Claudia Lorraine Balassi, a resident of Mount Shasta, California, passed away on November 9, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta. She was 68 years old.

Claudia was born in Portland, Oregon on October 16, 1944. She moved to Siskiyou County from Auburn, California 30 years ago.

Claudia was a photojournalist for the Auburn Journal.

Survivors include her son, Todd Balassi of Mount Shasta; brothers, Floyd Byrd of Oroville, California and Paul Stith of Delaware; sister, Sandra Gonzalves of Danville, California; and two grandchildren, Julie Balassi of Fernley, Nevada and Brandon Balassi of Mount Shasta.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 2 p.m. at 510 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Suite D in Mount Shasta.

Arrangements are in the care of Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.