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Anita Carpentier passed away on September 23, 2023 at the age of 74. Anita was born in Coalinga, CA and the Carpentier family moved to the central coast in 1950, where her father worked in the contracting business.
In childhood Anita spent her days along with brother Armand playing outdoors with the many neighborhood kids, some of whom became lifetime friends. She also enjoyed helping her mother take care of her little sister Heidi. She taught Heidi songs to sing to the many neighbors they visited along Anita's paper route. The bond with her siblings was strong and uncompromising throughout their lives.
Anita graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 1967. She spent many of these years babysitting until obtaining a job at the local Mid-State Bank through the schools work experience program. She then earned her BS in Nutrition at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Interning in dietetics at the Atascadero State Hospital. Discovering this wasn't her calling and desiring to remain on the central coast, Anita returned to Mid-State Bank and Trust. She worked at the Arroyo Grande, Grover City and Nipomo branches before landing in the Mortgage Department. Here she held many roles during her continued employ through the banks acquisitions by Rabobank and Mechanics Bank. She was a valued member of her work community not only for her professionalism but also for her humor and good spirits. She retired as a Senior Loan Documentation Specialist after 41 years in the banking industry.
Anita had a huge heart for animals, and always had a loyal dog by her side. She rescued her most recent companion as he was running down the middle of Hwy 1, lost and spooked by fireworks on the 4th of July. After trying diligently but unsuccessfully to find his owners, Anita adopted him as her own.
For Anita, family was everything. She was very involved in the family’s Fish and Chips restaurant in Oceano. Anita loved music and enjoyed listening to all genres of music. Singing along with her family and friends during any occasion and in the church choir were highlights. She was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend, and all who knew her remember her warmth, generosity, and most especially her humor.
Anita is preceded in death by her parents Hertha Mathilde Carpentier and Armand Bernard Carpentier, Sr., and her brother Armand Henry Carpentier, Jr. She is survived by her sister Heidi Carpentier and niece Rachel Carpentier (Brett Kostrzewski), and great-niece Adelaide Kostrzewski. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Monday, October 9 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Pismo Beach, followed by graveside burial. Rosary to begin at 9:30am. The family would like to thank Art and Kris Spoo for their kindness and dedication through life's most difficult times.