Obituary of Elena Newnan |

Obituary of Elena Newnan

Elena Newnan

Elena Costa Newnan passed away peacefully on July 24, 2015 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was 92.

There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. on July 29, 2015 at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, Calif.

Elena was born on Oct. 24, 1922, in Colma, Calif., to Italian immigrants, Giovanni and Maria (DiMartini) Costa.

Elena grew up working hard alongside her two brothers, Mario and Eugene, in her family’s flower nursery business in Colma, which later relocated to Mountain View, Calif., as Romaggi’s on El Camino Real.

In 1947, she married Clarence ‘Art’ Newnan, a Santa Clara Valley farmer, and remained so until his death in 2001. In 1957, Art and Elena and their three children moved to Grass Valley where they were engaged in farming (pears) on Dog Bar Road.

Elena’s favorite pastimes were gardening, cooking, reading, walking (with her handy golf club!) and most importantly spending time with her family. Her rose garden displayed blooms of many colors on her 50 or so bushes.

Every fall she insisted on carrying on the family tradition of ravioli making, a tradition continued by the three generations after her and generations before. Her family was her most important priority, attending as many functions and activities as possible for her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Douglas (Mary Ann) Newnan, Kathleen Hanlon and Judith (Darrel) Edzards; grandchildren, Tony (Theresa) Newnan, Russ (Kelli) Newnan, Rachel Hunt and Geoff Hanlon; her beautiful great-grandchildren, Bella Newnan and Preston Hunt; and many nieces and nephews.

Elena is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and niece, Margaret Costa.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to Danna and Debra, her guardian angels here on earth; to the staff of Cascades of Grass Valley; first responders; Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital ER and the caregivers of room 201 at the hospital.

Mom and Dad together again. We miss you, we love you, we thank you.

Memorial contributions or gifts of flowers may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

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