August 12, 1916 – January 8, 2018
BURLEY — 101 Years, Born and raised on a 985 acre dairy ranch in the Chileno Valley near Petaluma in Marin County, California. For 52 years, she resided and raised her family in Hayward, California. She lived in Burley, Idaho for 30 years, where she peacefully passed on January 8, 2018 at home surrounded by family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles A. Casarotti (born in Switzerland), and her mother Christofa Christofferson (born in Norway; her spouses Evart Fowler and John Garcia; her brothers Vernon and Roy Casarotti, and her sister Bernice Nielson; her Stepson Jerry Garcia; and two of her Grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Bernice (Don) Lee, Ginger, Gary (Kathy) Fowler, Gail (Michael) Berry, and Diane (John) Fowler-Stoll; her stepdaughters Betty Lyon and Cheryl Cretser; and by 25 Grandchildren, 35 Great- Grandchildren, and 24 Great-Great-Grandchildren.
She enjoyed playing pinochle at the Senior Center, crochet, and friends and family. Her recipe for a long life was always keep moving, eat right, and stay social to keep your mind active.
On a night when I can’t sleep, I find myself thinking of my life on the Casarotti Ranch, where I was born the youngest of four kids: my sister Bernice, my two brothers Roy and Vernon, then me. We lived ten miles from Petaluma and ten miles from the coast, on the most beautiful spot in this world. Trees and hills to climb! Vernon and I would often climb a hill and the first to reach the top was the winner. The most fun was climbing a hill without touching the ground! To do that, we had to climb an oak tree at the bottom of the hill, climb out and swing on a branch, catch hold of the branch of another, higher tree and make our way from tree to tree to the branches of the oak tree at the top.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Burley Senior Center.
A memorial service will be held this summer for friends and family. Cremation services are under the direction of Joel Heward Morrison Payne Funeral Home in Burley.