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Juanita Marie Bacchetti passed away at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018; holding the hands of her beloved husband Romeo Antonio Bacchetti, with many of her family members close by. She was 87 years old. "Granny" (as she was known among friends and family) died in her home in Klamath Falls, Ore.
Juanita was born in Kirbyville, Texas on Feb. 28, 1931. She lived in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before "landing" in Northern California. In 1973 the family relocated to Klamath Falls, Ore., where she resided until her death.
Juanita Marie McCurry married Romeo on Sept. 4 of 1947, in Eureka, Calif. They were married for over 70 years.
After their marriage, Juanita worked as a "pond monkey" (log pond worker) at American Forest Products in Dorris, Calif., in a day where few ladies worked in the lumber industry. She also worked in Mary Smith's Café in Macdoel, Calif., were she honed her pie making skills. After that, she devoted the majority of her life to being a wife, mother and homemaker. She loved gardening vegetables, herbs and berries wherever she lived. She worked as a volunteer for the County Elections Board, the Altar Society and devoted many hours to her children as a "room mother" in Butte Valley and Klamath Falls schools.
She could be known as "everyone's mother" or "everyone's grandmother." She loved cooking and was an accomplished cook, baker and canner of many foods. She specialized in homemade Italian foods, Mexican dishes and comfort foods from the South. She and Romeo loved seeing people eat. At times feeding droves of people who might have stopped by with a child or grandchild. No one ever left Granny's house hungry.
She spent a lot of time transporting her children and their classmates to sporting events, field trips and religious classes.
Her home served as a "sick bay" for many an ill child or grandchild. Her calming voice sang many a song to comfort the young among us.
She loved her family and went out of her way to help people whenever she could. Generous, giving, selfless don't begin to describe the heart of this amazing woman.
She learned how to understand and speak some of the Italian language almost as "self-defense" when she married into an Italian speaking family. Later in life, she helped others to learn English in order to gain legal citizenship into this great country. She didn't do this as a job or through an agency. It happened at her kitchen table with and for friends and family members.
She loved music, especially country western music her entire life. Granny loved attending live concerts with her siblings and many of her children and grandchildren in the southern Oregon and northern California area. They saw lots of her favorite artists including Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
She was quite creative, as well as handy with crocheting, knitting, sewing and ceramics. She attended innumerable sporting events for her children and grandchildren. In more recent years, she enjoyed watching the Oklahoma City Thunder on television. Occasionally calling her son John or her grandson Nick to ask what a "pick and roll" was, or similar question.
She is survived by her husband, Romeo Bacchetti; sons, Randel Bacchetti, spouse Courtenay Bacchetti, children Jay Hildebrand, Gina Bacchetti and Lisa Bacchetti; and John Bacchetti, spouse Jadea Bacchetti (Johnson), children Nickolo Bacchetti, Darby Bacchetti and Hudson Bacchetti; daughters, Karen Hensley, spouse Robert Hensley, children Seth Hensley and Paul Hensley; and Teresa Selig Hardt, spouse Chris Hardt, children Michael Wood and Robert Wood.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bethel McCurry; sisters, Pauline Chance, Elizabeth Christenson, Lawanda Hemphill; and brothers, Loyd McCurry and Jerry Lee McCurry.
She is also survived by her sisters, Edwina Anderson and Marilyn Smith, and brother, Patrick McCurry and an abundance of nieces and nephews.
A "Celebration of Life Party" will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Location: Dorris Lions Club, Butte Valley / Dorris Community Center in Dorris, California. 52900 US-97, Dorris, CA 96023.

Published in Herald And News on May 16, 2018
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