Bianca Narduzzi

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Bianca Narduzzi
July 17, 1921 - Oct. 9, 2011

Bianca M. Narduzzi, Walla Walla, passed away Oct. 9, 2011, at her home at the age of 90 years. Memorial Mass was held Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Walla Walla, with Father Pat Kerst officiating. Inurnment will take place in Italy. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center (Special Needs) through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

Beloved mother Bianca Nauduzzi is now in the care of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her life, which spanned more than 90 years, was, in her own words, "... a good life." Born in the small Northern Italian town of San Daniele, Del Friuli, on July 17, 1921, she was one of five children. In 1941, she met her future husband, Ermanno Narduzzi. They waited to be married until after World War II was over and he had completed his college education as an aeronautical engineer. They were married Dec. 21, 1949, and enjoyed 50 years of marriage, until Ermanno's passing on Jan. 2, 2000. The Narduzzi family now has three generations here in the United States. That's because after the war, Italy was not allowed to build aircraft. Having a degree in aeronautical engineering, it was necessary for Ermanno to leave Italy to find work. In 1950, he immigrated to Canada to establish his career. While he was away, their first son, Paolo, was born. Nearly a year later, in June 1951, Ermanno was settled in Montreal, Canada, was working for General Dynamics (Canadair) and was able to afford to bring Bianca and Paolo over. In 1953, their daughter, Franca, was born. In 1957, the family immigrated to Seattle, where Ermanno began working for Boeing Aircraft Co. Shortly afterward, the entire family became U.S. citizens. Then in 1962, Boeing moved the family to Huntsville, Ala., where Ermanno worked with NASA on the Apollo program. In 1963, their second son, Carlo, was born. In 1964, Boeing returned the family to Seattle. Over the course of these moves and changes, Bianca was an amazing mother and wife, always putting her family first and making the best of the hardships that life brought. In 1971, Ermanno and Bianca decided it would be best to build a future of their own. Ermanno left Boeing and they bought an apple orchard in Zillah, Wash., where they remained until their retirement in 1984. After retiring, they moved to Redmond, Wash., and enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family in Italy. In February 2001, after Ermanno's death, Bianca moved to College Place to be close to her daughter, Franca Grieb. While living here, Bianca was a member of St. Francis Parish and the Italian Heritage Association of Walla Walla.

She is survived by a daughter, Franca Grieb of Milton-Freewater; two sons, Paolo Narduzzi of Eagle, Colo., and Carlo Narduzzi of Tehachapi, Calif.; two brothers, Luigi and Mario Pecile of Torino, Italy; a sister, Rosetta Pecile, of Torino, Italy; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew.

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