Nadine Marie Gille
Nadine was born in San Francisco on January 25, 1930 to Francine and Jack Coakley. As an only child, her loyal buddy was her faithful Scottie dog, Shadow. In her youth, she was an avid reader. Growing up Nadine enjoyed many summers at the family home in Monte Rio. She spent many fun-filled days swimming and playing in the Russian River while exploring the towns of Occidental and Guerneville. Nadine graduated from Presentation High School and pursued a two-year degree in Administrative Courses at City College in San Francisco. She married in 1950 and lived and worked in San Francisco. She gave birth to Suzanne in 1960.
For approximately ten consecutive summers Nadine and Suzanne camped at Napa Valley Ranch Club near Lake Berryessa. Those days were filled with barbecuing, campfires, swimming, waterskiing, playing Scrabble and Yahtzee, ping pong, and a variety of nightly games and dancing on the patio.
After twenty-five years of service for the San Francisco Unified School District, Nadine retired and enjoyed many hobbies such as growing cymbidium orchids and had over thirty plants! She took on learning the challenging game of bridge and enjoyed playing cribbage. She volunteered her time at Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame. Her biggest interest was an enjoyment of square dancing, joining the Peninsula Square Dancing Association. She danced for over thirty years, attending hoedowns and enjoyed the social, mental, and physical stamina this activity provided. Her father Jack was a musician so growing up with music, Nadine enjoyed watching Lawrence Welk on TV. She had the wonderful opportunity to travel to many fun places with Bob and Suzanne.
After retirement, Nadine moved to Walnut Creek to be closer to her beloved family. She would unequivocally say that her biggest, brightest, and overwhelming joy came from being Suzanne’s mother and Jason and Jenna’s grandmother. She would babysit often allowing Bob and Suzanne much needed rest and provided continual help, support, and encouragement. It was Suzanne’s privilege helping her mom navigate her heath care needs these past ten years. Nadine will be missed by her loving family.
Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, And the power and the glory, For ever and ever.
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