Arnold John Adreani

Sep 24, 1936 - Jun 19, 2020


Arnold John Adreani, beloved husband of Marcia Cotter Adreani, passed away on June 19, 2020 at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. The son of the late Elena and Andrew Adreani, Mr. Adreani was born in East Boston, Massachusetts. He had been a resident of Elk Grove, CA for fifty years. He was 83.

After graduating from Boston English High School and Boston University, Dr. Adreani began his teaching career in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and continued in Groveton and Amherst, New Hampshire. He joined the Elk Grove Unified School District in 1970 as a principal at Sierra Enterprise and Cosumnes River Elementary Schools. In 1974 he was appointed principal at Joseph Kerr Middle School, a position he held until he retired in 2000. Adreani Elementary School opened in 2005 in his honor.

He has been an active member of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation since 1992, serving as President and Vice President.

One of his passions was sports, particularly the Boston Celtics. He also enjoyed playing racquetball, basketball, swimming and working out at the gym.

In addition to his wife Marcia, Dr. Adreani leaves three devoted children, Andrew J. (Linda) Adreani of Lynnfield, Massachusetts; Michael B. (Girlie) Adreani of Los Angeles; Mia S. Adreani of Santa Monica. He is also survived by his dear brother Earl E. (Annmarie) of Boston, Massachusetts, his sister-in-law Patricia and was predeceased by his brother Louis Adreani of Reading, Massachusetts. He was the cherished grandfather of six grand-children; Brandon, Lucas, Colin, Alexander, Amélie, Nora and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

A gathering to honor Arnie will be held when it is safe for all. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation, Adreani Family Scholarship, P.O. Box 2021, Elk Grove, CA 95624 or The Elk Grove Food Bank Services.


  • Tony Manzanetti says:

    Arnie, sorry to see you go. You are one of the world’s really great guys. It is an honor to be your friend. Hey, I’ll catch up with you on St. Peter’s racketball courts.

  • Kerri Rooney says:

    We were so sad to hear this sad news. The passing of Dr. Adreani is a loss for the entire community of Elk Grove. He epitomized all the goodness of this city. My children were all blessed to be greeted each morning at Kerr Middle School with his big smile and some encouraging words to start their school day off with. Everyone (students & parents) knew who the principal was as he made his presence known on campus (and off). Prayers and comfort are being sent to the entire Adreani family with a special big hug to Mrs. Adreani. You will remain in our prayers with love, Kerri & Patrick Rooney

  • Alice Meidinger Bennett says:

    It’s been several years since I was a student at Joseph Kerr (1976), I will forever remember Mr. Adreani’s smile and kind words he always greeted me with. He made a such a positive impact on many young lives, mine included. My sincere condolences to his family ~

  • Paulina Anderson says:

    On the sands of time, your footprints are left with glory. Everyone will know your name and shall recall your story…

    RIP Legend.

    Arnold Adreani Elementary
    PTA President
    Paulina Anderson

  • Ray Abe says:

    To the Adreani family, sorry for your loss. I can remember playing play ground basketball at Sierra Enterprise with Mr. Adreani. May he Rest in Peace.

  • Matt Pavelchik says:

    I didn’t know you well but always appreciated our conversations and your perspectives while in the CalFit steam room. Condolences to you family.

  • Jean Olson says:

    School and Scholarship – he made the world a better place. Now he can rest in Peace. My heartfelt sympathy to all the family.

  • Susan Otani Curtis says:

    My prayers go out to all your family and friends. You will be missed! I will remember you always as my Kerr Junior High School principal class of 1975.

  • Dr. Norman Lorenz says:

    Dear Mrs. Adreani and family:

    Dr. Adreani was an amazing educator, compassionate, stern, fair, and professional! Not only was he my principal at Sierra Enterprise, he was also ours at Joseph Kerr which gave us a great start at Elk Grove High! While in high school, Pam Carpenter and I had the honor of working with him from time to time while office aids at Sierra Enterprise. Although I know as family and for us a community, we mourn his loss, we are all a better people because of his tenacity and persevering nature for serving students, families, and our educational community of Elk Grove. He will be missed and always remembered for his dedication! ❤️Thank you for sharing him with us all these many years. Peace be with all of you.

  • Christy Kidd says:

    Dr. A was truly a wonderful educator, leader, and man. I can still see him clear as day greeting everyone in the morning at Joseph Kerr. Thank you for your service to the community and to Elk Grove’s children. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us. I’m so very sorry for your loss and am keeping you all in my thoughts.

  • Thomas Jenkins says:

    The most amazing and talented man I’ve ever known. He was a role and mentor model for all Principals and made all of us better. My children were blessed to have him as a Principal. To this day they say he was the single most important influence on their lives.

  • Sue Menebroker McElligott says:

    I was a student at Joseph Kerr in the late 70s and I remember Mr. Adreani as a kind and caring man. He frequently walked around the campus, talking and laughing with the students. Always a smile on his face and just a genuine, good guy. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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