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Camillia Pagnini

MEDFORD — Camillia Veronica Pagnini, 88, of Jacksonville died Feb. 19. Father William Dillard officiated at a funeral Mass at Shepherd of the Valley Church, Central Point.

Mrs. Pagnini was born Aug. 25, 1928, to Frank and Katie Zvonek in Los Angeles. Camillia married her husband, James Pagnini in 1949 at St. Malachy Catholic Church there.

The couple decided to move to Medford in the early 1970s. Camillia returned to college and became a published writer, writing poetry and stories from her life. Her sons built her a small art studio where, as she grew older, she enjoyed painting ladybugs on rocks for family and friends. She took Tai Chi classes and visited neighbors in need. She could be seen walking around the mobile home park where she and her husband lived.

Mr. and Mrs. Pagnini spent their lives in a series of celebrations —birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, camping or putting on skits with their eight children, Aleta, Laurie, Michael, Anthony, Mary Ann Nieto, James, Kathleen Gerlick and Alice Rose.

Mrs. Pagnini loved glitz, going to garage sales, and being a faithful Catholic. She marched for the Right of Life when no one else did. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to over 60 and still counting.

In addition to her children, Mrs. Pagnini is survived by her husband and a large family including sisters, Rose Reed and Mary Zvonek. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Frank Jr.

The family thanks the staff of Roxy Ann Memory Community and all the people who took time to visit Mrs. Pagnini, including her devoted in-laws.

Memorial donations can be made to Magdalene Home, Attn: Tricia, P.O. Box 255, Medford, 97501, or St. Vincent de Paul, Attn: Al Zon, 2424 N. Pacific Highway, Medford, 97501.

Interment was at the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point.

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