November 6, 1918 ~ June 1, 2005
Mr. Armand Thomas Compagna, born in Morristown, Vermont on November 6, 1918, the ninth of 16 children; died at home, June 1, 2005 after a long illness, at age 86. A veteran of WW II he served his country as a sergeant in the Army Medical Corps in France and Iceland. Making his home in Redondo Beach, California he raised his two sons, J C (Jerry) and Roger while working as an aerospace assembler for McDonnell-Douglas, Northrop and later Garrett Air Research, from which he retired in 1982.
A life-long Catholic, Armand was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach and later a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church when the new church was built in Hermosa Beach in the late 1950â€™s. Active in a variety of church ministries over 40 years, Armand taught religious education, visited homebound parishioners, served as a Lector, Acolyte and Eucharistic Minister. He was a devout Catholic who participated in many a Scripture and spirituality class; always interested in learning more about his faith.
For 18 years he also served in a variety of community activities including the â€œFriend to Friendâ€ program at Beach Cities Health Care District. Armand enjoyed photography, playing his banjo and guitar, and was an avid Dodger fan.
He was preceded in death by his son, J C (Jerry) and 11 of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his son, Roger (wife: Debbie), brother Paul; sisters, Laurette and Sister Germaine; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Building Fund. Rosary will be offered on Monday, June 6th at 7 PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, on Massey and Fifth Street, Hermosa Beach, California. Funeral Mass will be celebrated the following day at 10 a.m. in the church.
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