When Don passed away in 2016, Renata continued to travel and dive, even after knee surgeries, and to volunteer on Alcatraz Island in the restored gardens. The Parks Conservancy began work on the gardens in 1994 with the support of the Garden Conservancy, and Renata was the first volunteer before there even was a formal volunteer program. She liked to say she was the Number One Volunteer. She didn't limit herself to regular volunteer days but liked to go "as much as I can because I know what needs to be done and I know how to do it"! Her nephew Lorenzo of Trento commented "that Renata was always full of motivation and enthusiasm for her involvement in the Alcatraz Gardens project, that represented for her a special moment of physical and mental regeneration."
Renata passed away on June 29 at the age of 79. She thoughtfully named the Parks Conservancy as a beneficiary of her estate. We are grateful to Renata and Don for all of the ways that they committed their support to our parklands.
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