Eleonora's face exuded the classic glamor of the cinema stars admired in the late 1930 and 1940 era. Beyond her beauty:
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A culinary wizard akin to the Barefoot Contessa - she prepared a bountiful feast at a moments notice. If you were lucky enough to sit at her table, you looked forward to a repeat invitation. Her door was always open; a pillow for your head.
Eleonora had a spiritual connection to the earth and to nature. Her magic was evident in her garden - vegetables and flowers. Many received gifts of her red pepper relish, pomegranate jelly, and huge, meaty, sweet, luscious tomatoes.
Eleonora loved all animals. She nurtured and healed countless - horned owls, wild cats, jack rabbits, and even a king snake, that she sent to live at the Portland Zoo.
Her faith was strong in God and in the Catholic Church. Each morning began with prayers; saying the rosary, usually with a Siamese cat by her side.
Eleonora Celeste Pialorsi was born in Northern Italy, immigrated to the US where she resided with her family in Humboldt County. She married Charles William Bugenig in 1947. Eleonora and Charlie had four children, Carla, Dale, David and Julianne.
The family relocated to the valley town of Williams where Eleonora and Charlie resided nearly 50 years.
Preceded in death by husband Charles William Bugenig. She leaves behind her children: Carla Bugenig Schaad Thaden, (Michael), Dale Bugenig (Debra), David (Chris), and Julianne Bugenig Kopan Youngs (William). Grandmother to: Christian, Lawrence (Kirsten), Victoria (Jon), Corey (Aimee), Charlie (Neialia), Pete, Sarah (Joe), Nick, Lydia, Lina and Katelyn. Great Grandmother to Faith, Stevie, Cash and Matthew.
She leaves friends and relatives of the earth, and is sitting now with our father and all her loved ones in heaven. We thank the Lord.
She was strong willed and stubborn beyond belief; was emotionally independent - somewhat a loner, and content to be of that nature.
What are her colors?
Blue - (the color of her eyes), and lavender
For those of you, who knew her, remember her in happy times.
There will be a graveside service at Ocean View Cemetery/St. Bernard's to be announced in the near future.
Published in Willows Journal from Mar. 9 to Mar. 16, 2013