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Vera M. Romano Aiello
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Birth: Apr. 29, 1923
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 15, 1996
Contra Costa County
California, USA

Vera M. Romano Aiello
April 29, 1923 Oct. 15, 1996

Vera Aiello, a homemaker for 63 years, died Tuesday at Sutter Delta Memorial Hospital in Antioch. She was 73.

The Long Beach native lived in Pittsburg 10 years before moving to Antioch 28 years ago. She was a political activist and one of the founders of Citizens for Democracy in Antioch.

She was a former Pink Lady volunteer at Los Medanos Hospital for six years and a member of Pittsburg Italian-American Club women's auxiliary.
She enjoyed gardening, ceramics, traveling and playing the organ. She was a 49er fan.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Frank J. Aiello of Antioch; daughters, Linda McGregor of Salt Lake City and Carla Visendi of Walnut Creek; sons, Anthony of Sacramento and Steve Romano of Willows; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her son, Joseph F. Aiello Jr., preceded her in death.

Services: Funeral liturgy, 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Rosary Church, Antioch, with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Antioch. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Pittsburg Funeral Chapel, with vigil services at 7:30 p.m. at the chapel.

Memorial gifts: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1313 A St., Antioch, CA 94509, or American Cancer Society, 1700 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94612.

Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA)
October 17, 1996



The city has lost an activist who won respect from both sides of local political factions.

Vera M. Romano Aiello died Tuesday at Sutter Delta Memorial Hospital in Antioch. She was 73.

Frank J. Aiello said his wife of 28 years recently learned she had cancer.

"This came on suddenly," he said. "She was a wonderful person."

He said his wife cared very much about her city.

"She was very faithful to her beliefs. She never backed down from any politician," he said.

Vera Aiello was one of the founders of the Citizens for Democracy, a local group dedicated to defending the right to vote on taxes. The group shook up local politics by leading three recall elections in the past year.

"Vera was from the heart, a political activist," said Norma Hernandez, an Antioch City Council member who won her post this year with backing from the Citizens for Democracy. "She wanted to make sure the Constitution was always followed."
Hernandez remembers Aiello standing for eight or nine hours in a shopping center with a clipboard in her hand collecting signatures in support of ballot measures.

Aiello had tremendous energy for a woman her age, said Trisha Meikle, who worked on the most recent recall with her.

"She seemed to get along well with people even if she was against what they were doing," Meikle said.

Even political foes didn't hold grudges against Aiello.
Barbara Sobalvarro, chairwoman of the rival Association of Responsible Citizens, said she was asked to play the organ and piano at the service for Aiello, although she did not personally know her. The fact they were on opposite sides of the political fence makes the experience sweeter, Sobalvarro said.

"It shows what we really share is our humanity," she said.
Arne Simonsen got to know Aiello at City Council meetings where they would often debate issues. He disagreed with her on some issues, but they became good friends.

"She's going to be sorely missed," he said. "Some people become very narrow and polarized. Vera was very good at being able to persuade from her side and yet listen to what you had to say."

"She was just one of the sweetest and sincerest people in the town," Simonsen said.

Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA)
Date: October 20, 1996 
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  Frank Joseph Aiello (1918 - 2002)
Holy Cross Cemetery
Contra Costa County
California, USA
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I love you Vera and still miss you and Frank so much. You were both so loved by many. Until we meet again and we will I'm sure of that.Always and Forever you have my heartMelinda
- Melinda Tidwell
 Added: Apr. 3, 2014

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