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Celia Ann DeMartini

Violist Celia Ann DeMartini of Tiburon died Aug. 29, 2017, at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center following a massive stroke. She was 65.

DeMartini was one of the legions of musicians who assemble a professional career by traveling to other communities in Northern California to perform. She was a regular violist in many Bay Area and regional symphonies, including the Berkeley, Vallejo, Napa and North State symphonies, the latter since 2010.

For a musician profile that North State Symphony posted on its website, Ms. DeMartini said she knew she wanted to be a musician since she was a kid, when she realized it was something she could be really good at.
"I love music and it is a joy to be in the midst of the sound and contributing to it," she said.

As is the custom of professional musicians, she continued to take lessons. In recent years, she studied with Catherine Van Hoesen, who performs with the San Francisco Symphony and is an instructor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, her husband said.

Ms. DeMartini was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Lyford Cove neighborhood of Tiburon, the daughter of Elmo and Ann DeMartini. She graduated from Reed Union School District schools, Redwood High School and attended Mills College before going on to receive her bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University.

In years past she was a property manager in San Francisco, and had worked as an insurance property inspector, and database analyst/programmer. She also had held a contractor's license and real estate broker's license. She managed and published Sports Marketplace, a weekly sports-related classified.

A dedicated athlete, she loved hiking, cycling and swimming, especially in open "quite cold waters." In her free time, she swam for the Tam Aquatic Masters team and was a life member of the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco. Years ago, she took a long hiatus from her music career to become a successful competitive triathlete.

She and her husband, John Parodi, another Tiburon Peninsula native, spent their honeymoon cycling down the coast from Eureka to Corte Madera. Her hiking trips included treks in and out of the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. She also loved to cook.

Ms. DeMartini moved back into her parents' home in Lyford Cove after the death of her mother. She told her North State Symphony interviewer that the best advice she was ever given was a favorite saying of her father, "We have a long road to hoe."

"It means to me to look at the big picture, focus on the goal and keep working toward it," she said.

Besides her husband, Ms. DeMartini is survived by her brother, Marc DeMartini of Seattle.

A memorial service has been held.

Donations in her memory may be sent to Marin Humane, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949; Meals on Wheels/Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901; or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, Texas 75062.

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