Barbara Ruth Pinelli, age 56, passed away unexpectedly on November 28, 2019. “Ruthie” to family, Barbara to her police family, was born in San Francisco on August 18, 1963 to her loving parents, Ray and Barbara Pinelli. Raised in Daly City she attended Our Lady of Mercy grammar school and St. Rose Academy, Class of 1981. Like her father, she had a love of sports, especially baseball, working during HS and College as an usher at Candlestick Park. Barbara’s ambitions and future successes were focused in law enforcement. She graduated SFPD Academy in December 1986. Barbara had a distinguished 32 year career receiving a Gold Medal of Valor in 1994 and a Bronze Medal in 1995, among other honorable commendations throughout her years of service. She had great wit while always exhibiting extreme professionalism. She had a passion for cooking and kept her fellow officers well nourished. Barbara had a deep love of all animals, especially horses and dogs. She is missed by her dogs, Kenai and Makena and her mini donkey, Rudy. Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, James (Elizabeth) Pinelli and nephew, Mathew Pinelli. Barbara “Ruthie” will be deeply missed by her sister, Rae Marie (Steve) England; nieces, Carolyn England-Judeh, Erin (George) Landry, Sarah (Dave) Lofgren; her adoring grandniece, Fiona England and grandnephews, Hunter and Odin Lofgren, as well as many cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Sunrise Horse Rescue http://www.sunrisehorserescue.org/
The jayc Foundation https://thejaycfoundation.org/about-us/
Celebration of Life for Barbara Ruth Pinelli
January 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco CA 94118
Reception immediately following on USF campus. Private Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery at later date.
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