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Vivian K. Smare

July 15, 1921 ~ September 19, 2017 (age 96)

Vivian Smare passed peacefully on September 19th. Happily married to Marin “Mario” Smare, Jr. for 55 years; survived by sons Ron & Tom, sister-in-law Susie and nieces Lilian, Paulette, Kathleen and nephew John.
Vivian was a farm girl born & raised in York Nebraska who went to a one room school house and graduated from York High School at 16.
She was a small town girl at heart who also loved the big city. Her adventures quickly carried her from York to Denver, Los Angeles and then San Francisco, where she met her husband Mario on the steps of the Avalon Ballroom in 1947.
Vivian & Mario married in San Francisco in 1950 and began their family with sons Ron in 1955 & Tom in 1960. After living in the Marina District in San Francisco and Westlake Daly City the family moved to San Jose in 1967. Vivian was a very loving and outstanding wife & mother.
She had a long and satisfying career working for the FBI and Union Pacific Railroad, and later as a legal secretary, notary public and personal assistant. Her remarkable organizational skills along with her ability as a spelling savant made her invaluable to all of her employers and family.
Vivian loved her family, her dogs, dancing, horseback riding and traveling the world. She also loved bowling with Mario and all her many friends, and also enjoyed her gambling trips with her sister Alice and family & friends.
Vivian was always a happy person who lived a full and satisfying life, and she will be missed by all who knew her.
Memorial service Wednesday 9/27 at 11:00am at Darling Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel, 231 E. Campbell Ave. Campbell CA 95008. Burial service following at 1:00pm at Gates of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Dr. Los Altos, CA 94024.

 Service Information

Funeral Service
September 27, 2017

11:00 AM
Darling & Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel
231 E. Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008


Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
22555 Cristo Rey Drive
Los Altos, CA 94024

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