Phyllis Nita Magnaghi
March 1, 1918 – February 7, 2021
Phyllis Pedroni Magnaghi was born on March 1, 1918 in the town of Healdsburg, California. Phyllis passed to heaven peacefully on Sunday, February 7, 2021.
Phyllis’ parents were both born in the Italian town of Chiavenna, which is located in the region of Lombardy. Having migrated to Healdsburg, Mary and Charles Pedroni, in addition to daughter Phyllis, had three sons: Alfonso, John and Mel Pedroni (now all deceased).
Phyllis grew up on her parents Healdsburg ranch which grew numerous fruit trees and a wide variety of vegetables. While working at a Healdsburg Five & Dime Store, she met her future husband, Roy Magnaghi. He would often boast that he found his million dollar baby in a retail shop. She married Roy Magnaghi in 1941. Roy was a Military Policeman during WWII and a Marin County police officer. Roy built their San Rafael home that Phyllis lived in until last year.
After Roy’s passing, Phyllis has had the friendship of two gentlemen. For twenty-four years Joe Messina was a close friend. After passing, Phyllis met a gifted artist, Frank Holland. They have been friends for the past 10 years.
Phyllis is survived by her loving daughter, Mary Ann, Godchildren Lisa Bridges of Petaluma, Dan Muzinich of Los Angeles, Dan Pedroni of Oregon, Elaine Pedroni of Healdsburg, Den Perolini, and many cousins and friends. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Roy, daughter Donna and Mary Ann’s loving partner, David Crook.
Burial will be private with a possible celebration of her life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society Dining Room, 820 B Street San Rafael, CA 94901 or masses for Phyllis.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Phyllis Nita Magnaghi
February 12, 2021
Mary Ann, I was so sorry to hear of your Moms' passsing. I have vivid memories of Donna and I coming to your house after school and we had to be ever so quiet while Phyllis was watching General Hospital. She darn near outlasted the soap opera. Lots of good memories that will be with me for a long time. Love and prayers, Judy