Lucia "Chia" A. Brunetta, 95, of Virginia passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Cook Care Center in Cook, MN.
Chia was born on December 9, 1927, in Virginia, MN, to Antonio and Lucia (Buttazzi) Brunetta. She attended the Virginia schools, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1946.
She was employed by Cluett Peabody in Virginia, Lerch Bros. in Virginia, and Piggly Wiggly and Super One Grocery Stores in Virginia for 30 years, retiring as a cashier in September 1990.
Chia was known as "the warming shack lady" at the Horace Mann ice rink. In her later years, she knitted hats for the newborns at the Virginia Hospital OB unit. She had many hobbies including knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking, and crafts. Chia was also known for helping many neighbors. She enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in the tall pines.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Lucia (Buttazzi) Brunetta; brothers, Peter and Arthur; sisters, Anna and Virginia.
Chia is survived by her "little brother," Robert "Nub" Norri; godson, James "Jimmer" Petroskey; goddaughter, Brenda Skorich; close friends: Colette Johnson, Eleanor Anshus, Linda Cope, Toni McEvoy and family, Ron and Carla Klehr, Lisa Ketola and family, Robert and Kenny Arola, and the Miner's family; cousins, Carol and Caitlin Eliasson; special friends and "family": Wendy Stanzell, Charlene Komula, Alexandra Saxhaug, Samantha Irish, Billy Jones, Carter Thome, Christine Jones, and Bradford "The Capo" Saxhaug. Along with numerous friends and relatives.
Memorials are preferred to St. Jude Children's Hospital and The Virginia Foundation.
We wish to thank the staff at Essentia Health – Virginia Hospital medical/surgical unit, ICU unit, and cardiac care. In addition, the Cook Care Center in Cook, MN for the exceptional care you gave our beautiful, beloved friend Chia.
In accordance with Chia's wishes, no services will be held. A private inurnment will be held at the Calvary Cemetery, in Virginia, MN.
"It is what it is."