Obituaries for Aug. 19

Denise Dettorre-Baca, former owner of Freddie's Restaurant, dies

August 19, 2004

PEORIA, Ariz. - Denise Dettorre-Baca, 47, of Peoria, formerly of Danville, died July 31 in Peoria at the home of her father. She had been co-owner of Freddie's Restaurant in Danville for the last 10 years.

Born June 15, 1957, in Garfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Pasquale "Pat" Dettorre of Peoria and the late Rosemarie Buono Dettorre. In addition to her restaurant position, Dettorre-Baca was active in parent activities at Toliver Elementary School and was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Additional survivors include a son, Antonio "Tony" Baca of Danville; a sister, Jacquelyn Dettorre of Arizona; and four brothers, James Dettorre of Arizona, Patrick Dettorre of California and Dino Dettorre of New Jersey.

Services were Aug. 3 at Best Funeral Services in Peoria.

During the decade she was chef and co-owner of Freddie's, Dettorre-Baca gained a reputation not only as a good cook but also as someone who provided support to fellow breast cancer victims and survivors. She had twice survived her own battles with the disease.


Regarding the cooking, she applied lessons in Italian cuisine she had learned from her late mother and grandmother. But she was just as well known in the community for her unofficial role as confidante and morale booster for women with cancer as she was for her cooking talents.

"I have met a number of women with breast cancer and tried to encourage them, but most of all, I've listened to them," Dettorre-Baca said. "Sadly, some of these women have lost their battles with cancer but others have survived. Whatever their situation, I have tried to see them through it and support them any way I can."

Dettorre-Baca made those comments in an interview in April from her father's home. She had moved there in the winter to be close to a Mayo Clinic where she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for a third cancer, angiocarcinoma, which ended up taking her life. Her son accompanied her; he reportedly is returning to Danville.

When Dettorre-Baca's friends in Danville learned in January she had the rare form of cancer, which attacks the heart, they reciprocated the support many of them had received from her during their battles with breast cancer.

Dettorre-Baca said he had received scores of e-mails, cards, letters and phone calls from her Danville friends since she had moved to Arizona. She said the notes and calls of support helped boost her morale, even though she fully realized the odds of her surviving her third battle were not good.

She said in April she was pleased to have survived beyond the three months doctors had originally predicted for her, and she said the extra time she had been given was due to the support of family and friends.

"I have good days and bad days, and my energy levels change," she said." But it is sunny and breezy here in Arizona, and it also helps that so many people back home in Danville care about me, while here in Arizona it's wonderful that my dad is with me and so very, very important that Antonio is with me. You can stop cooking but you can never stop being a mother."

J. T. Evans

PERRYVILLE - J.T. Evans, 82, of Simpson Lane, Junction City, husband of Leota Taylor Evans, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Arrangements are incomplete at Wilder Funeral Home.

Thelma P. Kavanaugh

Thelma Palmer Kavanaugh, 92, of Northpoint Health Care Center in Lexington, died Wednesday in Lexington.

Born May 17, 1912, in Garrard County, she was a daughter of the late William and Amanda Palmer. She was a member of Paint Lick Baptist Church and affiliated with St. Paul Predestination Baptist Church in Lancaster. She was the widow of Samuel T. Kavanaugh.

Survivors include a daughter, Vernie Mae Kavanaugh of Lexington; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Predestinarian Baptist Church by the Rev. Barry Bowman. Burial will be in Duncantown Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church.

Smith-Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hassell J. Reynolds

PERRYVILLE - Hassell J. Reynolds, 87, of Hayes-May Road, died Wednesday at McDowell Place of Danville.

Born Aug. 21, 1916, in Washington County, he was the son of the late Lorenzo D. and Sarah B. Quinn Reynolds. He was a farmer, affiliated with Western Pioneer Life Insurance Co. and a tobacco warehouseman. He was a member of Perryville Baptist Church and the widower of Sarah K. Edwards Reynolds. He also was a Kentucky Colonel and active with Little League sports. He had been instrumental in the consolidation of Boyle County high schools.

Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Sue Rice of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Rita J. Satterly of Lexington, and Sara J. Scott of Carmel, Ind.; a son, Hassell Jay Reynolds of Danville; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Perryville Baptist Church by Greg Warren and Gary Story. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

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