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Concetto Ignatius Consolazione

September 17, 1929 - February 6, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: February 18, 2019

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Concetto Ignatius Consolazione was born on September 17, 1929. The
youngest of three children, his was the final piece that completed the
Consolazione family puzzle. Fully formed, the Consolazione’s left the
frozen tundra of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to plant their roots under the
golden skies of San Francisco, California. This would turn out to be a
fortunate move, as San Francisco would assume a vital role in
Concetto’s identity. For the rest of his life, he would never stray far
from his city by the bay.

He spent his youth playing baseball in the streets of North Beach. The
same streets that Joe DiMaggio wandered, as he was quick to point
out. He would eventually enroll at Sacred Heart Catholic Prep, where
he built the skills necessary to pursue a degree in finance from the
University of San Francisco.

When the Korean War broke out, Concetto answered his country’s call.
He enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country bravely for 3
years. “K”, he would say, referring to being toughened up by his
military service. Broken leg? Splinter? “K”.
Concetto took great pride in his membership in these institutions. His
connection to the city of San Francisco, his military service, his Sicilian
heritage (never Italian). But nothing brought him more pride than his
family. He built a 40+ year career with Blue Shield, not to become a
titan of industry, but to provide for his wife and kids. It was his life’s
work. And in this regard, he was wildly successful. He went by many
names over the years: Concetto, Connie, Chet. But none so important
as “Babe”. Initially a moniker ordained by his grandchildren, it became
his calling card. A fitting name for a man larger than life with a heart of gold.

He is preceded in death by his parents Filipo and Antonina
Consolazione, his sisters Stephanie Troy and Marie Evans, and his
loving wife Frances Consolazione.
He is survived by his daughters Anna George and Teresa Velasco; his
grandchildren Adam Velasco, Matt Velasco, PJ George, and Amanda
Velasco; and his great grandson, his pride and joy, “the little guy”,
Mateo Velasco. They miss him dearly, but feel truly blessed for being a
part of his long and happy life.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, February 18th at 10:00am.
It will take place at St James Church, 125 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy,
Petaluma, CA 94954, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Concetto’s
memory to the Down Syndrome Association North Bay, a group
committed to advocacy, awareness, and support for individuals with
Down syndrome and their families.
For more information, and to donate, please visit https://dsanb.org