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Frances Ibleto

Frances Lucille Ibleto, who was born 82 years ago into greater Petaluma's pioneer Corda family and met the man of her dreams at a Sons of Italy dance, died Friday in the town of her birth.

Through most of the nearly 50 years that she was married to Angelo Ibleto, her help was key to the wedding photography, meat-cutting and deli businesses that he founded.

"Everything that he did, she supported in any way that needed to be for him to be successful," said one of the Ibletos' two daughters, Angela Dellinger, also of Petaluma.

Frances Ibleto was renowned for her passion for the 49ers, the thoughtful greeting cards she sent to relatives and friends, her cooking and the way she loved to dance.

"She couldn't always get Dad out there," Dellinger said. "But, fortunately, in the Corda family dancing alone or with your cousins was perfectly fine."

Ibleto died at Petaluma Valley Hospital after a long siege of cancer and lung ailments.

She was born into the third American generation of one of western Sonoma and Marin's best known and most successful dairy ranching families.

She graduated from Petaluma High School in 1949 and found work as a clerk at downtown Petaluma's historic Volpi's market. From there she wrapped cheese at what is now the Marin French Cheese factory.

She married Angelo Ibleto, the meat-master brother of "Pasta King" Art Ibleto, in 1965. With her help and encouragement, he developed a series of businesses that include his current Angelo's Meats shop outside of Petaluma, his line of specialty foods and Angelo's Wine Country Deli in Sonoma Valley.

For decades until her health declined, Frances Ibleto worked alongside her husband. "She did everything," daughter Dellinger said from Angelo's Meats.

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