Debbie Marangoni suffered a stroke, and passed away peacefully in Concord on July 18th, eight days after celebrating a delightful 76th birthday with family at her home in Martinez. Debbie was born in Concord on July 10th 1946, the daughter of Patricia (Reardon) and Elvino “Al” Marangoni. She attended school in Martinez, graduating from Alhambra High School in 1965. She finalized her education at Diablo Valley College in June 1976 with an Associate in Arts degree, and afterwards received a Certificate of Achievement from DVC for completing a course as a Nursery School Assistant in January 1977.
She went on to work for a number of years at a local Martinez Montessori school, putting her education with children to good use. She rode her Honda C70 (Passport) motorcycle there every day. That Honda C70 was the first ever sold in Walnut Creek. Debbie was an exceptional watercolor artist, painting many landscape sceneries of her own design. Her skill at sketching these scenes was phenomenal. She also worked in clay, creating pots and vases of beautiful quality.
Debbie had a love of all things Hawaiian and Polynesian, and many of her watercolor artworks were influenced by the natural beauty of the flora found in Hawaii. She made many trips to Hawaii to bask in the beauty of the nature and Polynesian culture there. Debbie created her own comic strip, “Walt,” who is a very cranky, but insightful, cat. Her comic strips were published regularly in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, under the pseudonym “D. Reardon.” “Walt” was a very good example of Debbie’s pencil sketching skills. Debbie had deep affection for animals and owned many cats and dogs over the years. She always took exceptional care of them, many of them living far into their late teens.
In later years she lived at and helped work on the family ranch in Covelo, California, tending to different animals and raising egg chickens. The eggs were certified by the USDA and were sold to the local neighbors as well as commercially to the Covelo Market. Debbie, Jon, and Jim’s mother Patricia, being Native American, were involved in many of the political events of the late 60’s and 70’s, and Debbie would accompany her to many Native American Pow-Wows and similar events. This afforded Debbie the opportunity to meet high profile individuals such as Sasheen Little Feather and Buffy St. Marie.
After her father passed, Debbie and her mom had to become permanent residents once again in Martinez. Debbie helped take care of Pat until she passed in 2016. She loved her family, her animals, water aerobics, shopping, and art, especially Chinese pottery and watercolor. Debbie will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. She leaves two brothers, Elvino “Jon” (Kimberly), Jim (Sharon), her aunt Gloria Marangoni, and many cousins. Debbie requested to have her ashes scattered along with those of her beloved dog Rex and her cat Mandy, somewhere “under the trees.”