Barbara Margaret Simonetti, a 50-year resident of Nevada County, passed away peacefully Feb. 17, 2013, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital at the age of 88.
Her memorial service will take place Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, 429 Hollow Way, Nevada City, Calif. Reception will follow and will be at Tall Pines Estates clubhouse, 13960 Golden Star Road, Grass Valley.
Barbara was born January 15, 1925, in the small Mohave Desert town of Atolia to Mary and Anthony Marchetti. She attended Hennessey Grammar School and graduated from Grass Valley High School. After graduating high school, Barbara went to work at the Maritime Commission in Oakland, Calif., and spent the rest of her working years in Nevada County in the mental health, auditor and tax collector offices.
When she was still a child, she took accordion lessons and continued playing throughout her life. As a teenager, she played in several bands around the Grass Valley and Nevada City areas for dances at Lake Olympia and at the old Traveler’s Hotel. She also played the accordion for many family get-togethers. She married Leno Angelo Simonetti in 1947 in Oakland and was married to him for 22 years until his early death in 1969. Barbara was very artistic and created many beautiful things for her family and friends. She also loved to read, sometimes a book a day.
After retirement, she took many fun trips with her children and with friends. She enjoyed seeing new places. The last two years of her life she lived very happily at Highgate Senior Living, where she enjoyed playing bingo, listening to music and participating in other fun activities. She especially enjoyed going for little rides to get ice cream.
She is survived by her daughters, Kristine Luckinbill and Susan Simonetti; son-in-law Tim Simonetti; her son, David Simonetti; daughter-in-law Sally Simonetti; and grandson Richard Reyes Simonetti.
She was preceded in death by her loving mother, Mary Theresa Cassettari, and her devoted husband, Leno Angelo Simonetti.