NENCINI—Juanita Ruth Nencini, 91, of Florence, passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on April 2, 2014.
Juanita was born in Enterprise, Ore., on Feb. 14, 1923. She moved with her parents to Rochester, Wash., in the early 1930s.
As an adolescent during the Depression, she spent her summers picking strawberries and raspberries, then on to picking hops and back to school, graduating from Rochester High School in 1941. After graduation, she went into the fields planting and picking strawberries, hops and eventually for apple orchards during harvest seasons.
She married her high school sweetheart, Leo Nencini, on Feb. 21, 1942. While he was attending basic training and overseas during World War II, she excelled at Bremerton Shipyard in Washington, doing various manufacturing positions up to her final job as timekeeper to the crews that made the templates for the Liberty Ships.
After the war, she moved with her husband and daughter to Oakridge, Ore., where she lived for more than 35 years.
During this time, she was a bookkeeper at Rexall Drug Store, then the Desoto Plymouth Dealership and Ford Dealership before becoming secretary for Oakridge High School, from which she retired.
Retirement in the erly 1980s meant relocating to the cabin they built in the early 1960s on the Oregon coast near Florence. There, Juanita’s many interests included beachcombing, water skiing, traveling in their motorhome to Alaska and all around the United States, as well as sight-seeing and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Leo; her daughter Donna Pedersen (Fred) of Redding, Calif.; her grandson Todd Pedersen (Sherri) of Redding, Calif.; her granddaughter Renee Stilley (Mark) of Mt. Shasta, Calif.; great-grandchildren Tara Stilley (Evan) of Portland, Ore.; Amber Hunter (Michael) of Mt. Shasta, Calif.; Lyndsey Warmuth (Chase) of Kona, Hawaii; Codey Pedersen of Cupecoy, Dutch Lowlands, Saint Maarten; and great-great-grandson Logan Hunter of Mt. Shasta, Calif.
The family will host a summer celebration of Junaita’s life Aug. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Ocean Dunes Golf Links.
Memorial contributions in her name can be made to the Ladies Auxiliary VFW #3232.
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