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Patricia Blasdell
May 30, 1953 – October 25, 2021
Blasdell obit pic
Patricia “Tricia/Trish” (Richichi/Terry) Blasdell, aged 68, peacefully went home to our Lord in heaven on October 25th, 2021 in Medford, Oregon.
   The beginning of her journey started in Lathrop, California May 30th, 1953. A spirited farm girl at heart, her zeal for life, inspired many. As a youth, she regularly attended her weekly youth group bible study and worked hard on the family farm before and after school. She attended East Union High School, graduating class of 1971. That year she married and had two children, Kim and Monte, as well as caring for her stepdaughter, Julie. As the years passed, Tricia worked hard to raise her children as a single parent attending every baseball game and dance recital, never missing a single event no matter how tired she was. In 1994, she met and married the love of her life, Marine Vietnam Veteran Steve Blasdell. She instantly welcomed two more children to love, Steve and Lisa Blasdell. For the next 27 years, they shared many great times together with their blended family. Trish and Steve worked hard, establishing a life together filled with travels and adventure. In 2003, their adventures would take them to the Oregon coast where they moved to Brookings, Oregon. Trish loved watching the “sea pups” at the ocean. Trish and Steve participated and volunteered with the annual Kite Festivals, making sure the traveling kite flyers were fed. Trish loved to watch the kite flyers perform. With Steve being an avid kite flyer himself, he was Trish’s favorite to watch.
After years of chronic illness, Tricia would face the biggest challenge in her life with a double lung transplant in January 2012. She demonstrated her strength by recovering quickly and continuing on with her adventures with Steve. Through thick and thin, Steve and Tricia were inseparable. After 8 good years of her transplant, Tricia’s health started to fail. Through it all, she stayed strong, never complaining…always keeping the faith. She was known by all (especially medical staff who cared for her) for her quick-witted sense of humor, making those around her laugh through the toughest of times. “Trish is the strongest person we have known” friends and family has always said, as she fought many battles, staring death in eye on many occasions, just to defeat it like a champ! Through the years, Steve never left Trish’s side, caring for her “through sickness and in health”.  The love they had for each other was demonstrated one more time, as Steve held her hand, by her side comforting her, as she took her next steps of her journey to home. Tricia lived a true love story.
   Tricia is survived by her husband of 27 years, Steve. Their five children Julie, Kim, Steve, Monte and Lisa, their nine grandchildren Michael, Allen, Shelley,  Aleia, Zach, Anthony, Anika, Maddy and William, her siblings (and spouses) Gary & Vicky Richichi, Kenny and Cindy Richichi, Vickie and Kelvin Beach, Christine Blasdell, Harriette Blasdell, and Tonya Blasdell, stepmother Janet Richichi, adopted mama Betty Mears, cousins Jeff, Racheal, Rhonda and Renee, 12 nieces, nephews, multitude of great- nieces, and nephews as well as countless friends who came to think of her as family.
   She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Barbara Terry, Richard Richichi Sr., her brother Richard “Moose” Richichi Jr., and her sister (in-law) Jeannie Blasdell.
   A celebration of life for Tricia will be held in Brookings, Oregon. Date and time to be determined.


Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Friday, January 14, 2022