Long time Calaveras resident Wilma Mae Apley Rossetti passed away on September 24, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton. A private graveside service was held on October 3 at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.
Commonly referred to simply as “Granny” Wilma was born December 18, 1925 in Lindsay California to Roy and Ruth Ryan Apley. Wilma grew up in Calaveras County and graduated from Calaveras High School in 1943 and later moved to Marysville where she graduated from Beauty School and met and married her husband John Skrbina. After moving to Stockton, she opened her own beauty shop where she worked until the family moved to Burson in 1963. Shortly after moving, Wilma lost her husband John and was left with the task of raising 4 young children on her own. Wilma worked simultaneously at Lake Camanche, Purple Pear and Rossetti’s Restaurant to support her family. While working at Rossetti’s, Wilma met and married Geno Rossetti where she helped operate the restaurant along with the Rossetti family. In addition, Wilma and Geno also operated the Burson Market. After Geno’s passing in 1984 Wilma, her sister Barbara McCaslin and longtime friend John Huston took over Club Paradisio in Valley Springs which they re-named Apleys Restaurant in 1985. Wilma eventually retired from Apleys Restaurant in 1995 after over 30 years in the restaurant business. Not being one to sit idle Wilma then went to school and received her Massage Therapist License to use for the enjoyment of her family and friends.
Wilma loved being around her family and making sure everyone was well fed. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, spending time on their houseboat, fishing and anything that brought her outdoors. Her greatest pleasure was seeing the joy in her family’s faces at the many family gatherings at her house “on the hill” in Burson. Wilma was a “giver” always thinking of others first. Truly a kind and beautiful soul.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Ruth, husbands John Skrbina and Geno Rossetti, brothers Carl and Maurice Apley and sister Barbara McCaslin.
She is survived by daughters Jane (John) Wright and Christine (Douglas) Tripp, sons John and Gaylord Skrbina, grandchildren Alvin (Sheri) Newton, Jason Newton, Christopher (Corinne) Skrbina, and Kimberly (Nick) Salemme, and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Marigold Corporation (Alzheimer’s/Dementia support -Tax ID 68-0376566), c/o Golden Haven, 2324 Lever Blvd, Stockton, CA 95206
Private service was held October 3, 2020 Cherokee Memorial Cemetery