Mery Vicario

July 12, 1931September 5, 2018

Mery Vicario, age 87, was living in Carlsbad, CA at the time of her sudden death on September 5, 2018.

Mery was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on July 12, 1931 to Sima and Elda Adanya. During WWII, her family had to leave their homeland, so Mery spent much of her childhood living in several different countries in Europe, with her parents and two sisters, Regina and Alice. In April 1949 they all finally settled in Argentina.

She married José (Bebe) Vicario in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 1958 and on their honeymoon made the voyage by ship to the United States, where they made their home in Berkeley, CA, and their two children, Andrea and Daniel, were born. Mery spoke six different languages and was a teacher of History, Civism, Literature, and Languages. She loved her students and they adored her. She was always helping her children’s friends, her friends’ children, nephews and nieces, neighbors, or anyone who came to her, needing help to pass a test or exam. Not only did they pass, but she took pride in the fact that they had also learned.

Mery was anxiously awaiting (and knitting for!) the arrival of her first great-grandchild. Mery deeply loved her family and they were the center of her life: her children Andrea & Claudio Garcia and Daniel & Paula Vicario; her sisters Regina Adanya Chicano and Alice Adanya Galdeano; her grandchildren Ivan (Holly), Carolina, Marina (Kasey Warner), and Martin Vicario; her nieces and nephews; her dear family friends Evangelina Garcia, Peter and Donna Harris, Del Piero family, Bertero family, Jelena Kolarovich, Cristina Curto, and so many more dear friends. Mery was preceded in death by her husband Jose Vicario (1992), her grandchildren Maria Eugenia Garcia-Vicario (1995) and Nicolas Garcia-Vicario (2011), and niece Ginny Coelho (2012) whom she loved immensely. Mery will be deeply missed by all.

Till we meet again Mom, Grandma, Mery. Love you always!


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Regina Adanya Chicano

September 20, 2018

My dear Sister Mery,
You were always so generous and good to me. I have always loved you and always will.
You did a lot for me and we had a wonderful childhood, which I have such fond memories of. Growing up, you would let me wear your clothes, even if you had never had a chance to wear them yet. You were the kindest and sweetest sister, and I wasn’t deserving of such.
Unfortunately, life led us in different directions, but that didn’t take us from each other’s hearts.
I’ll miss you, I’’ll miss you a lot. At least we would talk on the phone, and now I can’t even do that. But never mind; you are in my heart and I talk to you still.
God bless your wonderful children and your wonderful grandchildren. I am sorry you did not get to see your great grandchild. But you’ll see him from up above and he’ll know how much you love him.
I will always love you, my dear, kind, sweet sister Mery!

Paula Vicario

September 20, 2018

Para mis queridos primitos Andy y Dan y familias, sepan que los estamos acompañando en su tristeza y recordando a la querida tía Mery🙏🏼💕 con el amor y cariño que nos regaló siempre. Su calidez, alegría y generosidad derramada dejaron frutos de amor. Los tengo en mi corazón❤️
Un abrazo sostenido de,
Paula, Ernie y Luli.

Marcela Zunino

September 19, 2018

Extrañaremos mucho a nuestra querida Mery.
Compartimos innumerables horas con ella en las epocas en que viajabamos a Seattle o recibiamos visitas desde Seattle.
Mery (la embajadora) siempre tenia algo amable para decir.
Mery (la maestra) siempre tenia una leccion para ofrecer.
Mery (la historiadora) siempre ofrecia discusion inteligente de hechos historicos.
Mery (la artesana) siempre compartio sus hermosos tejidos.
Nos quedamos con un monton de recuerdos felices, de risas, de juegos, de momentos compartidos en familia.
Que descanses en paz!
Marcela & Luis Zunino y Evangelina Sanchez

Cristina Damasco de Curto

September 19, 2018

Querida Mery,
Siempre estarás con nosotros, acompañándonos con tu cariño, comprensión y sabios consejos.
Has dejado tu huella mi querida amiga, y junto a nuestras familias, intentaremos seguirla para lograr un mundo mejor.

Christina Del Piero

September 19, 2018

Mery Vicario was a true global citizen with a vibrant intellect. She loved people. Injustice broke her heart. She cherished the highest ideals of this her adopted homeland. Mery was more than a dear friend- we have counted the Vicarios as family from those early days in Berkeley. Mery's deep and broad education, her passion for a peaceful world to welcome future generations, her artistry and generosity in knitting, and her deep love for people (especially the very young) have long moved me. I expect her to be a guardian angel of every child she has knitted for, including those yet to be born. We honor your powerful legacy, dear Mery! (This is an early photo of my mother, Mary Del Piero, with her dearest friend, Mery Vicario, as my father walks ahead carrying me.)

Tomas Zunino

September 19, 2018

En francais!

Growing up in a French immersion education system, Mery was always so supportive and so encouraging - we would switch to French for long stretches during family visits. I will always remember our friendly (and competitive) card games with Tia Andy, Bela, and my mama.

Tu me manques Mery.

Michelle Zunino

September 19, 2018

Te voy a extrañar mucho Tía Mery.

You were a big influence in my desire to learn languages and see the world, and I will always remember you as someone who has always shown me nothing but kindness and support. The beautiful things you have knitted for me over the years have kept me warm in the cold Canadian winters, and I'll continue to wear them and think of you.

Sending lots of love to the Vicarios and my Tía Andy and Tío Claudio...


Cecilia Carlsson-Soares

September 19, 2018

Querida Mery,
Gracias por todo tu cariño conmigo y con mis hijos. And thank you for knitting beautiful sweaters for my kids, just like my grandma used to knit for me. Como en esta foto, un sweater que hicistes para Valentina, 2015.
Te queremos mucho hoy y siempre🕊
Mucho amor,
Ceci, Ger, Ezequiel, Valentina & Luke

Marilo Mizzau

September 18, 2018

Para nuestra abuela del ❤️ Y la bisabuela de Bianquita del ❤️ Te vamos a extrañar, junto a tus lindas historias de vida, tus abrazos, tus cantos en italiano, tus hermosos tejidos hechos con tanto amor y dedicación.... y tantas cosas más! No te conocemos hace mucho pero en poco tiempo te conocimos mucho! Te mando junto a Marcos y Bianquita un abrazo apretado al cielo lleno de todo ese amor que nos brindaste Sobre todo a TU QUERIDA Bianquita, me quedó con esa última charla merendando las 3 ...vos , Bianqui y yo , sin siquiera saberlo te fuimos a dar la despedida , y por lo que me contaron estabas feliz de haber visto a Bianqui ... te vamos a extrañar ❤️🙏 pero lo más lindo es que se que tuviste una vida muy linda llena de amor y dejaste una imagen hermosa de abuela en muchos corazones 💕 hasta siempre Mery/ Grandma!

Alexander Portela

September 18, 2018

SO much love to the Vicario family <3
She will be missed very dearly!

Un fuerte abrazo