October 17, 1928 - September 9, 2013
Born in Salinas, CA
Resided in Soledad, CA
Growing up in Salinas, she attended Lincoln Elementary School and graduated from Salinas High School in 1946. She attended St. Mary's Nursing School and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of San Francisco. After college she briefly worked at Shriners Hospital in San Francisco and then returned to Salinas to continue her nursing career which spanned more than 37 years. She especially loved her career and those she worked with at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Gonzales Medical Center, R. Handley MD's office, and Thomas O'Neill Medical Office. Yvonne had a strong belief in education, along with her love of nursing she became one of the founding directors and teachers at the Hartnell College Nursing Program.
It was after college upon returning to Salinas that she met the love of her life Tondre, and they had more than 60 wonderful years together. They had 6 children David, Anne, Kathleen, Joe, Mary and Roberta. In the early 60's they moved from a farm house on Iverson Road to the ranch on River Road. Here they would raise their family and this would be her home until her passing.
Yvonne loved her granddaughter and seven grandsons. She enjoyed attending Bess's dance recitals and all various sporting events. She was so proud of them at their high school and college graduations.
She was a member of St. Theodore's Catholic Church in Gonzales. Yvonne's Catholic faith was a deep part of her life. It was a great joy for her to attend mass while traveling the United States and abroad.
She was able to live her last years as she lived life, with style and grace. She was fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful caring individuals; Juanita Huerta, Dolores Torres, Claudia Ventura and Felipa Amarillas who enabled her to continue to live at home. Yvonne was so grateful for their loving care and her family is forever thankful for the friendship and love that they bestowed upon her.
She was preceded in death by her infant children, David and Roberta and her parents, Bessie and Walter Swenson.
She is survived by her husband, Tondre; four children, Anne Trebino, Kathleen and Denny Burke, Joe and Penny Alarid, Mary and Joe Pezzini; grandchildren, Matt, Nick, and Michael Trebino; Jack Burke; Joey and Brian Alarid, David and Bess Pezzini; her sister, Joanne Martin and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday September 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St Theodore's Catholic Church 116 South Belden St., Gonzales CA.
Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice, P.O. Box 2480 Lower Ragsdale. Monterey CA 93942; St Theodore's Catholic Church, Gonzales CA or Soledad Mission, Fort Romie Rd., Soledad CA
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