|Birth: ||Sep. 25, 1924|
Westwood (Lassen County)
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 2012|
Madalena "Lena" Bottini Andreatta
Born September 25, 1924 in Westwood, California, Lena died peacefully in her daughter's arms on March 9, 2012 in Reno, Nevada.
The daughter of immigrant parents from Northern Italy, Prudenza Della Piazza and Antonio Bottini, the family moved to Susanville when Lena was 2 years old, and she remained in the family home until her death. After graduation from Lassen High School, she attended cosmetology school in Oakland, CA, then returned to Susanville to pursue her "beautician" career. After working for several salons, she decided to go into business for herself. She owned/operated her own beauty salon in the Hotel Mt. Lassen.
In 1946, her lifelong friend Dina Fiora introduced Lena to Primo Andreatta. They married on September 22, 1947. This union produced three children, Katherine, Madeline and James.
In 1959, the family moved to Reno, Nevada to co-own/operate the successful internationally acclaimed Italian restaurant, Siri's on East Fourth Street. Primo was host and bartender, while Erildo Siri and Lena ran the kitchen. Lena was famous for her sautéed chicken livers and Blu cheese dressing.
In 1976, Siri's closed and Lena and Primo moved back to the family home in Susanville. They opened "Primo Deli". Lena's homemade spaghetti meat sauce, all of her salads, deli sandwiches, and San Francisco specialty deli items were a "hit". Soon after selling the deli, they joint ventured with daughter Madeline and her husband Bill Kerns of Reno in the Black Rock Tavern (The BRT) and the Western Room in the Hotel Mt. Lassen.
Our cherished family moments were what mattered most to Lena, with the deicious smells of great Italian cooking in the air and hunry Italians anxiously awaiting the feast.
Primo and Lena traveled four times to "The Old Country" Italy to see relatives. Lena was a very proud and often a stubborn woman, which was both a blessing and a curse, but of all her attributes she was faithful to her family and friends.
Surviving are daughters, Katherine Andreatta, Madeline Kerns, son James Andreatta, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren as well as her brother Francesco "Frank" Bottini and sisters-in-law Beula and Margie Bottini, nieces and nephews and Kim Brown, her devoted Goddaughter. She will be sorely missed.
Visitation @ Walton's Funeral Home in Susanville will be held Friday, March 23, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m., with Rosary following at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday, March, 24, 2012 @ 11 a.m. Reception will follow @ Monsignor Moran Hall.
Primo Andreatta (1920 - 1996)
Diamond Crest Cemetery
Plot: G Row N gr33
Created by: Becky
Record added: Mar 19, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106945469
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