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Irma Savina Biasca

Irma Savina Biasca Irma, born April 14, 1912 in Ferndale, CA passed away February 17, 2010 in Fortuna, CA at the age of 97, She was the second of eight daughters born to Henry and Anna Biasca. As a child Irma's vision declined and she became completely blind in her early teens. With the love and support of her family she was able to live as independently as possible, always praying that one day her vision would return. Irma was headstrong, at times stubborn and was not afraid to voice her opinion. She never married or had children of her own but was blessed to have an abundance of nieces and nephews, Her family and faith were the strongest passions in her life, sometimes overshadowed though, by politics, talk radio and baseball. Irma and her sisters had the most special relationship. Their love was strong and unconditional. Being blind was a hurdle for Irma but not a complete obstacle. She cared for herself and her mother, had an amazing memory and a brilliant mind. She questioned everything and loved to learn. She was a firm believer in the power of mind over matter and welcomed a challenge and a good conversation. Always seeking a miraculous cure for her blindness, Irma traveled to Lourdes, France and Canada. While she didn't find the vision she prayed for she did have the opportunity to meet many relatives in Switzerland who became lifelong friends. One of the highlights of Irma's life in recent years was the Biasca Family Reunion held every August at Rohner Park in Fortuna. She looked forward to visiting with all the family and having her sisters together again, No one ever really considered Irma as handicapped. She was merely an amazing woman who made the most of her life. Her uncanny wisdom, determination and fortitude were a magnificent example. We are thankful for her unending love and inspiration; for showing us all that life, itself, is the greatest gift. Renewed vision was always her constant goal; eternal vision is now her ultimate reward. Irma is survived by her sisters Elma Burns, Ruby McLeod, Mary Bareilles, Anne Gundlach, Evelyn Brom and Hilda Piersall as well as her brother-in-law, Eldon Brom. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Elena Godinho, Maria Jackson, Jacquie Callihan, Judy Michelet, Linda Thomas, Lori Dedman, Ken Bareilles, Paul Bareilles, Monica Noble, Angela Lakey, Greg Gundlach, Phil Gundlach, Rita West, Brian Gundlach, Stephanie Niven, Annette Sargo, Alan Piersall, Karin Newton, Susan Lupoli, Lauren Hisatomi, JD Piersall as well as their spouses, She is survived by an enormous extended family of great nieces and nephews and numerous cousins both here and in Switzerland. She was preceeded in death by her parents, Henry and Anna Biasca, sister Lydia Blomquist, brothers-in-law Robert Burns, Bruce McLeod, Arthur Blomquist, Melvin Bareilles, Jack Piersall and her nephew Jack Bareilles. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11:00 am at St, Joseph Catholic Church, Fortuna, CA, Memorial contributions can be made in Irma's name to St. Joseph Parish in Fortuna or St. Vincent de Paul Society in Eureka, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www.Times-Standard.com. Click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Feb. 21 to Feb. 25, 2010
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