Ms. Pardini, relatives say, loved to be surrounded by her family. "She would light up when her grandchildren were with her," according to family members. She enjoyed singing Greek songs to them; making cookies, chewing bubble gum, watching scary movies and going on shopping trips with her seven grandchildren, ranging from 11 month old twins to a 12-year-old.
Friends say that once anyone met Ms. Pardini, they were friends forever. Toni Imbimbo, who met Vicky Pardini about 28 years ago when their sons were both preschoolers, says that "her heart was so big and simple, she just pulled you in."
"She was the glue that kept everything and everyone together," Ms. Imbimbo said of her friend. "There was no such thing as a quiet moment in her life. Every minute was spent with family or gathered with friends."
Ms. Pardini's family members say that she also liked painting rooms, porcelain dolls and ceramic houses. Relatives say she also enjoyed "doing bookkeeping, getting good deals and fighting for what she believed in and winning."
Vicky Kostakis was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1959. She lived there for seven years before moving to Canada and then Daly City before the family settled in Millbrae when she was a teen. She graduated from Mills High School and received an associate's degree in accounting from Heald College, and worked much of her adult life as a bookkeeper.
Mrs. Pardini kept up with a group of her classmates from Mills, organizing an annual lunch get-together for as many as 20 of them each year.
Dan and Vicky met when she was 19 and he was 21, while he was working in his father's Speedo Ignition shop. When she came to pick up her car after a small repair and asked what she owed, the elder Mr. Pardini told her, "Just let my son Dan take you to lunch and we will call it even."
The two were married in 1980 and would have celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary in May.
Vicky and Dan Pardini had four children, including a daughter Christina who preceded her in death.
The Pardini family lived in Woodside from 1989 to 2000, when they moved to Redwood City, where they owned Dan Pardini's Autobody and Fabrication. They lived there until 2015, when they moved into a home the family had spent 10 years building themselves on land in Redwood Valley.
Vicky Pardini is survived by her husband Dan Pardini of Redwood Valley, California; her parents Mary and Stavros Kostakis, sister Stella and brother Chris Kostakis, all who live near Athens, Greece; her sister and brother Irene and George Kostakis from Redwood City; brother Mike Kostakis from Santa Rosa; sons Stavros (Danielle) and Peter Pardini from Redwood Valley; son Danny (Amy) from Ukiah; and seven grandchildren: Austin, Shaylee, Delilah and Savannah from Ukiah and Serafina, Persephone and Colette from Redwood Valley.
The family plans to hold a celebration of Ms. Pardini's life on May 20 in Huddart Park in Woodside. The Almanac will post details when they are available.
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