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Julia Josephine Andreotti
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    1670 South Amphlett Blvd.
    Suite 300
    San Mateo, CA 94402

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Julia Andreotti
Julia Andreotti passed away in peace on Sunday, May 5. She was 98.
Born Julia Josephine Benedetti, on Jan. 1, 1915, in Elk, Ca., she was the eldest of four born to Alfredo and Angelina Benedetti. Her parents were immigrant laborers traveling where there was work and that eventually led her family to the agriculture fields of Half Moon Bay.
After graduating from Half Moon Bay High School in 1933, she began work at the Bank of America. Some years later she was hired as a stenographer with the FBI. She was most proud of the job.
Family was very important to Julia and she left this job to care for her ailing mother. As World War II was intensifying, pressure mounted on non-citizens to move away from the coast. Julia sought safe haven for her Italian parents and siblings at a home on Humboldt Street in San Mateo that she was able finance herself. It was long a dream of her mother's to one day own property in America. Julia sought to make her mother's dream come true and was proud to have been able to purchase a lot on Johnston Street in Half Moon Bay in her mother's name.
In 1949, she married Dino Andreotti. The couple had four children and together became very successful artichoke farmers. Julia was an intelligent woman and a hard worker. Over the years, she took educational enrichment courses in finance and taxes. She also was a proud exhibitor at the San Mateo County Fair. For years, she creatively displayed the family farm's quality produce.
In her later years, she was often asked the secret to her longevity, to which she would respond, "an active life!" Julia was an avid gardener and wonderful cook, known for her excellent cooking skills. She always credited her ability to her mother who had cooked in the homes of the Italian privileged in the early 20th century. Anyone who came to visit would end up at her table, taking in good food and healthy drink, whether hungry or not!
Julia is preceded in death by her husband Dino (March 11, 1988) and siblings, Minnie, Frank and Freddy. She is survived by son Dino Andreotti (Terry) of Half Moon Bay, daughters Angela Lucia (John) of Sacramento, Joanne Andreotti of Half Moon Bay, Evelina Gleason (Tim) of Half Moon Bay, 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous other friends and family who were welcomed to her table over the years.
Julia was a wonderful wife, mother and nonni. We will miss her deeply and cherish our precious memories with her.
A viewing will be offered at Miller-Dutra Funeral Home at 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, followed by rosary services at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 9, at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church followed by a procession to the Italian Cemetery in Colma. Following burial, friends are invited to join a reception at 333 Kelly Ave, in Half Moon Bay.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mission Hospice (650) 554-1000