Jennie Bettini was born in Martinez. She and her late husband, John, built their home in Menlo Park in 1933. Ms. Bettini was employed at a French laundry in Palo Alto for many years. Mr. Bettini worked in the family dairy business on Arastradero Road in Palo Alto.
The couple attended many functions at the Italian-American Social Club in Menlo Park and attended the Church of the Nativity. In retirement, Ms. Bettini loved ballroom dancing, taking part in the dance parties at Little House. "I knew every step, including the cha-cha," she says.
Although her dancing days are over, Ms. Bettini is happy to be living at home in Menlo Park, with the help of a caregiver. She sees her only son, Norman, frequently and talks to granddaughter, Linda, every day. Her nephew, Rick Ciardella, lives in Menlo Park, and another nephew, Larry Ciardella, resides in Milpitas.