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Evelyn Rodoani
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Evelyn Joy (Ennis) Rodoani, 80, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 2.

She was born Jan. 19, 1931 in Colorado City, Texas to George Ware and Jessie Florene Ennis. The family moved to the Escalon area in 1937.

She married Ettore "Bud" Rodoani on July 18, 1948 and was a full working partner on the family farming operation. Although a Texan by birth, Mrs. Rodoani became well known for her Italian cooking, whether it be fettuccine alfredo, cioppino, polenta or biscotti. Her children would bring home college friends for the weekend at what became known as that "Italian Restaurant" on Highway 120. She was also known as an accomplished mushroom hunter in the Dardanelles area of the Sierra.

Survivors include her son Michael (Sharon) Rodoani; daughter Kathleen (Roger) Bowley; sister Claudia (Gus) Nolte; and numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many great friends. A special thank you is sent to her caregivers, Catherine Houghton and Marina Ybarra.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356-9259.

Visitation was Thursday, July 7 at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon. Her Rosary-Mass was Friday, July 8 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with burial following at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Escalon.

There is an online guest book available for you to share your memories with the family at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

July 13, 2011