November 17, 1923 - May 1, 2018
Born in Morro d"Alba, Ancona, Italy
Resided in Salinas, California
She moved to Rome with her family when she was a young girl and lived there for 20 years before marrying the love of her life, Dean M. Briley Sr. in 1951. They began their life together in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where Dean worked for the Arabian American Oil company (Aramco). For the next 10 years, Dhahran was their home and it was where their 3 children were born.
She often said those were the best years of her life. They moved to Salinas, California in 1961. She made Salinas her home for the next 57 years. Interspersed in those years were many, many trips back to Italy to visit her relatives and stay connected to her Italian roots.
She lived through the Great Depression, WWII, and Vietnam War. She was alive when Amelia Earhart made her historic ﬂight. She was alive when MLK Jr gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. She lived in 5 countries: Italy, France, England, Saudi Arabia and USA.
She saw and experienced more than we can ever imagine in her 94.5 years of life. She told funny stories, made amazing pasta and homemade pizza like we’ve never had before.
Vera had a great passion for volunteer work. She found time to help the Sons of Italy, Cub Scouts, the school library and countless other organizations. She was a volunteer for 47 years at Natividad Medical Center where she gifted over 15,000 hours to serve the Volunteer Auxiliary’s Mission. She was also an Italian language teacher at Hartnell Community College in Salinas, Ca.
She was a lover of hats and all things warm. She was so many things but most of all she was our mother, nona, nene, noni and great grandmother. She loved life immensely and poured that love out on her family and all who crossed her path.
The source of this love came from her faith in Jesus. She had a special devotion to the rosary which she prayed daily, oﬀering up the intentions of her family, friends and whoever or whatever was in need of prayer that day. She was a parishioner at Madonna Del Sasso Church for 57 years, a member of the Italian Catholic Federation and the Catholic Daughters.
We know she felt the love of her family, friends, and outstanding caregivers (Sue Valdez & Celeste Yap). We know she left this world peacefully. But the biggest thing we know is she left behind her legacy and a lifetime of love. Vera will be missed by so many.
Vera is survived by her sons, John (Kathy) Briley, Patrick (Barbara) Briley, Michael (Ann) Briley, and her step-son, Dean Briley Jr., granddaughters, Kristi (Tom) Botelho, Lindsay (Randy) Hicks, Amy (Matt) Broadley, Jenna Briley, Grace Briley, and Sherrie (Dana) Aldrich, and grandsons, Collin (Amanda) Briley, Timothy Briley, Matthew Briley, Patrick Briley, Craig (Bonnie) Briley, Darryl (Michelle) Briley as well as her great granddaughters, Ashley Botelho, Rosilyn Broadley, Reagan Briley and Dr. Julie Aldrich, and her great grandsons, Andrew Hicks, Vinny Botelho, Nolan Hicks, Daniel Broadley and Maverick Briley.
She is also survived by many relatives still living in Italy: her sister Maria Medi and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years in 1989, Dean M. Briley Sr., her daughter-in-law, Diane Briley, her parents, Nazareno and Cristina Bonﬁglioli and her sister and brother, Luisa Gerino and Giuseppe Bonﬁglioli.
Visitation will be 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018 Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.
Rosary will be 7:00p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018 Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901.
Mass will be 10:00a.m Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Madonna Del Sasso Church, 320 E Laurel Drive, Salinas, CA 93906.
Garden of Memories, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Internment following Mass
In lieu of ﬂowers, memorial donations may be made to Patient Care Services at Natividad Medical Center.
Donations can be sent to: Natividad Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary, 1441 Constitution Blvd., Building #820, Salinas, CA 93906, Tel# (831) 755-4215.
Fly high Nene, ﬂy high.
WE ❤ you.
Salinas, California 93901
Salinas, California 93901
Salinas, CA US 93906
Salinas, CA US 93901