Emily Grace Pimentel
August 21, 1928 – April 2, 2021
Emily Pimentel, age 92, earned her angel wings on Good Friday, April 2, 2021.
Emily was born on August 21, 1928 and lived her life in Milpitas. Her parents, Luis and Mary Pimentel, immigrants of Sao Miguel Azores, were early farming settlers in Milpitas, where they chose to raise their family. Emily was the second of four children.
Emily’s siblings who preceded her in death are Louie Pimentel Jr., Dorothy Beagle, and brother-in-law Clyde Beagle USN Ret. She is survived by sister Eleanor Pimentel, sister-in-law Ann Pimentel; numerous nieces and nephews including Gena & Bucky Bowen, Liz & Luigi Asuncion, Louise Just, Michelle Beagle, Curtiss & Angi Beagle, and Kyle & Gladys Beagle; grand nieces and nephews, including Michael & Lena Moreno, Jennifer Beagle, Jennifer Cuellar, and Alexander Beagle; and great-grand nephew and niece, Christopher Dault, and Aria Moreno. Emily also leaves behind several cousins, many friends, the many individuals whom she babysat as children, and beloved members of her congregation. She will be greatly missed.
Emily went to the original Airpoint school on Calaveras Road high on the hill near where the old family home was located. Emily went to Milpitas Grammar school, which she was happy to see grow into the current Milpitas Library.
Emily led a simple life, taking babysitting jobs for children of family, friends and residents in her neighborhood. Her love and gentle care touched the lives of so many young people in their formative years. Much of that love was returned to her two-fold. She was like a second mom and best friend to so many.
Emily cared deeply for her nieces and nephews, as if they were her own children. She had a way to make them feel safe, loved, and protected. She was a kind and gentle lady who will always hold a very special place in the Pimentel family. Emily was an active member of her congregation at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She was part of the Alter Society at St. John Church and also at St. Elizabeth Church. She was a member of the Young Ladies Institute at St. Clare’s Parish, which is a non-profit organization. For about 50 years, Emily helped in clothing drives for infants, children, and senior citizens. In addition to doing charity work, Emily loved her bingo! She was in her happy place once a week at her church bingo night. Emily also loved going to Casinos with the senior groups where she used to play the slot machines. She would come back with stories to tell about her winnings in Bingo and the Slots every time. Emily also liked to travel to see family members. She traveled to Hawaii (where she stayed for 6 weeks!), Washington state, Yosemite, and Arizona. Emily was a serious sports fan, she would spend hours watching games, then discussing them and arguing the high points with those in the family that also enjoyed the sports. Baseball was a favorite, especially because her brother in law was almost drafted into the White Sox. In baseball, the A’s were her favorite, she loved discussing the games with nephews.
Stories often told by Emily: When suffering a serious childhood fever and near death experience, she was 100% positive that a guardian angel pulled her from the brinks of death. From then on, she called upon her guardian angel, to wake her on time for special occasions and helping her cope with the struggles caused by that illness.
Emily enjoyed going to Martin’s beach and would recount a story where she was almost caught out in the tides. Luckily someone stepped forward to rescue her before that happened. Was this her guardian angel again taking care of Emily?
Emily told a story of having been caught in a little state of being tipsy. Her mother scolded the heck out of her, while her father just told her she could have been taken advantage of and don’t ever do that again. Then he had a really good laugh at how wobbly Emily was and helped her with the headache the next day.
10:00 am - 11:00 am
St John the Baptist Catholic Chuch
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cedar Lawn Cemetery
Friday, May 14, 2021
Emily Grace Pimentel
May 12, 2021
Our pain is Emily's gain, she has won the race and is in a better place. Miss you my YLI sister. Have a good time with my Mother waiting for me. Lollie
April 17, 2021
A great Christmas memory of sisters Emily and Dorothy. They loved the holidays and always shared time with each other. Two shining stars re-united in heaven. Love and prayers to you wonderful ladies.
April 16, 2021
We were so very sorry to learn of Emily's passing. She was a sweet, gentle lady. Emily had been a member of Young Ladies Institute (YLI) for over 22 years. Always attending meetings and events with a sweet smile for everyone.
Rest in peace, dear sister. May the angels take you to your heavenly home in paradise.
Emily will be remembered on Monday, May 17, 2021 at t he 8:00 a.m. mass at St. Clare Parish, 725 Washington Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050
With sisterly love and prayers,
St. Clare's Institute No. 119
April 16, 2021
Our family lost a very special lady, but Heaven gained another angel. You will be missed, Auntie Em.
April 16, 2021
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! But Jesus’ love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,
Pray to trust our Father’s Will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth-
You shall rest in Jesus’ land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
Saint John the Baptist Ladies Guild
April 13, 2021
On behalf of Saint John Ladies Guild we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family. Our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort for your loss. May God embrace and welcome her into Heaven. Rest In Peace with our dear Emily.
Emily has been a long time member of the Saint John Ladies Guild. She has served the church community for several years. Started helping prepare the altar for the mass and cleaning the linens during Father Pavalkis time.
We offered a mass for her on Sunday, April 18 at 12 noon at St. John the Baptist Church.
Saint John Ladies Guild