Another little piece of Old San Francisco slipped away with the passing of SF native Ida Amato on May 6, 2021. Born in 1930, Ida grew up in North Beach, graduating from Lowell High School. Both sets of her grandparents immigrated from Italy. On any day that was warm enough, Ida and her 2 best girlfriends Karen and Eleanor headed to a little beach in the marina. As a young girl, Ida was full of life, always smiling. The branches of her family represented everything about the history of San Francisco--they were hardworking, involved in the unions and politics. Ida’s father bought the house that became the family’s home for generations in the avenues having saved for this dream all of his life.
Three generations lived together in the home once Ida married Nick Amato and they had their own children, with the grandfather making wine in the basement while happy days passed in the two stories above, filled with love and security in the family’s home in America. Labor Day trips to the Russian River with cousins was the family’s big, yearly vacation. Ida and Nick had 3 children, Dianne, James, and David. James passed away as a child. Ida stayed home raising Dianne and David until they went off to elementary school and she went with them, her first job in the cafeteria at Sutro Elementary School, before continuing on to Bechtel for the rest of her career. Ida was an avid runner and loved politics. Politics were her strongest passion next to living in San Francisco. When people speak about Ida, kindness is the adjective always used.
Ida lived and loved her life in the city of San Francisco where she spent all of her 90 years proud to be a daughter of what she considered to be the best place on earth. In her later years, her son David took her to the Presidio, to Fort Point reveling in the beauty of the city. So as Ida Amato leaves her beloved home in Inner Richmond district, the city of San Francisco lost one of its biggest fans, a true daughter of the City. Ida is survived by her daughter Dianne and family Eric and Shaun, son David, grandson Nick, god daughter Joanne and husband Rob, nieces and nephews Sal and wife Pam, and family, Phillip and wife Laura and family, Angie and husband Sean and Tiffany, cousins Gemma, Lidia and her husband John and family Natalie, Julianne, Vince and Chloe, sister-in-law Mary, Oriano and his wife Dina and family Sandro and Sabrina, along with many other family and friends in the Bay Area.
Mom, we love you--thanks for everything
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Friday, May 14th, 12:30PM – 1:30PM at Garden Chapel 885 El Camino Real, SSF. Chapel Service will begin at 1:30PM. Procession to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma for committal.