CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Edna G. Barretta, 90, passed away Monday, June 11, 2007 at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Center in Charlottesville, Va. Edna was born Guadalupe Gonzalez on March 25, 1917 to Ismael and Refugia (Falcon) Gonzalez in San Diego, Texas.
Along with her three brothers, "Lupe" was raised on the ranch that had been in her family since the Spanish settlement of Texas. She loved horses and never forgot the joy of riding her pony. She attended the University of Texas and graduated with degrees in education and journalism. During WWII, she worked at Brooks Medical Center in San Antonio where she met 1st Lt. Peter Barretta Jr. and they were soon married.
After the war ended, she taught English as a second language to Hispanic children and adults at Sheppard Air Force base in Wichita Falls, Texas. When her husband's career took them to Alexandria, Va., she pursued her love of childhood education by serving as the Director of Mount Vernon Nursery School on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria for 10 years. In 1957, she and her four children joined her husband in Tokyo, Japan, where she enjoyed the life of an officer's wife, developing a love for golf, photography, oil painting, and Chinese cooking. Returning to the USA in 1961, she and her family lived in Waynewood, a suburb of Alexandria near Mount Vernon, for the next 40 years, before moving to Our Lady of Peace Retirement Community in Charlottesville, Va. She was an active member of the Waynewood community, and she participated in her children's school activities especially the Fort Hunt High School Band. She shared her avid love of bowling as a youth bowling league coach and Penn Daw Youth Bowling League president for more than 25 years. She was a devoted Redskins fan and wore her trademark rhinestone Redskins pin year round. She remained a Texan at heart and was known to her family and friends as "the Yellow Rose of Texas."
Survivors include her husband, retired Col. Peter Barretta Jr. (USAF) of Charlottesville; their children, Rosalie G. Barretta of Charlottesville, Va; Elizabeth (Reggie Davis) Barretta-Davis of Earlysville Va., Peter A. Barretta III of Port Deposit, Md., and Patricia F. (Robert) Steele of Chapel Hill, N.C.; her daughter, Martha V. (Cheto) Perez of San Diego, Texas; eight grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
Viewings were held at the Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, Va.., on June 18 and 19. A memorial Mass celebrating Edna's life followed on Tuesday, June 19 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, also in Alexandria, Va. Final interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, with the final burial service at Fort Myer Chapel on August 1, 2007 at 2:45 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Demaine Funeral Home of Alexandria, Va.