During her growing years, she moved often, and went to fourteen different schools. Following graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she spent two years traveling in Europe, after which she ended up spending most of her married life with Dick Citrino on a 40-acre homestead off the grid in Northern California, where they raised goats, vegetables, and two wonderful kids.
She worked for Humboldt County as recycling coordinator and solid waste manager, authored and campaigned for the county’s first recycling initiative, and wrote that county’s waste reduction plan approved by the State of California to detail how the county would achieve a reduction in disposed waste of more than 50%. She served for two years as President of the California Resource Recovery Association, and wrote a guide for rural waste reduction under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
After leaving Humboldt County, Liz and her husband Dick retired to Montana to a place they both wanted to spend the rest of their days. Dick passed away shortly thereafter, and Liz was fortunate enough to find another great love for the remainder of her days, Jerry Gonzales, who has been her constant companion, confidant, and partner for the last seven years, and her devoted caregiver when it meant the most.
Citrino is survived by sisters Patricia Miller of Fairplay, Maryland and Margaret Leader of Terre Haute, Indiana; brother William Nieburg of Crescent City, California; her two children, son Travis Citrino of Kalispell and daughter Gynger Goodrich of Parker, Colorado; by her five grandchildren Michael, Richard and Cambrianna Citrino and Andrew and Victoria Ogden and by her great-grandson Tallonn Xander Greenwood.
Liz was chairman of the Huckleberry Festival Committee for ten years. She worked diligently to make the festival a success year after year. From the parade to the dessert contest, she helped every committee to make the event seamless and fun for the entire community and beyond.
Her love of the outdoors was evidenced by her passion for hunting, gardening, camping, fishing and hiking. And of course, she always surrounded herself with music. She will be missed by so many.
A celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at the park in Trout Creek May 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. It will be a potluck and all are welcome. Any donations to Elizabeth’s memorial can be sent to Huckleberry, Inc. P.O. 1447, Trout Creek, MT 59874. The committee has decided to dedicate any donations to park improvements.