Ramona Sanchez, a beloved mom, grandma, and aunt, unexpectedly passed away on December 19th, 2020 at the young age of 92. She was the light of her family and loved by all whose lives she touched. Born and raised in Antioch, Ramona graduated from Antioch High School in 1947. Ramona’s athleticism showed in her love for playing basketball in high school and carried on to her cheering on the Warriors. She was a talented seamstress and was offered a scholarship to the Fashion Institute of San Francisco but declined because of her dedication to her family. However, her skills as a seamstress were not lost as she continued to sew throughout her life whether it be making costumes, repairs, or alterations to garments for family and friends. She went on to work at the Fibreboard Factory for 18 years where she met and married the late John Sanchez. In her earlier years she enjoyed traveling to Tahoe, Reno, Las Vegas, and Santa Barbara with family and friends. Later, she worked as a noon supervisor at Belshaw Elementary School before devoting her life to taking care of her parents Julia and Sam Cano.
Ramona, a devout Catholic, was extremely proud of her Spanish heritage and especially showed it through her famous cooking of paella and tortilla de espárragos.
Her nurturing tendencies made her an amazing CCD teacher at Holy Rosary. In addition, she assisted her daughter with cutting, tracing, coloring, and prepping art projects for her classroom.
She devoted her life to raising her daughter, granddaughters, nieces, nephews, and neighborhood kids. Her caring manners also showed through her taking in animals and people alike. Those who visited would always find her candy dish full and a cold drink in the fridge.
Though caring for others was her full time job, she never missed a recital, softball game, volleyball match, soccer match, swim meet, basketball game, and award ceremony of her pride and joy, her granddaughters Julia and Sami. In her down time, she was the master of word search puzzles.
Ahead of her time, as a true feminist she is a role model for strong independent women, especially to her daughter and granddaughters who follow in her footsteps. Her spirit will be missed, as she started every morning with her special “Good Morning to You” song and ended every day with her 8pm “I love you” goodnight call.
She is survived by her daughter Rebecca Surges, son-in-law Roy Surges, her granddaughters Julia and Sami Surges, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her late husband John Sanchez, parents Silverio (Sam)and Julia Cano, brother John Cano, many aunts and uncles, and niece Debbie Reano.
Due to COVID-19, a memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at a later date when it is safe for all to gather. Donations can be made in her name to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Special Olympics Foundation, or Holy Rosary Catholic Church.