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Sigga Pingatore, our beloved mother, sister, and friend, passed away on Monday, June 25 in her home in La Quinta, Calif. Sigga was 64 years old. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1947, she moved with her family to Anchorage, Alaska at the age of 7. She lived there until the family moved to San Pedro, Calif. in 1960. In 1964 after the Great Alaskan earthquake the family moved back to Anchorage where her father worked on the reconstruction of the city. She graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1966 and went with her family to Germany where she was able to tour Europe. After spending the next year in Iceland working, she struck out on her own to attend school in Minneapolis, Minn. In Minneapolis, she met Lenny Pingatore and they married in 1969. When Lenny graduated, the couple decided to seek their fortunes back up in Alaska. In a couple of years they were able to buy their own pharmacy in the small fishing town of Cordova. In the ensuing years, they were blessed with two beautiful baby girls. Sigga was never one to be idle. While in Cordova, she and her sister Loa started a clothing store for children called "Young Stuff." "Young" was their mutual maiden names. She also spent summers working on the family fishing boat the "Silhouette." In 1986, the Pingatore family moved to Southern California. They settled in Palm Desert where the girls attended school and ultimately graduated from Palm Desert High School. Sigga found good use of her Alaskan small business experience working for an accounting firm and numerous restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. In the 25 years in the valley, she made many friends and became a beloved local figure. Sigga is survived by two daughters, Jessica and Erica Pingatore, brothers Hans Arneson and Dan Young and brother-in-law Mark Leaf along with many cousins, nieces and nephews who all loved her and will all miss her so much.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on July 8, 2012
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