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Anne Sanguinetti (nee Russell)

Anne Sanguinetti (nee Russell), 84, died Monday, May 5 at her Oakdale home, surrounded by her husband, children and loved ones, after suffering a stroke on April 28.

She was a resident of Oakdale since 2001.

A native of Oakland, she was an avid visual artist whose oil paintings won numerous awards throughout the years. Her portrait of “Old Tom,” whose home serves as the Oakdale Museum, hangs there to this day.

In 1992, Mrs. Sanguinetti was diagnosed with breast cancer. She battled the odds with faith in the Lord and respect for medicine and was able to beat breast cancer. Afterward, without any fanfare she volunteered her time ministering to women who battled breast cancer, often holding their hands and calming their fears as they received chemotherapy treatment.

Aside from a tremendous faith in Jesus that shaped her life, she took great pleasure painting landscapes and portraits for more than 50 years. She learned to refine her oil painting skills while studying under famed western artist Robert Rishell, whose portrait of former U.S. President and California Governor Ronald Reagan still hangs today in the state capitol.

She was a former member of the Society of Western Artists, and various other artist guilds in the Bay Area and the Valley. She was also a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by her husband, Fred; children, Louise Fonceca, Tom (Mona) Giovannoni, Vincent (Carol) Giovannoni, Raymond (Evelyn) Sanguinetti; brother, Robert (Betty) Russell; grandchildren, Julie Moniz, Daniel Fonceca, Peter Giovannoni, Victoria, Michael and Nicholas Sanguinetti; and Gianna, Rico and Lauren Giovannoni; great-grandchildren, Mia, Genna and Mateus Moniz; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Dolores; and grandson, David Fonceca.

Services were held May 9 at Oakdale Memorial Chapel. Interment was at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.