|Birth: ||Apr. 6, 1916|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 2006|
Celestina Totorica Arana, 90, passed away April 13, 2006 at the Emerson House with her family at her side. Funeral mass will be celebrated April 18, 2006 at St. Mark's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Morris Hill Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home.
Celestina was born on April 6, 1916 to Jose Francisco Totoricaguena and Leandra Erquiaga Totoricaguena at Battle Creek, in Owyhee county. At 1 year old, her family returned to Guernika, Viscaya, Spain, where she grew up and attended school. Jose Francisco soon returned to the United States where he owned a sheep company and Celestina, her mother, and sisters owned and operated a fabric store until the bombing of Gernika in 1937. The family was evacuated to France for a short time and then they came to Mountain Home, ID to be reunited with her father and four brothers. Moving to Boise shortly thereafter, Celestina lived with the Uberuaga family and worked as a nanny for the Young family on Warm Springs Avenue. She thoroughly enjoyed her new life with the Basque community of Boise. In 1942 Celestina married Antonio Arana, and they began farming in Meridian. Together they had three children, Frank, Antonia, and Ramon. In 1947 they sold their farm and purchased the First Street North Grocery Store in Nampa, and in 1950 they purchased The Ranch Club in Garden City. Celestina ran the store while Tony ran the night club and restaurant. At the time gambling was alive and well in Garden City, and the business was booming. The family sold the store and moved to Boise in 1952. Antonio passed away in 1956, and Celestina was left to run the business and raise three children on her own. Celestina's brother-in-law Pete Arana became her business partner, and later her son Ramon joined the partnership. They remained partners until Pete's death in 1987. Celestina was a phenomenal business woman, investor, mother, and Amuma. Celestina was a life member of a very special "Knitting Club", made up of Basque women who never knit, but had a great social life. She enjoyed a close and loving relationship with these women for more than 65 years. She was a charter and continuous member of Euzkaldunak, and The Basque Museum and Cultural Center. She was also active at St. Mark's Catholic Community and served on the St. Al's Auxiliary. Celestina enjoyed cooking, shopping, and family time. Her six grandchildren were her delight, and they spent many after school hours at McDonalds and Taco Time "being friends!" Amuma was always right and gave great advice. She was generous and loving and there was no better place to be when you were sick than at Amuma's house. Celestina was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio, her parents, two brothers, Leandro and Urbano, her sister Enriqueta Mendazona, and a grandson, Brian James. Surviving are her children, Frank and Kathy (Stoehr) Arana, Jack and Antonia (Arana) Bicandi, and Ramon and Darla (Young) Arana. Her grandchildren, Mark, Tucker and Andrea (Arana) Anderson, Geoff and Jacqueline (Bicandi) Kite-Powell, Nicholas Bicandi, Greg and Holly (Arana) Hysmith, David and Jessica (Arana) Canfield. She also had three great-grandchildren, Taylor Hysmith, Parker Anderson, and Isabella Kite--Powell. Celestina had many very special nieces and nephews, with whom she was very close and dearly loved.
(IDAHO STATESMAN, 17/Apr/2006)
Morris Hill Cemetery
Created by: Jean
Record added: Apr 18, 2006
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