South San Francisco, CA January 22, 2018
Romolo John Braschi, born June 2, 1925, died Jan. 16, 2018, in Maple Valley, Washington, where he lived with his wife Shirlee Hoch and stepson Zachary Hoch.
Rom was born in Harrison, New York, to Romeo and Antonia Braschi of Meldola, Italy. He moved to South San Francisco at age 9. After graduating from South San Francisco High School, Rom served in the U.S. Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he attended San Francisco State University earning his bachelor’s and master’s in education. Romolo spent 65 years serving the children of South San Francisco as a teacher, principal, school board trustee and co-founder of the South San Francisco Foundation for Youth.
He was predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Elaine Braschi (née Mooney). He is survived by his wife Shirlee Hoch; his three children John, Paul and Cate; his granddaughter Emma Sharpe; Shirlee’s six children and their children.
In lieu of flowers, please donate your time or money to children and to education.
From South San Francisco School District Trustee John Baker:
Our deepest condolences to the family of former SSFUSD Board Member, principal, and teacher Romolo “Rom” Braschi, who died yesterday at the age of 93.
Braschi started his career with the district in 1949 as a 6th grade teacher at Magnolia School. From 1951-1953, he was a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Buri Buri. In 1953, he became the Assistant Principal at Spruce and Linden. He then became principal at Sunshine Gardens and was there from 1957-1985. He retired in 1985. Mr. Braschi came back to the District as a School Board Member from 2005-2008.
There are no further details at this time about memorial services. My personal condolences to Shirlee.