2011-01-06 / Obituaries

Lester G. Zanetta

Lester Guido Zanetta lost his long-time battle with

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease on Nov. 30. He was 80.

Les was born to Italian immigrant parents, Palmira and Pete

Zanetta, Sr. and was the youngest of five children.

Lester’s father opened

Zanetta’s Shoe and Repair Shop in Soledad in 1919. When Les was a junior in high school, his father began teaching him the trade. He took over the business four years later and kept the shop open six days a week until retiring in 1996. Between father and son, their business lasted 77 years.

After graduating from Gonzales High School, Les enlisted in the National Guard for six years where he trained at Camp Roberts in California.

As a young bachelor and after marriage, he was very active in his community of Soledad. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, Chamber of Commerce, Foresters of America, Lions Club, and was a member of the city council for three years. He served 17 years as a volunteer fire fighter. He also was very active doing church work.

In September, 2001, Les and Ida moved to Mariposa, needing to get closer to family. Les was showing signs of slowing down, but he managed to help with the Meals on Wheels program until his health declined and he had to give up his last volunteer job.

Les was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, John and Pete, Jr.; sister, Eva Teves; and a niece, Mary Jean Zanetta.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ida (Scolari) Zanetta; two daughters, Lisa Mirassou and her husband, Andrew, of Mariposa; and Desiree Kudela of Yountville; son, Christopher Zanetta and his wife, Denise, of Lockwood; nine grandchildren, Allie Hernandez, Katie, Bella, and Lina Mirassou; Victoria, Joey, and Joshua Farias Jones; and Ryan and Heather Zanetta. He also has one great-grandson, Guido Hernandez. He is also survived by one sister, Emma Nicola, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mariposa. A second service will be held Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church in Soledad.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Monsignor Frances Walsh Scholarship Fund, P.O Box 215, Mariposa, CA 95338; SCOPE or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, 182 El Dorado Street, Monterey, CA 93940 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY, 100808-0780.

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