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In Memory of

Theresa Cook

August 6, 1924 - March 6, 2015

Obituary


THERESA (Terry) ALCHERA COOK
August 6, 1924 - March 6, 2015

At rest "On Angels Wings" in the hope to be with loved ones who have paved the way into the HEREAFTER as they did in the life of Theresa. Her beloved Mamma and Papa were northern Italian immigrants. There on the other side is her brother Aldo Andrew Alchera, her nephew Don Alchera, and also her beloved husband John M. Cook.

It was life lived at the "best of times" in San Francisco's Marina district. After graduating in 1942 from Galileo High...

THERESA (Terry) ALCHERA COOK
August 6, 1924 - March 6, 2015

At rest "On Angels Wings" in the hope to be with loved ones who have paved the way into the HEREAFTER as they did in the life of Theresa. Her beloved Mamma and Papa were northern Italian immigrants. There on the other side is her brother Aldo Andrew Alchera, her nephew Don Alchera, and also her beloved husband John M. Cook.

It was life lived at the "best of times" in San Francisco's Marina district. After graduating in 1942 from Galileo High School with a Block "G" for the acknowledgment of her athletic endeavors, it was then on to continuation of her education at San Francisco City College. That was unfortunately interrupted with the outbreak of WWII. Young students went to war and professors also LEFT. Classes for career and goal-minded young women in subjects of retail, art, and business were no longer on the roster.

The world changed and life took on another path. While working at the Emporium in downtown San Francisco as a Junior executive, love conquered all with her wedding in 1944 at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral to 1st Lieutenant John J. Muscardini (deceased).

"La Famiglia" began with the joy to both families of the births of Joan Muscardini (Lovan) and Michael Muscardini. Michael is now the wine maker of the family as owner of Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood, Sonoma County, and thus carrying on the tradition of Papa Alchera's St Helena Napa Wine Co.

While raising her beautiful children, she had a career as a fashion coordinator at Joseph Magnin's. Early in 1967, when San Francisco was the Mecca of the film industry, there was an opportunity for her to join the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. This career was very fulfilling and included being on location in the "Streets of San Francisco" television series. There were countless films in between with the last film being "9 Months". Stunt driving in the movie "Bullet" was part of the thrill as were the memorable experiences of being on location in film, television series and commercials for over 25 years with world renowned stars.


Retirement came about with her marriage to JOHN M. COOK. There started a life of happiness and travel.

Lap swimming was a personal part of her life. With that passion, she not only taught her children to swim but to also give other children an opportunity to learn to swim in the local public pool as a San Bruno Parks and Recreation Commissioner. For sixteen years it was an honor to serve the community on this Commission.

Now came for the time for her to serve as a political advocate by becoming a member of the Republican Women Federated in San Mateo, also in Sonoma, and then in Auburn, CA, which was her last and final home.

With regards to the next generation her grandchildren are Mark Priolo, Bret Priolo, Giancarlo Muscardini and Marie Muscardini. Also step grandchildren, Kellen and Leea Crosgrove. The never ending circle of life is with great grandchildren, Bradley, Brandon, Khalil, Aya Mila, Siena, Rocco, Cali and Kellen Jr.

"And so to family and friends and dear son-in-law Allan Lovan "Ciao!" "Time to say Goodbye." Theresa Alchera Cook

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Theresa's name to Hanna Boys Center at P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476 or at hannacenter.org.