View the image gallery Anita Gastaldi was born February 26, 1925, in Oakland, California. She spent her childhood on her family's ranch in Morgan Valley, Lake County, California. Anita rode her horse 3 miles to attend a one room school house in Morgan Valley. Even as a young child she played a major part in the operation of the ranch. This included riding her horse to round up cattle and sheep and plowing the fields using a team of horses. She truly enjoyed tending to the many animals that the family raised. This love of animals stayed with her throughout her life. In her twenties, Anita worked for Thompson-Diggs Wholesale Hardware in Sacramento. At this time she met Leon M. Gastaldi and they were married April 5, 1947.Together they operated a pear and cattle ranch in Gold Hill for nearly 50 years. They had 5 children and formed close relationships with the Gold Hill community. In addition to her love of animals Anita loved to travel, garden and sew. Anita was adventurous and independent. She was a long term member of The Ladies Farm Bureau and participated in the committees that oversaw 4-H scholarships. She also served at election day polling places. Anita is preceded in death by her husband, Leon M. Gastaldi, her son, Joseph Gastaldi, her mother, Gussie Landman, and her brothers, Jack Landman and Raymond Landman. Anita is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law; Linda Shoemake and Stephen Shoemake, Marilyn Gastaldi and Donald Hendricks, Polly Gastaldi-Therkildsen and Craig Therkildsen, and Sonia Gastaldi-Ward and Timothy Ward. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Leland Hendricks, James Ward, Carly Therkildsen, and Stacy Therkildsen. Three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive her. Anita was a very kind and generous person and her family was the center of her life. She was greatly loved by her family and will be deeply missed.