Marie Lucy Papetti

  • "Marie was a wonderful lady and we'll miss her very much...."
    - Sue & Erik Caspersen
  • "My thoughts and prayers are with the Papetti Family. Lana..."
    - Lana Helgelien/Gundersen
  • "Savior,Sal,Dom and the entire Papetti family,My thoughts..."
  • "Sal and family i am so sorry for the loss of your lovely..."
  • "For the papetti family"

Marie Lucy Papetti of Bellingham, WA died peacefully with her husband by her side the morning of Feb 16, 2013 at the age of 86 while on her annual vacation in Mazatlan. She was born April 17,1926 in Pittsburg, California she was the daughter of Domenico and Jennie Spinale. Savior and Marie were both from pioneer Italian fishing families and married on Dec 28th, 1947. They lived in Pittsburg for 5 years and then moved to a farm in Collinsville, Calif. where they raised sheep, chickens, hunted, fished, had a huge garden and lived off the land. After the Sacramento river closed to fishing, they relocated to Bellingham where Savior fished and crabbed the Puget Sound and Alaska and Marie started a day care. Her day care children called her "Miss Petty". She was a loving caring momma to many that still called her to this day. Together Marie and Savior ran a summer salmon fishing operation in Egegik and Naknek and other rivers in Bristol Bay Alaska over a period of 40 years together taking their children, grandchildren and many others for fishing opportunities. The legacy that they started with their family is still continuing today. Marie and Savior lived their lives fully, fitting so much into their 65 years together. They traveled the world enjoying the adventures of life including Europe twice, the east coast and Mexico every winter. Marie showed her love by feeding everybody all around the world. Her last flight she packed sandwiches for her plane ride and passed them around even to the guy who pushed her in her wheelchair at the airport. The first morning in Mexico this year she saw one of the beach vendors "Aurora" and insisted she have breakfast with her. Everybody knew her for her spaghetti, cookies, sandwiches and anything she could feed them. She would not take no for an answer. You had to take it or eat it. She always had a bag of cookies or a piece of hard candy for someone. You could never stop by for a quick hello, you had better come hungry because you would be eating her delicious cooking before leaving. After seeing a lifetime movie a few months ago Marie really wanted to donate her organs. She had great hearing so the family will be sending a donation to a hearing cause in her honor. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Joe and Charlie Spinale and sister Carmella Spinale. She is survived by her husband Savior, her brother Vince Spinale (Mary Ellen), her sons Salvatore (Nancy), Dominic (Karen), daughter Splendora (Don) Huizenga, grandchildren Savior(Christine), Denise, Dominic (Marisa), Michael, Estelle, Victor Papetti and Richard and Tommy Huizenga, a large host of family and friends and her corgi Ralphie who all loved her and will miss her. She was happy and living life fully til the very end with many recent trips and multiple celebration parties. Thanks to good friends Dr Cary Kaufman and Leslie Jacobson who were very instrumental in saving her life just 8 months ago. While in Mexico the family is so blessed by having so much help and support from so many including special close friends/family Fiona (Debbie Verzella), QJ (Teri Christofferson), the staff at the Torres Mazatlan and long time friends Armando and Monica Tellez of Mazatlan who were a tremendous help and assisted with her passing and in having her ashes blessed in the Catholic church there. A memorial for Marie's California families will be on Sunday March 10th 12-4 at the Elks Club in Pittsburg, Calif. and another Celebration of Life on her BIRTHDAY April 17th 4-7 pm at the Squalicum Boathouse in Bellingham. Marie was a woman of honor and integrity who simply wanted to be remembered as a good person and she always will be. She truly was one in a million. She will be missed by many. Those wishing to make memorials may make it to their favorite charity. The inurnment will be at a later date

Published in Bellingham Herald on Mar. 9, 2013
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