Remembering Alumna Shirley Minardi '50 Lewis

Remembering Alumna Shirley Minardi '50 Lewis

Shirley Minardi '50 Lewis
Sep. 12 1933 - Oct. 8, 2017

Alumna Shirley Minardi '50 Lewis passed away on the evening of October 8th in her San Jose home, surrounded by family.

Shirley balanced family, personal, and professional life with an almost incomprehensible grace. She loved good food, fine wine, and traveling. A lifetime resident of San Jose, she was one of the city's greatest proponents. Throughout the years she worked in city planning, held offices in local politics, and was a proud member and president of the Rotary Club of San Jose, among many other influential positions. In 2013 Shirley was recognized and honored as a Woman of Impact at Notre Dame's 5th annual event. Her story of commitment, tenacity and compassion inspired students, faculty and staff.

An avid cook, Shirley not only hosted family dinners for every major holiday, but also a yearly charity dinner that frequently pulled in thousands of dollars. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Lewis. She is survived by her six children, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and one sister.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life from 2PM-5PM on October 29th at History Park. Please RSVP by emailing
In lieu of gifts or flowers feel free to give to one her favorite charities/organizations in her honor:
Symphony Of Silicon Valley
The Sharks Foundation
Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation
Please call 408-297-6100 or mail a check to
1690 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112