A light and love of our lives has gone to rest with the Lord. Norma Joan Cabral passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 29, 2018. Born in San Francisco in 1920 and raised in Oakland, she lived life with joy and celebration of family and friends and she did it with her own Italian flair.
As the daughter of a grocer, she grew up through the Depression helping her parents in the family store. Being the first in her family to attend college, she graduated from the College of the Holy Names, class of 1942, with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Subsequently she served as the Holy Names Alumnae Secretary for 21 years.
Norma was blessed when she met the love of her life, Warren Cabral. Like so many of the “Greatest Generation”, they corresponded through the throes of WWII while Warren was overseas and while Norma manned the home front. They wed on February 4, 1945, and were married 59 ¾ wonderful years until Warren passed away in 2003. Loving mother to three wonderful sons Greg, Paige and Todd, the house on Tompkins Avenue was the family home for 60 years. It was the place “where love grew”, with laughter and fun, backyard carnivals, forts in the loft, holiday dinners and backyard BBQ’s. Norma loved travel, Puccini operas, Dean Martin and old Italian favorites. She and Warren were blessed to have a close group of friends that bonded together on many vacations and events at the Columbo Club or the Alameda Elks Club.
Daughters-in-law Julie, Allison and Mindy came to the family and then six grandchildren: Aaron, Dana, Amber, Lauren, Patrick and Anthony. Norma was the consummate “Nonie” cheering for them at sporting events, first flights, graduations, and weddings. She welcomed new family grand daughters-in-law and grand sons-in-law in Luis, Jordan, Elly, Tammy, Matt, and Rich. As the Matriarch, she was the great-grandmother of seven: Preston, Savannah, Nina, Nora, Ryen, Andrew, and Leonardo.
Each person’s life touches so many other lives. A woman of grace, vitality and style, Norma’s kindness and humility touched every person she met. A line from one of her favorite movies “It’s a Wonderful Life” says:
“All you can take with you is that which you have given away.”
Norma lived by these words in heart, in generosity, in spirit and in love. Norma truly lived a wonderful life and all our lives are better by her presence.
“ti amiamo per sempre dolce Nonie, fino a quando ci incontreramo di nuovo…”
Private Services will be held August 22, 2018 at St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church, Oakland CA. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Holy Names University, Oakland, CA
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