91, of Saratoga, Calif., passed away May 3, 2006. Gwen is survived by her daughter Joey Vaudagna; her son-in-law Jim Vaudagna, three grandchildren - Dina, Kevin, and Scott, and two great-grandchildren - Keegan and Carly. Two daughters, Anna Johnson and Kathy Ornstein, predeceased Gwen by several years.
Gwen's first career was as a Naval Nurse, stationed at Pearl Harbor. There she cared for Admiral Nimitz as his private duty nurse when he had malaria. Gwen's second career was a preschool teacher. In 1988, she was honored by the Professional Association for Childhood Education as the Teacher of the Year for the state of California.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on May 8, at 4:00 p.m. at Presentation High School Chapel, 2281 Plummer Avenue, San Jose 95125. Remembrances may be made to Presentation High School. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Los Angeles. Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary serving the family.
Published in the San Jose Mercury News on 5/6/2006