|Tombstones to Silicon|
in the shop when he was 15. More recently, Mike Del Sarto, 14, has begun hanging around the shop, doing odd jobs and learning how things work, said Fontana
Fontana also has three children, Stephanie, Theresa and David, who may one day join the business, although Fontana says they are not under pressure to do so.
Meanwhile, Elio, now 79 and still an excellent draftsman, continues to help out with design work.
His father Valerio, who once cut stone in the marble fields of Carrara, Italy, died in 1961. Valerio, a fourth-generation stone cutter, suffered a heart attack while working on a tombstone in a Colma cemetery.