soldiers angrily left threatening to shoot anyone who helps the resistance.
In 1947, she married her husband Joseph Gorano and immigrated to the United States later that same year. They settled in Citrus Heights, Ca. where they raised two daughters. Brigida enjoyed learning and eagerly advanced her education once in the US eventually earning her GED and a high school diploma. She worked for 20+ years in the China & Silver department at Weinstocks Sunrise and enjoyed the opportunity to help people there.
Brigida was a strong woman of faith and attended St. Ignatius Loyola Church where she never missed a Sunday mass. She had a love of music and singing, and was an active participant in various church choirs for decades. She was exceedingly dedicated to her family and enjoyed family dinners and holiday gatherings, visiting friends and family in Italy, and attending sporting events to support family members that played. She loved flowers and gardening, dogs, sewing, and cooking with and for her family. Brigida, to all who knew her, was a remarkably kind, compassionate, and generous person who touched the lives of those around her and left an indelible memory.
She is survived by her daughters Margaret Gorano and Jo Gorano, granddaughters Lisa Baker(Keith Baker)and Kristen Gorano(Lou Paolino), grandson Matthew Gorano, great-grandchildren Avery Baker, Leo Paolino, Stacy Baker and Giselle Paolino.
Please accept our family’s deepest appreciation for the condolences, much needed prayers, kind words, and the special memories you have shared.
Services for Brigida Gorano
Visitation – Tues 8/8 5-8pm including Vigil Service at 6pm; Calvary Cemetery and Funeral Center 7101 Verner Avenue, Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Funeral Mass – Wed 8/9 11am St Ignatius Loyola Church 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
Reception immediately following Mass at St Ignatius.
Flowers and/or memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital are equally welcome.