Marguerite Santos

November 1914 – September 2011

After 96 wonderful years, the journey for Marguerite Santina Santos of Turlock ended on September 25, 2011.

Marguerite was born in El Centro in the Imperial Valley on November 2, 1914. She loved spending time with family and enjoyed growing up with her four siblings. She attended school in Ripon. While attending a dance with friends at Yori’s Grove in Ceres, Marguerite met her future husband Jess Santos. The two were married for over 50 years and had two children; the late Melvin Lee Santos and Janice Marie Giovanetti. In 1943 Jess and Marguerite moved to Turlock from Newman to start The Santos Dairy.

Marguerite’s culinary skills were magnificent. Family and friends were delighted by an invitation to enjoy a meal in her home. She loved the outdoors and could grow all varieties of flowers and vegetables without fail. Ultimately travelling was her true passion. She loved to plan trips with her family and friends.

In 2002 Marguerite moved to Bethel Retirement Community where she enjoyed many great friends and continued her zest for life.

Marguerite was an active member of the Sacred Heart Church, Ave Regina YLI #200, IDES #68 and SPRSL #130. She was a president of the Washington School PTA.

Marguerite’s legacy will live on in her daughter Janice Giovanetti, son-in-law John Giovanetti, daughter-in law Nancy Santos, grandchildren Richard Santos, Rob Santos, Nicole Lassen, Cristina Daniels and their spouses. She also had nine great-grandchildren, Vance Santos, Chelsea Santos, Ana Katrina Lassen, Sophia Lassen, Nickolaus Santos, Connor Daniels, Phoebe Santos, Aric Daniels and Teddy Santos.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Community Hospice 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356. We would like to thank all of the staff at the Alexander Cohen House for their amazing support and compassion they showed Marguerite and our family.

Rosary/Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Turlock with burial to follow at Turlock Memorial Park.


  1. It was my pleasure to know Marge from Bethel Retirement Community. I had the privledge to deliver books (always 3 paperback, modern romance, no period pieces)through the Stanislaus County Library Home Delivery program. She was always kind, enthusiastic,
    and appreciative. I looked forward to seeing her every month. One month she brought a newspaper ad. into the activity room (where I meet with residents and distribute books)to show me her grandson who is a vetrinarian in Turlock. She was so proud of him. I
    will miss her as I know her family and many friends at Bethel will. I am very thankful for having the opportunity to know Marge. Most sincerely, Rho Yare, Modesto, CA

  2. Please accept our condolences. We have fond memories of visiting Marge and Jess at their home in Turlock. Ed and Carol Mattos, Vail, AZ

  3. Nona, you have impacted my life. You and Grandpa Jess embraced me into your family and treated me like I was borned as your granddaugher. Thank you for adding spice to my life. I love you, Bev, Delhi, CA

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