In Memoriam

Andrea Eileen Marchand

Apr 25, 2021

Andrea Eileen Marchand of Durham, California, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021, in Chico, California. She was 74 years old. She was born to the parents of Paul and Grace Yunker on March 10, 1947 in Sturgis, Michigan. Andie, as she liked to be called, spent her young life growing up on the Yunker family farm, attended elementary school and graduated from High School with high marks which helped her further her education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she graduated with a master’s degree in library science.

Having met her first husband in College, they ended up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Berkeley, Calif. In Berkeley, Andie found employment at Armstrong College, and was quite comfortable living close to the University and experiencing the lifestyle of the 1970s. Unfortunately, her marriage ended in divorce in 1978. So, in 1979, at McNally’s Irish Pub in Oakland, Andie and Peter Marchand met, married, and spent 42 years together. Andie and Pete spent their first ten years living in Oakland, Calif. Andie worked for Dive Tech, Wendy Sylvani Publishing, and her final employment was with Dorfman Pacific where she became Accounting Manager. Dorfman moved their company to Stockton, Calif. Andie continued her work with Dorfman for about a year, then Andie and Pete moved north to a little town next to Chico called Durham. After working a few different jobs, Andie and Pete started their own business 1994, Steam & Bean Espresso in Chico, focusing on small batch baking, coffee, and espresso drinks. One of Andie’s love was writing Poetry, so she started a monthly Poetry reading at the Café. The Café was sold in 2005.

Andie was most comfortable reading mysteries, taking an afternoon nap with her beloved cats, traveling, and hanging out with Pete. She belonged to the Breadcrust writers of Michigan with longtime friend Joyce Munro, traveling annually to writing workshops in Michigan, Ontario, and Arizona. Andie also belonged to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society, and made a trip each year to attend the conference. Andie was particularly good at the piano and spent hours doing intricate Origami pieces.

From Michigan Andie is survived by Brothers Stephen Yunker, Marc Yunker (deceased), and sister Sandra Stackman. Nieces and nephews, Julie and Darcie, David, and Andrew. Brother-in-Law, John Stackman, (deceased), Sisters in Law Karen and Cheryl.
From Calif. Andie is survived by Husband Pete Marchand, Brothers in Law Michael Hassler, Joe Marchand, and David Marchand, niece Cori Smith, and Julie Marchand, nephews, Tony Marchand, Ryan Marchand, and Kyle Marchand. Sisters in Law, Debbi Marchand, and Debbie Marchand.

In 2012 Enloe Hospital sent Andie to Sacramento for Open Heart Valve surgery. Recovery was OK, three months later Andie had a Stroke. For the next six and a half years Pete was able to care for her at home. Andie spent the last three years of her life at Windsor Chico Care. Andie passed away with her cat Tavi and Pete by her side.

I think Andie might be remembered best when wearing her favorite Tee Shirt from Alfred Peets Coffee in Berkeley, that read, Bitter, Sweet, & Complex. YUP, that was my Andie. No more pain and struggling for you.

I Love you Always, I miss you to my core. may you finally Rest in Peace.