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Alice Astesana

Visitation for family and friends of Alice Lucille Astesana of Grass Valley will be conducted from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley. A Catholic Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Grass Valley.

Mrs. Astesana died Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Grass Valley. She was 97.



She was born on April 29, 1905, in Montana, to Joseph and Anna (Udovik) Planisheck. She married James E. Astesana on June 24, 1924. They moved to Grass Valley in 1933, and owned the Golden State Market from 1944 to 1948. They then owned the Oak Supermarket from 1948 to 1957. Mrs. Astesana worked on the family dairy farm from 1957 until she retired in 1964.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Ladies Relief Society. She was also a member of the Slovan National Benefit Society for more than 50 years and served as the secretary.




She is survived by her sons Carlos Astesana of Grass Valley and James Astesana of Downieville; daughter, Anna Rose Davy of Yuma, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. St. Mary’s School Scholarship Fund, in care of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 235 Chapel St., Grass Valley 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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