Elsie Valleen Marie (Costantini) Aboud died at home surrounded by her family May 25 at the age of 74.
She was born prematurely on Valentine's Day 1936 in Oakfield, N.Y., to Guiseppe and Maria (DiGennero) Costantini. She spent her early years in New York where her parents ran a boarding house. They later moved to Phoenix where Elsie met her future husband, Henry Aboud Jr,. in the eighth grade. She married Henry on Oct. 31, 1953, and they eventually settled in Pleasanton in 1965. She worked to help her husband through dental school. While raising a family, she was president of the Women's Dental Auxiliary, sold real estate, did secretarial work for Liberty Mutual and worked for JC Penny for 20 years until her retirement. After retirement she volunteered at the Pleasanton Senior Center for several years, completed the Pleasanton Police Citizens Academy, and assisted at the Superior Court, Tri Valley Youth Court.
Mrs. Aboud loved trains, Roy Rogers westerns, hot air balloons, playing "Moonlight Sonata" on her baby grand piano, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed family reunions in Phoenix and New York, loved gambling trips with family to Las Vegas and Laughlin, but best of all loved family get-togethers at her house in Pleasanton.
Mrs. Aboud is survived by her husband, of 57 years, Henry Aboud Jr.; sister Anna Fava and husband Geno of New York; sister Edna Bradley of Concord; brother John Costantini and wife Muriel of San Pedro; her children Sharon Caldeira and husband Bruce of Pleasanton, Ray Aboud and wife Chevelle of Tracy, Elena Kneale and husband Chris of Tracy, Henry Aboud III and wife Migle of Nevada; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. June 4 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3574 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton. Donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Fight for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX. 75265-0309; or Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin, Ca. 94568.
'Maggie' Eileen Di Laura
"Maggie" Eileen Di Laura, a longtime resident of Pleasanton, died at the age of 85 of a heart attack May 15 at Valley Medical.
She and her husband Sam owned and operated Di Laura's Restaurant on Main Street in Pleasanton for 35 years. After closing the restaurant, she followed her husband to Los Alamitos Race Track where he cooked for the jockeys. When he passed away in 1992, she took over the position of cook. Seven years later, she retired and returned to Pleasanton. In her retirement she enjoyed baking and doing crafts. She also enjoyed coffee downtown with the old-timers of Pleasanton.
Mrs. Di Laura was predeceased by her son Gerald; she is survived by her children Richard, JoAnne and Sammy; adopted daughter Gloria; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was buried May 24 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside with a memorial service the following day at the Simulcast Building at the Fairgrounds. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.