Julia M. Fanucchi

06/16/1922 - 01/08/2015 Obituary
Julia M. Fanucchi Obituary
Born in Bakersfield, the second of seven children, to Luigi and Rosa (Banducci) Bertolucci, Julia attended St. Francis School and Kern County High School (BHS). She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Ray, her brothers Andrew and Ido, sister Eda (Joseph, deceased) Burich and grandson Michael Fachin.
Julia is survived by her brothers Leo (Carmel, deceased), and Louie (Rosemary) Bertolucci, sister Alva (Ugo) Quilici, sons Carl (Barbara) and Larry (Margaret) Fanucchi, daughter Patricia (Larry) Fachin, grandsons Robert (Carissa), Richard (Marcie), Ronald (Toni) and Gary (Michelle) Fanucchi, granddaughters Teresa Fanucchi and Michelle (Steve) Azevedo, great-grandchildren Emily (John) Wood, Andrew, Stephen, Giovanni, Julia, Dominic, Nicolo, Alessandro, Gino and Isabella Fanucchi, great-great- granddaughter Sonya Wood (whom Julia affectionately called "Squirt"), sisters-in-law Rita (Andrew) Bertolucci, and Esther (Ido) Bertolucci Burich and numerous nieces and nephews.
Julia was an excellent cook and enjoyed demonstrating her culinary skills late into her life. She passed down many of her favorite traditional dishes from her parents' native village of Tassignano, Italy to her daughter, granddaughters and the wives of her sons and grandsons. She was especially happy when great-grandson Andrew asked her if he could have a favorite cookbook he saw in her kitchen so he could cook some of her dishes for his college roommates. Her ravioli and tortas were especially prized by all the family and several lessons in their preparation were held to pass on the tradition. Julia also spent a few years as a cook for Munsey School. A life-long member of St. Francis Parish, she was active in the school and parish activities, usually involving preparing food for large crowds.
Julia has been a member of the Italian Catholic Federation - Branch 33, a member of the Woman's Club and Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a past president of the Women of Italian Heritage. That organization recognized Julia as the Woman of The Year in 1983. An accomplished seamstress, she taught many young women that art. Her knitted afghans and embroidered table covers are cherished by those who received them. The canning of olives and fruit and league bowling were favorite activities in younger years. In more recent years, she enjoyed the company of her Tuesday Card Group and Friday Lunch Group.
The family wishes to express our sincere gratitude for the loving assistance our mother received from her caregivers, Carol Sparks ("Sparky"), Karla Givens, Cricket Pixler and her housemate and in-house personal chaplain, Lorraine Abbott. You ladies have a special place in our hearts for being there during some difficult times. Thank you to Dr. Albert Peinado for your help with Mom's care these last months. Your accessibility and understanding at critical moments is greatly appreciated .. Monsignor Craig Harrison, the family is forever indebted to you for all you have done for Julia and Ray.
Services will be held at St. Francis Church, 900 H St., Bakersfield, 8:30 am Friday, January 16, 2015 with Monsignor Craig Harrison officiating. Interment at Union Cemetery
Pallbearers will be Robert, Richard, Ronald, Gary, Andrew and Stephen Fanucchi. Honorary pallbearers will be Michelle Azevedo and Emily Wood, Teresa, Giovanni, Julia, Dominic, Alessandro, Gino and Isabella Fanucchi.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Julia's memory to the new St. Francis Parish Youth Center c/o St Francis Church, 900 H St., Bakersfield, CA 93304.
Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 13, 2015
Read More