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Amelia Franzia Gallo
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Birth: Jul. 3, 1910
Ripon
San Joaquin County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1993
Modesto
Stanislaus County
California, USA

Head of the Franzia and Gallo Wine Family. Wife of Wine Maker Ernest Gallo (1909-2007), Mother of David (1939-1997), and Joseph (1941-present). Grandmother of Theresa, Christopher, Stephanie, and Joseph Jr. Amelia was Ernest's First Girlfriend, The two were married on August 23, 1931. Ernest was unfamiliar with weddings, and as soon as the priest pronounced them "man and wife," he turned around and walked off without kissing the bride, something Amelia never let him forget. Their Honeymoon consisted of going to Chicago to sell grapes. Ernest had said Amelia's brother John could stay with them while they were in Chicago, Amelia did not like the idea, and she was right. A Honeymoon for three was no fun, They faked an argument to get rid of him and got soem time alone. Amelia is the reason Gallo Wine is what it is. Amelia is the one who got her mother Theresa Franzia to loan Ernest the money to start Gallo Winery. When they first started she was their bookkeeper, cleaned up the office, and did everything the brother's did not have time to do. She would get up at 4 O'clock in the morning do drive all over doing errands for the brothers. She was never paid for her service. Amelia ran the office and Julio's wife Aileen Gallo ran the house cooking and cleaning. The two couples and the brothers younger brother Joseph lived together in the early days "Amelia was a great wife, mother and grandmother, and a truly great lady," Ernest Gallo said. "While her loss is very, very difficult for me, I feel fortunate and thankful I have had her for 62 memorable years." She was 83. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ernest Gallo (1909 - 2007)
 
 Children:
  David Ernest Gallo (1939 - 1997)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
St Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery
Modesto
Stanislaus County
California, USA
 
Created by: The Perplexed Historian
Record added: Jan 14, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10324886
Amelia <i>Franzia</i> Gallo
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Amelia <i>Franzia</i> Gallo
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Amelia <i>Franzia</i> Gallo
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