Native Santa Rosan, Julia Mary Bussman, passed away peacefully October 27th, 2012 surrounded by her family. Julia was born to Italian immigrant parents Erminio and Nina Turcatti. She spent eight years of her childhood living at the La Rose Hotel which her parents managed from 1927 to 1934. She graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1937 and from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941 at the young age of 20. Soon after graduating she began a long and fulfilling career as an elementary school teacher, beginning at Roseland Elementary School. She took a break from teaching when she married her beloved husband, Marcellus Bussman in 1946 and raised two children, John Bussman, and Marcia Bussman Clayburg. Marcellus was also a native Santa Rosan and a World War II air force pilot. She retired from teaching at Lincoln Elementary School which she also attended as a child. Once Julia and her husband retired they began traveling around the country and abroad including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Panama Canal and Europe, Julia and Marcellus loved dancing with their "Merry Go Rounder" friends and taking long drives throughout Sonoma County. Julia belonged to many clubs and organizations such as St. Rose Young Ladies Institute(YLI), Rose Red Chapter, Sonoma County Retired Teachers Association, and Santa Rosa High School Alumni Association, to name a few. She especially enjoyed her events and lunches out with her Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority sisters. Julia loved to spend time gardening and reading as well as visiting with her family, neighbors, and friends. Her two and half year old great granddaughter, Elsa brought her the most joy these past years. Julia was a long time Giants fan and was very happy they made it to the World Series. Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Marcellus, and her brother, Herman Turcatti. Besides her two children she leaves behind a son in law, Jesse Cisney; a beloved grandson, Lenny Clayburg and his wife Lisa Scheftner; two step grandchildren, Dylan and China Cisney; and an adored great granddaughter, Elsa as well as extended family and friends. Public visitation will be held at Eggen and Lance Chapel, 1540 Mendocino Ave. from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2nd. A graveside service will be held at Shiloh Cemetery, 1750 Shiloh Road, Windsor on Saturday, November 3rd at 1:00 p.m. A reception/celebration will follow at Julia's home, 1141 Murray Court, Santa Rosa, 95404 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In place of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 30 Kawana Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, Ca. 95404 or your
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2012