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Norma Breton obituary

Posted: Monday, Feb 11th, 2013

PASO ROBLES — Norma O. Breton, beloved mother, passed away peacefully at her home in Paso Robles on Dec. 19, 2012.

Norma was the third child born to Arnoldo and Victoria Catteneo Carminati, who immigrated from Switzerland. Norma, along with her brothers, Lorenzo, Waldo and Joe, and her only sister, Helen, grew up and worked the family dairy on North River Road.

Norma was the beloved wife of Clifford F. Breton of Rumford, Maine. The couple met and married during World War II while Clifford was stationed at Camp Roberts,

As CWO4 in the Army, Clifford was sent to Europe after the war to disperse payments to the American troops. Shortly after, Norma followed, bringing along their two young daughters, Norma and Vicki. The family was stationed in Lido, Italy, for two years and then in Frankfurt, Germany, for another two years before returning to the states. Back in the states, the family moved to Port Chicago, where their third daughter, Valerie, was born. Next, they were off to New York and Port Benjamin Harris, Ind. But soon thereafter Clifford was sent off to the Korean front and, in Clifford’s absence, Norma returned with her three daughters to Paso Robles to be closer to her Carminati family. Once Clifford returned, the family was off again to Fort Hood, Texas, for a four-year tour of duty. Clifford’s last military assignment was at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii, for two years. The couple then decided to retire with their family to Monterey. After being married for 40 years, Clifford passed on Jan. 28, 1973.

Norma Carminati Breton is survived by her three daughters, Norma Geyer, Vicki Breton and Valerie Briscoe. She was a loved and adored grandmother by Vince Marotto, Ron Marotto, Vicki Marotto, John Briscoe and Katherine Briscoe, and her great-grandchildren, Dario, Karina, and Briana Marotto and Dane Dreste.

Norma’s deep love and dedication to Saint Rose, her Catholic parish in Paso Robles, was seen in her extensive involvement of raising funds for the Catholic school and for children with blood disorders such as leukemia and Cooley’s anemia. Her greatest love was for her many friends and relatives. She was a good listener and her home was always open with cookies and coffee waiting. She wanted to hear from everyone and was disappointed if you didn’t stop by or call.

Our mom was an example of faith, kindness, generosity and service. We are incredibly grateful for her 86 years of life and rejoice as she joins our father in heaven after living a wonderful life.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to benefit Cooley’s Anemia patients at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Donations may be made in memory of Norma Breton either at or addressed to Children’s Hospital Oakland, 2201 Broadway Ste. 600, Oakland, CA 94612.

A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church in Paso Robles. Father Roberto Vera will officiate. A reception will follow at St. Rose Parish Hall.

For the complete article see the 12-21-2012 issue.

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