Basham Funeral Care - Bakersfield
3312 Niles St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
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1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Josephine Lina Fanucchi Audap's long and fruitful life came to an end on November 3, 2016. She was greatly loved from the beginning of life as the baby of her family through decades of caring for others. She was honored and revered in her final years by all who were touched by her. She was born on Orange St. in Bakersfield on July 14, 1921. Her parents, Giuseppe and Annunziata Fanucchi, had emigrated from Lucca, Italy, and, to her delight, owned the Italian Grocery downtown where she was in charge of candy and snacks every Saturday evening as her father waited on customers.
She started school knowing very little English and excelled at St. Francis School. At Kern County Union High, her counselor, Leo B. Hart, recognized her academic prowess and proposed that she plan to go to college. After graduating from Bakersfield College, she earned a BA in English from University of California, Berkeley.
While at BC, Josephine met Michel [Mike] Audap. She didn't like the term `love of her life' but clearly, that was what he was. They married in 1942, while he was serving in World War II, and went on to raise nine children in Bakersfield, Wasco, and Delano. Mike preceded her in death in 1977.
Josephine's adult life was rich and varied, focused on family, community and traveling the world. Yes, she was a devoted matriarch and a great cook, but she was much more - a wise woman with the courage of her convictions. She was always open to new ideas. Her interest in and acceptance of people for who they were, and her ability to adapt to the changing times, were hallmarks and perhaps explain the devotion and love felt by so many people.
She held a set of values that informed her life: taking care of others and the earth, giving to her community, and thinking critically about right and wrong. She was a lifelong Democrat who loved nothing more than a good conversation about politics. Josephine was a journalist at heart. She was recognized recently as the oldest living former editor of the Bakersfield College
Renegade Rip
. She wrote as a "stringer" for the
Delano Record
and read the
New York Times
voraciously and critically. She had a great love of good writing, especially that of Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, and Jim Murray.
She was an active member and past president of Delano Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, Delano Friends of the Library, McFarland Women's Club, and Young Ladies Institute, and was active in them until recently. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Delano. She was a teacher at St. Mary's School and in Delano Unified School District.
Although she basically lived within 30 miles of her birthplace for her entire life, her travels took her to Syria and Egypt, Western Europe and the UK, Malaysia and Thailand, many parts of the US and most frequently to Juneau, Alaska, to visit family. She never missed a wedding or graduation. She lived in Delano from 1956 until 2015. From 2015 until her death, she lived in Bakersfield, in the loving care of Marthe and Bill Shallies, her daughter and son-in-law.
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, and brother; her husband; daughter, Molly Dyar; son, Steven Audap; and two infant daughters who were cherished and remembered. She is survived by her children, Susan [Dick], Oakland; Louis [Jackie], Juneau, Alaska; Patrice, Sunnyvale; Marthe Shallies [Bill], Pete [Denise], and John, all of Bakersfield; and Andy [Tina] of Palmer, Alaska. She was the supportive and wise grandmother of Mark Dyar, Suzanne Bledsoe, Natalie Audage, Kate Audage, Christine Triantafyllou, Michelle Hecker, Joseph Stendahl, Dominic Shallies, Meagan Velasco, Amy Flowers, Kelsey Audap, Brandon Audap, Bianca Fawley, Gina Audap, and Marianne Davis. She was proud great-grandmother to Hannah, Ellen, Claire, Sally, Ava, Logan, Lucca, Sienna, Jones, Louis, Thomas, Samuel, Sofia, Lukas, Nathaniel, Harrison, Kristina, Emily, Preston, Beckett, and Dahlia. She leaves nieces and nephews, cousins, and a lifetime's accumulation of friends and neighbors.
Josephine was a woman of rare grace, strength, intelligence and beauty. Her life will be celebrated at a funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church in Delano on November 11th at 11:30 am, followed by burial at North Kern Cemetery and lunch at the Delano Elks Lodge. Public viewing will be at Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles Street in Bakersfield, on Thursday, November 10th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to Community Action Partnership of Kern, 5005 Business Park North, Bakersfield, CA 93309 or the Delano Friends of the Library, 925 10th Avenue, Delano CA 93215.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2016
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