Juanita entered into rest in the Father's arms Thursday, March 20, 2014. She was born in Sacramento, Calif. July 25, 1945 to Sam and Pauline Oetinger. On October 25, 1981 she married Merl Guches. Juanita resided in the Rogue Valley for over 60 years.
Her passion and career involved 30 plus years of dedication in the NICU unit at Rogue Valley Medical Center. She had a love for the outdoors, loved her family gatherings that spanned over 30 years at a park on the Rogue River, loved her gardening, and had a passion for scrap-booking.
Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Pratt (Steve Pratt), Jim Rowden, Evie Carter (Ken Carter), Desi Guches, and Debra Swinney; sister, June Bartlett; brother-in-law, Ralph Bartlett; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and wonderful friends that loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Pauline Oetinger; sister, Carol Oetinger Wood; and brothers Sam (Butch) Oetinger and Jackie Wayne Oetinger.
Arrangements in care of Funeral Alternatives. A private family gathering will he held this Saturday. A service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the NICU, c/o Asante Foundation, 2600 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, OR 97504.