April 25, 1925 — Sept. 1, 2012
Carmel Furger died on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. She was 87 years old. A native of Oakland, Carmel attended Saint Elizabeth elementary and high schools. She and her husband Robert (Bob) Furger raised their five children in Saint Elizabeth’s Parish before moving to Placerville in 1980. In 2009 she returned to Oakland to live at Mercy Center, where she was a resident until her death.
Carmel was a graduate of the Providence College of Nursing and after graduation joined the Army Nurses Corps. Later, she worked at Providence Hospital and volunteered at the hospital clinic. She was a faith-filled woman who lived a life dedicated to the service to others. A devout Catholic, she was a Third Order Carmelite and was active in this community in both Oakland and Placerville. She served as a member of the Stephen Ministries, was a Eucharistic minister and for more than four decades devoted time each week to visiting the elderly and housebound.
Carmel took up golf later in life and also loved watching the Oakland A’s and Notre Dame football. She saw many games at the Coliseum, traveled to Spring Training, and even got to see the Fighting Irish on their home field. Carmel loved poetry and up until her last days would recite epic poems she learned in grade school. She was a talented seamstress and knitted and crocheted blankets and baby sweaters for her grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She painted, played piano and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. She delighted in her natural surroundings – from the birds outside her kitchen window on Galindo Street to the deer and squirrels that she watched from her porch in Placerville.
Carmel was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her daughter, Mary Jo Padilla; her sister, Mary Souza; and her brother-in-law, Frank Matarrese. She is survived by her son, Frank Furger; three daughters, Sue Jurasek (Tony), Dennise Eskridge and Roberta Furger (Gary Kershner); three sisters, Fran Matarrese, Aggie Morrison (George) and Sister Ann Marguerite Souza SSJC; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and dozens of nieces and nephews.
We will all miss her strength, her sense of humor, and the twinkle in her eye that stole Bob’s heart so many years ago.
A rosary and funeral mass will be held at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 3109 Sacramento Street in Placerville on Friday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. A private interment will follow at Westwood Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements are through Holy Angels-Cooper Chapel. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Mercy Retirement and Care Center or Saint Elizabeth High School in Oakland.