1906 Quake Survivor's Body Returns To SF

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    Kim Legge

    A funeral mass for Jeanette Scola Trapani, one of the oldest survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, was held Monday in San Francisco.
         
    Trapani had been suffering from pneumonia and passed away at her home in El Dorado Hills a week ago.

    Trapani rode in a 1931 Lincoln last April  to mark the 103rd anniversary of the quake.  She sat next to 103 year old William Del Monte.  Both smiled and waved to the crowd gathered at Lotta's fountain.

    Her Funeral Mass was held Monday morning at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Pacific Heights.  That is the church where Trapani married her husband of 67 years.  Her children said they wanted to bring their mom back to San Francisco for her funeral.

    Trapani had clear memories of the disaster, even though she was only four years old at the time, her daughter Dolores Legge said.

    "She vividly remembered the terrible smell of the smoke from the burning city and how she and her family had to live in a tent in the Presidio," Legge said.

    Trapani was born on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill on April 21, 1902 and she was raised in the city. She married Vincent Trapani in 1929, and they remained married until his death in 1996.