Basterrechea, Maria

Daniel Chertudi
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Homedale, ID
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Maria Basterrechea was born on 5 May 1949 in Ermua, Bizkaia, to Lazaro Zamacola and Juana Hormaechea.  She has wonderful memories of her childhood; growing up in town meant that there were many opportunities for work and fun.  Maria went through high school, then got a job in a factory to finance some of the activities she wanted to pursue.  Eventually, she found  employment in a typewriter factory closer to home, and commuted with her father every morning.

Maria met her husband, Julian Basterrechea, when he came to the Basque Country from America to visit his mother.  They married in 1973, and she remained in Ermua for a bit when he returned to Idaho, in order to care for a delicate pregnancy.  In 1975, she and her first son, Gorka, made the trip to the US, and the whole family settled in Homedale.  She eventually had three other children, Sonia, Mikel and Amaia.

Maria has worked in several fruit orchards in Homedale, and for a Simplot factory, until the present day.  Even though her husband is deceased, she continues to live in the Basque tradition, attending area cultural events and socializing with her many Basque friends.  After spending half her life in Euskadi, and the other in Idaho, Maria is a proud American and a proud Basque, and she has taught her children to appreciate their heritage.

Audio Recording: 
Adjusting to America
Childhood memories
Speaking Basque
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