Barbara Asti Bennetti

May 2, 1942March 21, 2013
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A loving wife, mother, and daughter, Barbara entered into rest on March 21, 2013. She lost her long battle with cancer. She is survived by her mother, Sue Asti, her husband of 41 years, Tony, her son, Matthew, daughter-in-law, Maria, her daughter, Kristen, and son-in-law, Tom. She is also survived by her favorite grandchildren: Lucas Joseph, Leah Sue, Nico Asti, Ani Eleanore, and Dylan Hannon. She was delighted that each middle name related back to earlier generations of each family. Family was Barbara's greatest source of satisfaction and fulfillment. Born and raised in San Francisco of Italian descent, she graduated from Presentation High School and San Francisco State University. She taught elementary school in Bayview-Hunters Point, Vallejo, and Sunnyvale during a career that spanned some 36 years. She touched the lives in a positive way of over 1,000 students in her classes and at the schools where she taught. She was held in high esteem by faculty members, administrators, and parents, forming lifelong friendships with many of them along the way. Travel, reading, cooking and "catching up" were special diversions in her life. She was gifted with a wonderful sense of humor. Conversations, especially over a meal or on the phone, were her favorite pastime. She was a charter member of the ABCS and the Seven T's. You'll know who you are. She was also very close to the Presentation alums, the Saint Chrisopher's and Bellarmine communities, and was a treasured friend of many SCU alums. Visitation will be held, Monday, 4/1 from 5-9PM at Lima Family Santa Clara, 466 N. Winchester Blvd. Santa Clara. Mass will be held, Tuesday, 4/2 at 9:30AM at St. Christopher Church, 1576 Curtner Ave, San Jose. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to a charity of your choice , the Hearst Cancer Resource Center, 1941 Johnson Ave, Suite 201A, San Luis Obispo, CA 9340 or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street 8th floor, New York, NY 10022.


  • Visitation Monday, April 1, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Mike & Mary Lynne Donnelly

June 22, 2013

We knew Barbara as a charming, delightful, and engaging lady. We are truly saddened at the loss of a good friend. We extend our sincerest condolences to Tony and the entire family.

Donald Yamaguchi

June 13, 2013

My deepest condolences to Tony and family. One of my favorite travel companions. I will always remember your smile. ------- Don Yamaguchi

Presentation Sisters

May 7, 2013

The Sisters of the Presentation are praying for your family during this difficult time. May God bless you with love, comfort and peace.

Louise Sanders

April 23, 2013

Barbara I think about you everyday, you are so missed. I'm glad you are at peace and the suffering is over. I have great memories of you when you polished my nails when I was five, and when I was ten and spent a couple of days with you while you were attending college, you took me to school. Wish we had more time as adults. You are missed your cousin Louise

Sergio,Carol Iantorno

April 13, 2013

Barbara's thoughtful and caring. ways made her very special; her life is now fulfilled. She is now at peace in God's presence! Sergio and I have many sweet memories of Barbara. With loving thoughts and special heartfelt prayers

Carol Vuica

April 11, 2013

So very sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. Our paths crossed as our children were at St. Christopher's school. Such a sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers to the family from The Vuica family

Lorene & Lew Milligan

April 3, 2013

Rarely are we blessed with such a wonderful friend. We shared so many great times and laughs. Our trip to New York, and our Palm Springs adventure come to mind.
We will always remember her and her kindness.
She was the Italian Meals on Wheels when anyone was ill.
Thank you, Barbara for being our friend...
Lorene and Lew

April 3, 2013

Dearest Barbara,
You had a sweet and wonderful way about you. I can still hear your laughter after we shared many chilhood memories; After all we had been neighbors and friends for many years. Though our path would cross every so often throughout the years it was so easy to continue where we had left off.You will be close to us in memories and prayers . May the Lord give strength to your beloved family. You will be missed.
Carol Dahlberg Iantorno
Sergio Iantorno

April 2, 2013

How sorry I am to read of the passing of Barbara Bennetti whom I met while working for Tony at the City Attorney's Office. She was a most gracious lady, and I most certainly enjoyed the many years of association with Tony. Does bring back many memories. My condolences to the Bennetti family. May she Rest in Peace.
Lily Maffei D'Ambrosia

Frank Grengo

April 1, 2013

Barbara was a dear friend, wonderful teacher, and my colleague in Sunnyvale School District for many years. God bless Barbara.