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FEBRUARY 27TH -LITA THRESEA BARNETT & PAUL NICHOLAS LUVERA ANNIVERSAY

FEBRUARY 27TH -LITA THRESEA BARNETT & PAUL NICHOLAS LUVERA ANNIVERSAY

In 2016 I published a post about our wedding anniversary that began: “On Sunday, February 21, I “endured” my birthday. At age 81 you don’t “enjoy” birthdays except perhaps from a feeling of gratitude at being alive. As I have said to others, it’s a little like waking up that morning and discovering you have been trapped in the body of an 81-year-old. You don’t fully get used to the idea that you are aging in your mind until physical…

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ELIZABETH “BETTY” BARNETT  1910 -1985 AND FLIPPA LUVERA 1870 – 1946

ELIZABETH “BETTY” BARNETT  1910 -1985 AND FLIPPA LUVERA 1870 – 1946

Lita’s mother and my paternal grandmother died on the same day, December 20th,  but thirty nine years apart. Lita’s mother, Elizabeth Catherine Barnett was an extraordinart woman. Very bright, wise and gifted in so many ways. I’ve written about this remarkable woman many times. See https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/12/my-mother-in-law-elizabeth-barnett-1910-1995.html  It was my privilege to have known her. She was very intelligent, wise and a great judge of people. I loved her like my own mother for her many qualities and her understanding. This…

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MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

On August 8, 1953 my maternal grandmother, Marija Babarovich died in Anacortes, Washington at age 90. It was the year of my high school graduation at Anacortes.  She was born September 21, 1863 in Splitska, Brac, Croatia. She was a woman of great courage, faith and personal sacrifice.  Her husband, my grandfather,  Peter, had died the year I was born in 1935 at Anacortes. I remember her vividly. A tall, erect woman with hair piled high on her head, she…

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MY TRIBUTE TO LITA BARNETT LUVERA ON HER BIRTHDAY

MY TRIBUTE TO LITA BARNETT LUVERA ON HER BIRTHDAY

Note: I published this in 2021. But it is time I publish it again because she is an extraordinary person whom I love dearly: For over forty years my essential soul mate and I have been married. She has endured it all with a response of patience, love and understanding. I can say with total honesty and accuracy she has been an equal partner in every achievement I claim for myself . The same is true with regard to every…

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MY SISTER – ANITA LUVERA MAYER – ARTIST & CREATOR

MY SISTER – ANITA LUVERA MAYER – ARTIST & CREATOR

My sister, Anita Luvera Mayer, has had an amazing life of achievements. From high school, where she was an outstanding student, to the University of Washington where she continued to excel in every area. She has always set the example in our family for success through creativity, preparation and determination to succeed. There were three children in our family who were blessed with parents who worked hard and cared for us. The fact that they were part of  immigrant families, Italy and Yugoslavia, caused…

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HOLLIS HALL BARNETT 1907 – 1990 – MY FATHER-IN-LAW AND A UNIQUE MAN

HOLLIS HALL BARNETT 1907 – 1990 – MY FATHER-IN-LAW AND A UNIQUE MAN

Hollis Hall Barnett was born May 3, 1907 and died in Puyallup, Washington at the age of 83 on March 22nd, 1990. He was my wife Lita’s father and a very unique and wonderful man. You can read about his Lita’s mother Betty Barnett and more about this extraordinary couple I quickly grew to love.  https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2010/03/i-write-this-in-memory-of-my-wifes-father-hollis-hall-barnett-whodied-in-puyallup-washington-on-march-22-1990-at-the-a.html Hollis was born in Buckley, Washington on May 3, 1907 and spent his younger years at Mt. Rainier National Park where his father, Herman…

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PETER BABAROVICH BORN 1861 & DIED IN ANACORTES 1935

PETER BABAROVICH BORN 1861 & DIED IN ANACORTES 1935

My maternal grandfather Peter (Petar) Babarovich died the year I was born – 1935. I was born on February 21st of 1935, but he died a month later on March 5th of that year. As a result, I never knew this unique man. Nonno Babarovich was born April 12, 1861 in the village of Splitska on the island of Brac in Croatia off the coast of Split in the Adriatic Sea. Peter was the second child  of his father, Ernest…

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ANACORTES CHILDHOOD THOUGHTS

ANACORTES CHILDHOOD THOUGHTS

At age 87 years, my memory of childhood is far from perfect, but some things stand out. I was reflecting on how blessed our family was for living along the shoreline of Guemes Channel and a  childhood before summers were totally occupied by children’s commitments of their summer vacation time. These are a few memories I was reflecting upon that I’ll share. There is nothing profound here. Just pleasant thoughts that were significant to me. Anacortes Fish Canneries I was…

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MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

On August 8, 1953 my maternal grandmother, Marija Babarovich died in Anacortes, Washington at age 90. It was the year of my high school graduation at Anacortes.  She was born September 21, 1863 in Splitska, Brac, Croatia. She was a woman of great courage, faith and personal sacrifice.  Her husband, my grandfather,  Peter, had died the year I was born in 1935 at Anacortes. He was born in 1861. I remember her vividly. A tall, erect woman with hair piled…

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IMAGES OF THE LUVERA FAMILY IN ANACORTES

IMAGES OF THE LUVERA FAMILY IN ANACORTES

Here is a collection of photos from the Anacortes History Museum collection regarding the Luvera family Paul, Anita & Phyllis Luvera  Anacortes High School 1952 varsity basketball team.Pat Adams, sophomore guard Gerald Guthrie, junior guard Tom Rowan, senior guard Bill Card, senior forward Don Francin, freshman forward Dale Brannon, senior forward Paul Luvera, Jr., junior center (No. 88) Jim Berentson, sophomore forward Gale Marrs, sophomore guard Larry Lunsford, senior guard, team captain Gordon Hill, senior guard Duane Breckenridge, senior Coach…

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