Elizabeth Jean Stivala
1927 - 2012
Betty was born on December 17, 1927 in San Francisco to
Lena and Emmanuel Schembri. She attended St. Joseph’s
Elementary School in Menlo Park, Sequoia High School in
Redwood City, and The Music and Art Institute in San Francisco.
She lived in San Francisco on Oakdale, in the Bayview
district with her family. The family then moved to East Palo Alto
in 1932 during the Great Depression and lived in a house on
Green Street. She worked at the Emporium, ushered at the
Opera house, and practiced piano with soul and dedication.
She took private piano lessons with Margaret Christianson, and
became an accomplished pianist at a young age. In February
of 1951, at the age of twenty four, she married the love of her
life, Paul. Together they had five children- Mary, Paul, Jean,
Bob, and Steve- and enjoyed 61 years of true and complete
happiness. Betty is predeceased by her parents Lena and
Emmanuel Schembri, her sister Catherine, her brother Manuel,
and her daughter Mary. She is survived by her loving and devoted
husband Paul, her sisters Dolores and Florence, her
sisters in law Carmen Schembri and Frances Galea, her
children Paul, Jean (Dan), Bob (Krista), and Steve, her eight
grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.