Friends of the University

Elizabeth Mary Ginty, born May 25, 1917, the beloved daughter of Peter Francis and Margaret Mary Hamill of Oakland, died peacefully at her home on October 7, 2012 at the age of 95. She was a lifelong resident of Oakland/Piedmont having been born in Oakland, attending Piedmont Avenue School, graduating from Oakland Technical High School and completing two years of business college. She lived and raised her family in the same Piedmont home for nearly 67 years. She was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church her entire life where she, as well as her mother and her daughter were married. She was active in the Mothers Club at St. Leo’s school, from which her two children graduated. She was a volunteer and officer with the Holy Family Guild and a member of the Catala Club of Santa Clara University for over forty years. Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a devoted caretaker of family and friends throughout her life. She was always cheerful and friendly to anyone she met; a ray of sunshine in any room she entered. She delighted in being a native Californian and was especially proud of her Irish heritage and her extended family in Ireland, whom she visited on many occasions with her late husband and brother and her grandchildren. Elizabeth was predeceased by her devoted husband of 53 years, John Francis Ginty, founder of Ginty Supply of Walnut Creek and by her dear brother, Edward Hamill of Oakland. She is survived by her daughter Margaret Shumm and husband Gary of Menlo Park, CA and her son John F Ginty, Jr. ’70 and wife Maureen of Alta, CA. Elizabeth is also survived by her six grandchildren, Meghan Shumm Oliveri ’01 of Danville, Erin Shumm and Kathleen Shumm Tuttle ’05 both of San Jose, Flynn Ginty of San Francisco, Britte Ginty of Rochester, Minnesota and Devin Ginty currently residing in Helsinki, Finland; and her great-grandchild Emily Tuttle of San Jose.

08 Nov 2018