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Elizabeth Jeanne
Cortesi (Franklin)

December 9, 1928 – August 12, 2020

Elizabeth Cortesi
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Obituary for Elizabeth Jeanne Cortesi (Franklin)

With family by her side, Elizabeth “Lisa” Jeanne (Franklin) Cortesi, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2020 in Lodi, CA at the age of 91.

Lisa was born on December 9, 1928 in Barberton, OH to parents Henry and Anna (Yurchiak) Franklin. Her family owned two businesses in Barberton, the Yurchiak Bros. Grocery and the Brown Derby.

In 1946 Lisa graduated from Barberton High School and in 1947 married Theodore Stratford. Together they had six children. As a military family they were stationed on Air Force bases in Washington, D.C.; Laon, France; Hampton, Virginia; and Novato, CA. Later in life, she divorced and married Larry Cortesi and lived in Belmont, CA where they started a business, Carlmont Cameras. After retiring, they moved to Rohnert Park, CA. Lisa lived many happy and fulfilling years in the Rohnert Park and Cotati communities.

Lisa loved football; her favorite team was the San Francisco 49er’s. Discussing politics and doing the People’s magazine crossword puzzles were some of her favorite pastimes, as well as gardening, dancing, and listening to Frank Sinatra. Every day she looked forward to walks with her little dog and companion, Mr. B. Most of all, her favorite days were spent in the company of her devoted and loving family. Her wonderful sense of humor and engaging laugh will be greatly missed.

Elizabeth is survived by her six children: Timothy (Carole) Stratford; Karen (Larry) Stratford; Patricia Stratford; Raymond Stratford; Kathy Lawrence; Susan (Robert) Stratford; step-daughter Ami (Cortesi) Cooper; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sibling Patrick Franklin.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband Larry Cortesi; former husband Theodore Stratford; son-in-law Robert Lawrence Jr.; step-son Rex Cortesi.

As Lisa desired, there will be no memorial service but a family Celebration of Life planned at a later date.

The family of Lisa Cortesi wish to give their sincere thanks for her care to the medical team at Vienna Nursing & Rehab Center in Lodi, CA.

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