Obituary- Alice Angelina Veronda |

Obituary- Alice Angelina Veronda

Staff reports

Private family services are planned for Alice Angelina Veronda, who died Sept. 17, 2001, at Barton Hospital Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility after a brief illness. She was 85.

Mrs. Veronda was born July 20, 1916, at Los Gatos, Calif., to prominent Petaluma, Calif., civic and business leader Hiram Hopkins and his wife Elvira. She graduated from Petaluma High School and attended the then College of the Pacific at Stockton, Calif., before marrying and moving to Hawaii. In the small plantation community of Honokaa on the island of Hawaii Mrs. Veronda began her teaching career when the only teacher in a one-room schoolhouse fell ill and she was asked to replace him.

She returned in the 1940s to her home town, where she was co-founder of an innovative cooperative nursery school which drew on parents as instructors and aides. Her teaching position was in the Cotati Cooperative Nursery School. For more than two decades Mrs. Veronda was a frequent visitor to South Lake Tahoe, where her daughter and son-in-law, Lona and Fred Roberts, have lived since 1978. She had been a resident of South Lake Tahoe for the past 14 months, after giving up her homes in Cotati, Calif., and Kaiua, Hawaii.

Mrs. Veronda’s ability to see beauty in the smallest detail of any environment was a talent that served her well when Alzheimer’s Disease forced her to literally live “in the moment.” She was a retired teacher who found beauty even in a world dimmed by the disease. The caring and humane staff of the Skilled Nursing Facility helped her enjoy a secure and pleasant life even though she was confined to a wheelchair by arthritis.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Jane Wright of Honolulu, Hawaii; daughter and son-in-law, Lona and Fred Roberts of South Lake Tahoe; grandchildren, Kathy Wright and David Wright, both of Seattle, Lori Roberts of Oroville, Calif., and James and Joseph Roberts of Los Angeles; and great-grandson, Henry Fanning of Seattle.

The family will conduct private services Sept. 22 at the Roberts home in South Lake Tahoe.

Donations in Mrs. Veronda’s memory may be made, for research, to the Alzheimer’s Association, 919 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676, and, for programs, to Alzheimer’s Association Northern Nevada Chapter, P.O. Box 6362, Reno, NV 89513.

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