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Catherine  M.  Etezadi

Obituary for Catherine M. Etezadi

February 19, 1925 - June 8, 2019
Millbrae, California | Age 94


Our beloved Catherine passed away on June 8, 2019 at 94 years of age at her home surrounded by her loving family, close friends and wonderfully caring aides at the Magnolia of Millbrae. Catherine leaves behind her daughter, Susan Etezadi (Marianne Barrett), her son David Etezadi, her niece Marianne McKone of Nokesville, Virginia and numerous friends and relatives.

Catherine was born on February 19, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Joseph McKone and Irene O'Neill. Catherine was 100% Irish. Her paternal grandfather owned a tavern on Stanton Island and her maternal grandfather was a captain in the New York City Police Department. Catherine had an older brother who was a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force and who, along with his wife, Marian, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. Catherine's parents are buried at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. Her father was a traveling salesman, so the family moved often as she was growing up. The family lived in Arkansas, New York, Missouri, where she graduated high school. Thereafter, Catherine attended Business College in New London, Connecticut.

During World War II, Catherine worked as a stenographer for the Underwater Sound Laboratory in New London, Connecticut. A year later, the family moved to Rodeo, California, where she went to work at the American Smelting and Refinery Company for the next seven years.

In 1952 Catherine joined the American Foreign Service. She was stationed in Tehran, Iran for three years as an Administrative Assistant for the Point Four Program. During her time in Iran, she witnessed and photographed the 1953 Iranian coup d'etat, known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup d'etat, where Prime Minister Mosaddegh was overthrown. While on leave and stationed in Iran, Catherine traveled throughout Iran and India. She also traveled throughout Europe on the Orient Express. In 1953, she met Hooshang Etezadi, who worked for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. . In 1955 they returned to the United States to be married. They lived in New York City, where Hooshang was assigned to the United Nations Security Council and Catherine worked as a secretary and administrative assistant for Riegel Paper Company on Madison Avenue. Their daughter, Susan, was born while they were living in New York City.

Thereafter, the family returned to Tehran, Iran during which time their son, David, was born. Catherine and Hooshang lived on and off in Iran for over 20 years and eventually moved to Marin County where they remained for twenty-one years. Catherine loved the Iranian people and culture and had treasured memories of her time living in Iran and raising her family. She learned to speak Farsi and cook delicious Persian food and had many Iranian friends and family. Catherine and Hooshang owned property in Lake Tahoe and enjoyed many happy times there with their children. They traveled the world together and enjoyed numerous cross-country road trips throughout the United States.

In 1999, Catherine and Hooshang moved into a senior community in Lincoln Hills, California, where she lived for the next fifteen years. Hooshang passed away in 2003 after forty-eight years of marriage. Catherine and her daughter traveled extensively together over the ensuing years and spend many wonderful days enjoying life together. Eventually, Catherine moved to the Magnolia of Millbrae in Millbrae, California in 2014 to be closer to her daughter and the Barrett family. Catherine loved the Barrett family like her own. She enjoyed many wonderful social gatherings with the Barretts and loved Laverne Barrett, the matriarch of the family. Catherine and Laverne loved each other and enjoyed a special closeness. While at the Magnolia of Millbrae, Catherine met many wonderful people and enjoyed reading, playing bridge, scrabble, and dinners in the grand dining room with her dear dining table mates (Helen Warren, Barbara Fronk, Mildred Whited & Sherry Neuman). Catherine loved spaghetti and meat balls, club sandwiches, popcorn, cookies, ice-cream and mocha frappachinos. She had a wonderful appetite for food and life. She was independent, very intelligent, gracious, courageous and brave. She was never fear based. She lived her life with honesty, dignity, compassion and strength.

All who knew her will remember her for her intelligence, her sharp wit, her keen sense of humor and her interest in people and cultures from all around the world. She was open-minded and inclusive of all people. She instilled these same qualities in her children.

Catherine's family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers and staff at the Magnolia of Millbrae who did an outstanding job of taking care of her over the years. The family also wishes to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and caring staff at Kaiser Redwood City, especially Dr. Anagha Jain and her staff for their care and compassion. Further, the family thanks the wonderful caring staff at Satellite Dialysis Center in San Mateo, where Catherine received dialysis for the last three years of her life. These wonderful people made Catherine's life so much more enjoyable as her medical challenges progressed. They were her angels on earth.

A rosary is scheduled at Crosby N. Gray at 2 Park Rd. in Burlingame on June 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine's Catholic Church at 1310 Bayswater Ave. in Burlingame on June 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

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