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Genoveva Pinon Obituary

Genoveva Z. Pinon
Genoveva Z. Pinon

January 3, 1932 - August 15, 2020
Born in Eagle Pass, TX
Resided in San Pedro, CA
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Genoveva (Genny) Piñon, of San Pedro, California, 88, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Monterey Park after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family. Genny was a devoted mother, sister, aunt, godmother and friend to many who knew her.

Genny was born on January 3, 1932 in Eagle Pass, Texas to Manuel and Maria Zarate. While growing up in Eagle Pass, she helped raise her brother, Daniel, and her two sisters, Esther and Yolanda. In August of 1944, she moved with her family from Texas to California. The family lived in Santa Ana, then Compton before settling in San Pedro. She attended Barton Hill Elementary School, Dana Jr. High and San Pedro High School.

Genny left high school at the age of 16 to work at Star-Kist Tuna on Terminal Island to help support her family. Genny worked at Star-Kist until she married Luis Piñon in 1960. Luis was in the United States Navy, stationed at Terminal Island. They had two children, a daughter, Margarita, and a son, Luis, Jr. Genny and Luis divorced in 1970 and Genny went back to work at Star-Kist for two years. She went on to work for Harbor Crest Convalescent Home and retired from Little Company of Mary Hospital. While her children were in school, she volunteered her time at Holy Trinity Elementary and Mary Star of the Sea High School.

Upon her retirement in 2000, Genny devoted her time caring for her mother. She helped her garden and shop and they often drove to the harbor to see the ships. They both loved to play cards and played daily until her mother passed away in 2001. Genny loved to travel with her family by car and drove throughout the Western United States and Mexico. Extended trips to Sacramento to visit her son, Luis, were special. They visited San Francisco and Lake Tahoe and watched movies with plenty of popcorn.
In her spare time, Genny worked in her garden, spent time being with her family and friends and cared for her dog, Estrella, and her parakeets, Andy Garcia and Al Pacino. She also found time to care for our dogs Jack, Rex, Chiquita, Samantha, Buddy Boots Riley and Belle. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed gazing and studying the stars. Her visits with her daughter and son-in-law included playing dominoes, loteria and rummy. She always won!

We are so blessed to have Genoveva as our mom. She was the rock of our family; never thinking about herself, but doing for others instead. She worked and sacrificed so much for her family and cared deeply for others. My brother and I will be forever grateful to her.

Genny is preceded in by death by her parents, Manuel and Maria Zarate. She is survived by her daughter, Margarita Piñon Gutierrez and her husband, Dennis; son, Luis Piñon, Jr.; sisters, Esther Zarate Delgado and husband, Joe; Yolanda Zarate; brother, Daniel Zarate and many nieces, nephews and goddaughters.

The family is holding a viewing at McNerney’s Mortuary in San Pedro on Wednesday, August 26th, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, August 27th at Holy Trinity Church in San Pedro, followed by burial at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach.

For friends and relatives who would like to send flowers, Fleur de Lys florist in San Pedro: tel: 310-833-4300.




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McNerney's Mortuary
570 W. 5th Street
San Pedro, CA US 90731