Birth Date: November 23, 1940
Death Date: November 19, 2018
Celebrating the Life of Adelio Zunino
Adelio Zunino was born in Varazze, Italy in 1940, the third child of Magdelana and Lorenzo Zunino.
The family survived the horrors of war time bombing during which Mrs. Zunino risked her life foraging for the family’s food in surrounding hills. When he was ten years old his father, who left his merchant seaman’s ship in San Francisco, sent for the family. They finally settled in North Oakland. The family enjoyed frequent excursions into Northern California where Mr. Zunino taught his children the skill of edible mushroom hunting. One of young Adelio’s fondest pursuits was fishing with his brother Lorenzo at the Rockridge Quarry, now the location of the Rockridge Shopping Center, and long days hanging out with friends at a Temescal Creek, now paved over by Highway 24. Adelio attended Sacred Heart primary school and St. Joseph High School until he joined the Marines at seventeen. His tour of duty included four years in Japan where he stood out as a soccer player on the military team. Off duty, Okinawa was a favorite destination for he and his best buddy, Gary Mariani. Upon his return from service he worked at Café Mediterranean on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley and the Hickory Pit in Oakland. In the 1970’s he married Caroline Guido with whom he had two children, Rosa and Giuseppe. He took a series of jobs to support his family working as a milkman, a garbage collector, finally settling into his own hauling business. Eventually earning his contractor’s license, he built homes and finally became the maintenance manager at Rockridge Manor Condominiums where he retired in 2016.
In 1991 he forged a bond with Constance Cobb who he’d known for many years. They married in 2001. Their son Jacob was born in 1994. Adelio enjoyed painting landscapes, discovering interesting neighborhood on long walks, attending opera, theater in San Francisco and musical events.
On weekends he could be sighted with his family holding hands in San Francisco strolls covering Golden Gate Park, the Marin Headlands or the Little Italy of Columbus Avenue. For vacations the family enjoyed trips to Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Hawaii, Mexico and a stellar month in Varazze. Adelio was a generous family member and friend, finding joy in sharing his culinary skill with pasta sauce, frittata, lamb shank and polenta. He catered the annual meetings of Rockridge Manor bringing joy to the residents with such dishes as mussels and pasta with pesto, fancy sandwiches and his selection of special wines. He was much loved by the residents there who bestowed him with many gifts. His assistant, Manuel was like a son to him and he furthered his career by teaching him the skills of building maintenance.
He will be missed as a loving brother, a father who loved his children unconditionally and as a caring and loving provider for his wife, Connie.
Holding him in loving memory is his wife Connie, his daughter Rosa, granddaughter, Angela Grace Zunino-Duvall, his son, Jacob, his sister Carla and brother, Lorenzo. His son, Giuseppe preceded him in death.