HONORING MARCELLA OBERTI; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 15
(Extensions of Remarks - February 02, 2010)

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                        HONORING MARCELLA OBERTI


                         HON. GEORGE RADANOVICH

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 2, 2010

  Mr. RADANOVICH. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of 
Marcella Oberti upon her 100th birthday. A celebration will be held for 
Mrs. Oberti on her birthday, December 6th.
  Mrs. Marcella Oberti was born on December 6, 1909, in San Francisco, 
California. Her mother was a native San Franciscan and her father was 
an immigrant from Genoa, Italy. At the age of 5, Mrs. Oberti 
participated in the 1913 Pan-Pacific Exposition. As a young girl, she 
attended Montessori Grammar Schools in San Francisco. Upon graduating 
from high school, she attended the University of California, Berkley, 
where she majored in English Literature and Language. She graduated 
from UC Berkley in 1932 and began working for Bank of America in the 
legal division.
  In 1938, Mrs. Oberti married Frank Oberti and they moved to Madera, 
California. It was a large transition for her; adjusting from a large 
city life to rural country life. She became active in the community, 
joining various clubs and organizations. Mr. Oberti and his brothers 
were busy developing the Oberti Olive Company, which became Madera's 
largest industry at that time. The small company grew to include 220 
acres, processing over 120 tons of olives per day.
  Mr. and Mrs. Oberti have two children: Carla and Philip. Mr. Oberti 
passed away in 1984. Mrs. Oberti leads a busy life visiting San 
Francisco, playing bridge with friends, spending time with her family, 
friends and cat. She spends much of her time with Carla and her 
husband, Bill, Philip and his wife, Klina, her five grandchildren and 
her six great-grandchildren.
  Madam Speaker, I invite my colleagues to join me in honoring Marcella 
Oberti upon her 100th birthday.