Lucille ‘Luci’ Virginia Nolta, 91

Lucille “Luci” Virginia Nolta died peacefully Nov. 9, 2008 in her home. The Bainbridge Island resident was 91.

She was born in Hurley, Wis. on June 24, 1917 to Chris and Virginia Biasi Tomazolli. When she was 1 year old, her father died from the 1918 flu epidemic and left her mother to care for two daughters. Her mother then married her husband’s brother, Joseph, and he helped raise Luci and her sister, Lena.

Luci attended Lents Grammar School and graduated from Franklin High School in Portland, Ore. After high school, she went to work for SH Kress in Portland.

In 1939, she married Glenn Nolta and they moved to Bainbridge Island in 1952. They owned and operated the Lynwood Variety Store for a number of years along with the Lynwood Theatre for 32 years where she was known as “the popcorn lady.” She also was a good listener to the many kids who came to the theatre.

She was a 56-year member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and a 40-year Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction volunteer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, and her sister Lena.

She is survived by son Gary (Paula) of Bainbridge Island; daughters Linda Rogers (Steve Elmore) of Apache Junction, Ariz., Glenda (John) Allan of Bothell and Sherry (John) Shellman of Shoreline; six grandchildren, Craig, Karena, Jenna, Holly, Eric, Derek; and one great-grandson, CJ.

Luci will be forever missed and loved by the many lives she touched.

A memorial mass is at 11:30 a.m. today, Saturday, Nov. 15 at St. Cecilia Church on Bainbridge Island, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Helpline House, 282 Knechtel Way N.E., Bainbridge Island or Bainbridge Island Fire Department, 8895 Madison Ave. N.E.

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