Patricia Ann Costaglio worked more than three decades as a registered dietician, and in retirement she journeyed with her husband to at least two dozen countries around the globe.

Costaglio died Tuesday at her home in Santa Rosa. She had battled cancer for more than seven years.

Her family recalled her as a caring person and a woman of faith who lived life to the fullest.

"She was very fair and her integrity was great," said Frank Costaglio, her husband of 51 years.

Costaglio asked that her exact age not be disclosed, her husband said. But the family did note that she had graduated high school in Michigan nearly 63 years ago, in 1951.

Born in Windsor, Ontario, she grew up in Grosse Point Woods, Mich. and graduated from Marygrove College in Detroit in 1956.

Costaglio moved to San Francisco in 1958. She met her future husband at a July 4 gathering on the roof of her apartment building, where Frank Costaglio's sister also rented a unit.

After their marriage, the couple moved to Rohnert Park in 1962 and to Santa Rosa in 1973.

She worked as a dietician for hospitals in San Francisco and at the old Warrack Hospital in Santa Rosa. She also worked as a consultant for a few years for local convalescent hospitals.

But most of her career was spent as the dietician and food service manager for Healdsburg General Hospital. She worked there about 24 years and retired in 1990.

In retirement, Costaglio and her husband took a number of cruises. Their travels abroad included Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America and a number of islands in the Caribbean.

She was a member of St. Eugene's Cathedral. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gatherings with family and friends, plus gardening and bridge.

Survivors include two children, Steve Costaglio of Santa Rosa and Cathy Costaglio of San Jose; three step-children, Frank Costaglio of Hillsborough, Geraldine Horak of Yucca Valley and Dave Costaglio of Petaluma; two siblings, Mary Louise Clark and Richard David Liddell, both of Michigan; and six grandchildren.

A Rosary service will be given at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Roses. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Eugene's with entombment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

The family prefers memorial contributions to Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 4900, Santa Rosa 95402 or the Cutaneous Lymphoma Research Group, Attn: Youn Kim, M.D., 900 Black Wilbur Drive, Stanford 94305.