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April 1, 2007 - Obituary
Betty Jane Lopiccolo: March 17, 1926-December 11, 2006
After an illness in Modesto, California, Betty Lopiccolo at age 80, passed on to be with our Lord and was buried at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, California. Betty was born in Los Angeles on March 17, 1926 to Charles and Melba. She grew up in Southern California through World War II and worked during the war in a factory building fighter planes for the military. After the war, she worked in the famous Catalina Island "Casino" in food and beverage. She was invited to be one of the dancers in an Errol Flynn film but her father, a strict Texas boy, refused to allow it.
Betty lived in Northern California in the Bay Area from 1956 through 1963 before moving to South carolina with the family. She lived on Folly Beach in the Charleston area until 1968. She loved living on the ocean and raised four children there while also enjoying her hobbies of painting, knitting, singing, dancing and being a den mother and friend to the surfers of Folly Beach.
She returned to Northern California in 1968 to be closer to her family but always missed the Low Country of South Carolina and the ocean. Upon returning to California, she worked in the computer industry in San Jose before the term Silicon Valley became popular. Betty met Carlo Lopiccolo in 1972 and was married in 1976. They lived in Coleville and Modesto. She lost Carlo in the mid 90's.
Betty was amazingly talented and was quite the athlete. When she was young, she could outrun most of the men in a foot race. She was an excellent dancer, a wonderful singer, a talented artist and she had a passion of building incredible porcelain dolls. Her doll collection was something to see.
Betty loved Telluride, Colorado and visited her son, Ed Andrews, whenever she could. She attended his softball tournaments over the years including Senior Softball tournaments in Reno to cheer on his Scrap Iron and Utah Vets teams. She was an avid fan and her upbeat attitude and her smile was infectious. Everyone liked having her around.
Betty Lopiccolo was a pillar to her family. She raised four children on her own at a time when survival was not an easy task. She was a wonderful mother, yet tough when needed and was a best friend and mentor to her children and extended family. If she was your friend, you had one for life. She was our number one fan, supporter and defender. She will be sadly missed but we rejoice and are ecstatic that she is dancing, singing and running in heaven.
Betty is survived by her sons, Ed Andrews of Telluride, Colorado; Matt Andrews and wife Laurie of Bluffton, South Carolina; Warren Andrews and wife Alisa of Minden, Nevada; daughter Mindy Baldwin and husband Scott of Escalon, California; her sister Saundra Miller of Escalon; grandchildren Kamren Baldwin, Chandi Baldwin Ramirez and husband Mike, Christina Andrews, Barrett and Charles Andrews and the light of her life, great grandchild Logan Scott Ramirez. Betty was a very special person to us. May she rest in peace.
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