Joseph Lawrence Simonetti
SOLEDAD J Joseph Lawrence Simonetti Joseph Lawrence Simonetti, 88, passed away from Hodgkins lymphoma Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, in the family home he built more than 54 years ago in Soledad. He was born July IS, 1921, in Soledad, to Giulio and Virginia Simonetti. Joe grew up in the Soledad Mission district and attended Gonzales High School. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1953 he met Clara Breschini, and they married on July 12 of the same year. He was a general building contractor, building and renovating homes, businesses, and dairies in south Monterey County. He also worked as a foreman at B & P Packing Co. He was a member of the Swiss American Club, a life member of the Salinas Elks Lodge No. 614, and First Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 81. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, doing crossword puzzles, and hunting. His last hunting trip was this past October with friends and his two sons. He was gifted with the ability to repair almost anything, from sewing machines to tractors and enjoyed sharing this gift with family and friends. Joe also had a passion for restoring classic cars, spending countless hours in his garage where he worked his magic. He was proud, honest, and hardworking and always strived to do his best in everything he did. Survivors: He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Clara; son and daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law, Larry and Gloria Simonetti of Visalia; son, Steve Simonetti of Salinas; daughter and son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law Phil and Julie Herback of South Lake Tahoe; daughter and son-in-law, son-in-law, son-in-law, son-in-law, son-in-law, Jane Simonetti and David Zavislan of Roseville; and grandchildren, Joseph, Lindsay, Ben, Leslie, and Jason. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elsie Tarabbia. Memorial Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Our Lady of Solitude Church, 235 Main St., Soledad. Private Burial: Will take place at Soledad Cemetery District.