May 11, 1947 ~ October 19, 2009
Barbara Jean Manganiello began her beautiful life on May 11, 1947, in Omaha, Nebraska raised by her mother, Angeline Sesto, and father, Peter J. Sesto. Barbara was the second of four children: Lucille, Joe, and Jim. In November of 1958, the family moved to Inglewood, California. She graduated from high school in 1965 from St. Michael's High School, Los Angeles, CA. Shortly after graduation, she was hired by Joan Wilson (who became her life- long best friend) at American Mutual, where she worked for many years as a compensation clerk. In 1967, she married Albert P. Briganti, and they moved to Hawaii for a short time. Barbara and Albert then lived in San Diego while Albert was stationed in the Navy. In 1969 was the birth of her son, Gregg. Two years later in 1971 came the birth of her daughter, Kristy. Her family was always her first priority. In 1978, she was hired at TRW/Northrop-Grumman as a Data Analyst where she worked for the next 27 years. As a single mother of two, she worked hard managing the house, and raising her children. She became a mom to many of Gregg and Kristy's friends, always welcoming them with open arms, an open heart, and an open home. As a true Italian mom, she loved to cook and fed everyone who came through the door. In 1989, Barbara's friend Don Smith introduced her to Eddie Manganiello, her soul-mate and best friend. It was love at first sight! They were married on May 21, 1994 and lived in Redondo Beach, CA. Barbara and Eddie spent many beautiful years together enjoying each other, family and friends. Some of her favorite times were spent traveling to Alaska, New Jersey and Michigan. Her most precious treasures were her grandchildren, Jessica and Daniel. It didn't matter where she was, what she was doing, or who she was with. The world stopped when they were around. Although her health had changed over the past year and a half, she fought hard to make sure no one would worry about her. Even during months of chemo treatment, she continued caring for her mother and maintaining her home. She found joy in taking care of others and was truly a selfless woman. Over her life, Barbara proved a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She cared deeply for her family to whom she always put before everything else. She shared many close friendships and was a friend you could always count on. Barbara was an angel from heaven who blessed our souls with just one touch. She had a heart of gold. Barbara is survived by her husband, Eddie Manganiello, her mother, Angeline, her son Gregg , daughter, Kristy, and grandchildren, Jessica, and Daniel. She also leaves behind her siblings, Lucille, Joe, and Jim.
A viewing service will be held on Sunday October 25, 2009 from 4-8 P.M. at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 10:00 A.M., St. James Church, Redondo Beach, Ca 90277. A reception will immediately follow in the church hall. Burial will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Pacific Crest Cemetery, 2701 182nd Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.
Barbara loved her doctor and the staff at USC/Norris Cancer Hospital who are working hard to find a cure for cancer. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to USC/Norris Cancer Center Ezralow Tower, 1441 Eastlake Ave., Suite 8302, Los Angeles, Ca 90033. Note in memory of Barbara Manganiello.
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