Under the loving care of her family, friends and Pathways Hospice, Therese passed away in the early morning of Dec. 14, 2013, at 95 years young. For the past eight years she has been cared for by her devoted “Angel” daughter Susan in San Bruno.
Her parents were Italian immigrants. Therese was born, raised and resided in Nob Hill area of San Francisco for the majority of her life. During her youth, she attended Spring Valley Grade School and Commerce High School. Therese remained close until her death with her brother, Albert Tufo and sisters, Francis Bottino and Evelyn Rounds (predeceased).
In 1941, she married the love of her life, Lawrence Canale, and they raised three children, during their more than 60 years of marriage. With her husband, she acted as bookkeeper of their rental apartments. She worked over 25 years for See’s Candies on Polk Street, as a store manager. Her favorite candy was the dark chocolate with nuts. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels.
During her life, which spanned almost a century, she lived through several historical events. Therese was known for being outspoken and with a sharp wit. She had a great memory up until her passing. She was immensely proud of the success of her family. She will be remembered for her big heart and the countless prayers she said for others in their time of crisis.
Therese loved going to her country house in Boyes Hot Springs, with her husband every weekend and summers with her children. Her parents met in Sonoma. When she was young she would go to Sonoma with her parents. They would take the ferry, a train and a horse and buggy to their vacation spot. Her mother, Olivia, was from the large Carlomagno family who had homes in Sonoma.
Therese was predeceased by her beloved husband, Lawrence (1911-2001); parents, Olivia and Joe Tufo; sister, Evelyn; and grandson, Brent Aguilar (1977-2011). She is survived by her son, Larry Canale (Donna) of Redwood City; daughter, Judith Orr (Donald). of Sonoma; daughter, Susan Canale (Karl), of San Bruno; grandchildren, Jennifer Caramucci, Traci Ryan (Paul), Gina Wood, Reina Canale; great-grandchildren McKenna and Garrett Caramucci, Matthew and Lauren Ryan, Riley and Trey Wood, Suzette, Brent Jr., Elena and Antonio Aguilar. She had countless close friends.
A celebration of life Mass and reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bruno’s Church (555 W. San Bruno Ave., San Bruno). All who knew and loved her are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Pathways Hospice (395 Oyster Point Blvd., So. San Francisco), Project Helping Hands (730 Polk St #3, San Francisco), or your favorite charity in her name.