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Natalina "Natalie" Pasquini

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Natalina "Natalie" Pasquini Obituary
Natalie Mary Banducci was born February 27, 1922 in Bakersfield to her parents Armando and Guila Banducci. At the age of 94 she passed peacefully after a long and fulfilled life. She lost her mother in an auto accident when she was ten, and became the "woman of the house" for her father and brother, in the depths of the Great Depression. She attended local schools and graduated from Kern County Union High School. On June 28, 1941, she married Harry Pasquini, her high school sweetheart.
Natalie had many friends she developed over the years with her warm personality, sense of humor and was well liked wherever she went. She was devoted to her family, always served a spaghetti dinner on Sundays as part of her Italian heritage, and for several years she and her first cousins would get together for a monthly luncheon. She loved the time she spent working 20 years for Luigi's Restaurant alongside her good friend Lorraine Ghilarducci, working there to earn her "mad money". She, Lorraine, and other friends were avid bowlers, always in a bowling league, entering tournaments, and earning numerous trophies. One of her interests was an extensive collection of turtle pins and knick-knacks. She looked forward every December to the Madonna Exhibit held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and until the past few years, she was active in the Women's Guild at the church. All her life she was a consummate seamstress, sewing for the family, including prom dresses, Halloween costumes for her grandchildren, and doll clothes. She also was talented at crocheting, knitting and needlepoint. Then in later years she discovered her passion of quilting, making many treasured quilts for all of her family members over the years. When she had made enough quilts, the quilts would be numbered, and then there would be a drawing to select which family member would get the matching quilt. She also belonged to quilting groups at Creative Stitchery and Rasmussen's Senior Center.
Natalie demonstrated her indomitable spirit several times in the last two years in dealing with and overcoming various medical conditions, she was "small but mighty".
Survivors include her children, Julie Battistoni, Francine Rucoba, and Paula and husband Michael Portuesi. Her grandchildren, Gina and husband Tim Meert, Monika and husband Trey Crawford, Tony Hill, Amy Caraway, Erica and husband Chris Martinez. Her great-grandchildren, Macy Stewart, Ally and Madison Meert, Quintin and Greysen Crawford, Brandon and Justin Martinez, and Brooklyn Hill. Her great-great grandson, Rowan Hough, and her nephew, Mike Banducci.
Natalie was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Pasquini, who died two days after their 50th Wedding Anniversary, her brother Natalino "Shorty" Banducci, and her grandson Robby Battistoni.
Memorial donations in Natalie's memory may be made to a .
Rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM on September 30, 2016 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 28, 2016
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