Lachiondo, Julie Literas

Daniel Chertudi and Julian Achabal
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Boise, ID
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Julie was born in Boise on 8 May 1949, to Julian Lachiondo of Ibarrangelua and Lydia Gandiaga of Mountain Home.  She is named for her grandmother and father.  She remembers her mother, who was born to Basque immigrants, and met Julian while he was working in Indian Cove for her father's sheep operation.  Julie gives a vivid account of life in the Basque hub of Boise: coming home for amuma's lunch every day, visiting with priests, singing with girlfriends, dancing with Jay Hormaechea and going to school.  She details many of her mother's activities while Julie was growing up.

Julie graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in 1967 and went on to study at 2 area universities--a reflection of the emphasis her parents had always put on education.  She taught high school Spanish for several years and then became a substitute teacher.  Julie married Mark Lliteras in 1972, and although he is not of Basque descent, he has taken warmly to the culture.  The couple has raised two sons, Scott and Jeff.

Julie has chosen never to move far from her childhood roots and the culture that shaped her.  She still enjoys singing in the Biotzetik choir, and is involved in many other Basque functions.  Currently working as the executive director for the Bishop Kelly Foundation, Julie has taken several trips to Euskadi, and hopes to return in the future in order to perfect her language skills.  The entire Lachiondo-Lliteras family is proud of its connections to the Basque culture.

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Dad's chorizos
Lunch at home
The holy life
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