A Rosary for Elise DeMattei of Nevada City will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. today at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Canice Catholic Church in Nevada City.
Mrs. DeMattei died Thursday, April 27, at home. She was 99.
She was born Nov. 21, 1906, in Nevada City to Simon and Lenore (Calanan) Hieronimus. She was raised in Nevada City and graduated from San Francisco Teachers College in 1928. She taught school in Loomis for a short time. She married Atilio “Till” DeMattei on June 29, 1930. She lived in San Francisco for 10 years before moving back to Nevada City, where she taught fourth grade at Nevada City Elementary School for more than 30 years, retiring in 1962. She was a member of St. Canice Catholic Church, where she played the organ for many years. She was also a member of the Native Daughters for more than 75 years and a member of the St. Canice Altar Society. She enjoyed working in her garden, visiting friends and crocheting afghans. She also enjoyed traveling and had traveled to New York, Alaska, Mexico and Cuba. She also enjoyed trips to gambling casinos, accompanied by her niece.
She is survived by 12 nieces and nephews; 39 great-nieces and great-nephews; and 46 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Atilio DeMattei; sister, Adele Dunning; and brother, Carl Hieronimus.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.
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