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Margaret Etta Quarello
Margaret Etta Quarello

It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret Etta (Jones) Quarello announces her passing after a brief illness on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the age of 90 years. A native of Flint, Michigan, Margaret was born June 7, 1927, the daughter of Eleanor (Keller) Jones and Robert Jones (Barney).

As part of a military family during World War II Margaret lived briefly in Atlanta, and Dallas and later moved to Turlock in 1944 where her stepfather was stationed as a Master Sargent for the duration of the war. Margaret graduated from Turlock High School and in 1946 married Major Chester Quarello, a Navy seaman and native of New Britain, CT. Margaret lived briefly in New Britain where she was employed at Stanly Works fitting fuse devices to aerial bombs.

Margaret and her husband returned to Turlock in 1947 and raised two children. While there she worked for the Del Monte Corporation, was President of the Young Ladies Institute [YLI], a Catholic woman’s organization, and began a life-long love affair with painting. As her husband was promoted she and her family move to Merced, Pleasanton, and finally settled in Laguna Niguel in

1979. Margaret graduated from Saddleback College, became an accomplished

bridge player, traveled with her husband throughout China, Europe and Israel, and refined her considerable watercolor and oil painting skills. She was an active member of the Mission Basilica at San Juan Capistrano and preformed

volunteer service work as a Lay religious teacher and Eucharistic Minister for St. Timothy’s Catholic church in Laguna Hills.

Margaret is survived by her sister Audrey Roberta Palmer and will be lovingly remembered and gravely missed by her two sons, John Quarello and Alan Quarello (Peter), her five grandchildren, Eleanor Lopez, James (Becky) Quarello, Adam (Lisa) Quarello, Matthew (Jessica) Quarello, David (Elizabeth) Quarello, nine great grandchildren, and her cousin, Bernadine Bauman.

Margaret was given Last Rights on May 20, 2018 and a memorial service was held in her memory on Saturday, June 9 where many friends and family members gathered to celebrate the life of a remarkable and well-loved woman. Her ashes were spread in the Pacific Ocean where she was reunited with her husband whose ashes were spread there twenty years earlier.