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. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. My cousin Barbara and the rest of her family moved from Omaha when I was a little girl. The entire time I was growing up I heard over and over again how much like Barbara I was and how I reminded everyone of Barbara. When I was older and got the chance to know my cousin I came to realize the honor it was to be compared to her. She was always smiling, always energetic and always outspoken, in a GOOD way. She was generous with her home and family; all were welcome. I will miss her smile, spirit and sense of humor. Be well now, cousin and say hello to my dad for me.

  2. Barbara will be greatly missed! She was very special to all of us. We remember when we first how warm and inviting she was to all of us. Immediately she made us feel right at home and part of the family. We are glad we have such wonderful memories of her. All our love, Miriam, Adam, Sydney, & Nathan

  3. We were so sorry to hear about Barb’s passing. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Regretfully we will not be able to attend services, but we will be remembering all the good times we had with her, her friendly smile and her ability to make us part of the Sesto family. She will need to meet the angel, Margaret, who taught me how to make potato salad. They will enjoy some at Easter watching us from Above. With deepest sympathy John, Kathy and Chris

  4. I’ve been away from Redondo Beach for close to 15 years but I still hold many fond memories of Barb and our friendship at TRW. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

  5. May God watch over your. My prayers are with you. I have fond memories of Barbara. Respectfully, Raelynn Mc Neil

  6. What started many years ago as a business relationship between Barbara and me quickly became a warm and wonderful friendship. It was a privilege to have known Barbara and I will never forget her thoughtfulness and kindness. With sincere sympathy, Tori Kennerly

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Eddie and Aunt Barbra’s family. I will miss most Barb’s warm heart, bright smile and contagious laughter. I will never forget the summer I spent with Uncle Ed and Aunt Barb with many fond memories including learning how to make guacamole for the first time. All our Love…Jason, Megan, Drew, and Nate…

  8. There are a few patients and families that nurses and doctors never forget. Barbara and her family lead that list!! With much love to all of Barbara’s family during this difficult time. Jennifer Aronoff

  9. Kristy and Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. I know your mom was a fighter but now she is at peace. You, Daniel and Jessica will be in our prayers. Nancy and Phil and Keaton and Sander Alley

  10. Dearest Kristy, Jim, Jess & Daniel, We were so sad to hear of the loss of your beloved mom. Our hearts and prayers are with you. May the love and memories of her fill you up at this time. Lovingly, The Bakers – Jill, Bob, Brigitte & Nathan

  11. Dear Kristy, Jim, Jessica & Daniel, Our sincere condolences to you and your family, our prayers are with you, may God comfort you through this difficult time. Love, Michael, Ingrid, Fonella & Isabella Di Domenico

  12. Dear Kristy and family, We are very sorry to hear about Barbara. We remember her smiling face at Daniel’s baseball game and sweet presence. I know she will be missed. We will keep her and your family in our thoughts and prayers. She is at peace and will still send her love down from above to you all. Love, The Nygaard Family

  13. To Uncle Eddie and Aunt Barb’s family, you are in our thoughts and prayer’s during this difficult time. Aunt Barb is someone that will always be remembered for being so warm, happy, and having the biggest heart. Spending great times with her in jersey, las vegas, and california will always be cherished. With Love, Melissa and Mike

  14. Tom & I never had the privilege of living near Barb, however, when we were able to get to California, we always enjoyed being with Barb at the family gatherings. My dad, Subby, always kept us informed about the happenings of the Sesto family – so I felt connected that way.We love you dear cousin. God be with you. Tom & Joni Czaplicki

  15. Dear Kristy, Jim, Jessica and Daniel, We are truly sorry to hear about your darling Mom. We know how dear and important she was to you all. She will be watching over you from her seat in Heaven. Thinking of her brings a smile to my face, remembering how excited and often loud she would get at one of Daniel’s baseball games…and the look she would get from Kristy (who was so proud of her always)! Hang in there….

  16. Dear Kristy, Jim, Jessica and Daniel, We are so very sorry to hear the sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace and comfort in her love and all your wonderful memories. Love, The Mitter’s Margaret, Todd, Marissa, Natalie and Emily

  17. My deepest condolences on the passing of your loved one, Barbara. I worked with her at TRW/Northrop for many years, and have been keeping her in my prayers since she left the company. My prayers are now for you to be comforted by the Lord, since she is now in His caring arms. May God grant you His Grace in this time sadness. – Marty

  18. Kristy, I am so sorry to hear about your mom, she was always so fun to sit with at the baseball games for the past 2 years. My condolences to your entire family. Anna Schneider

  19. To the Family of Barbara Manganiello, Sending you my condolences, I so wished I could have talked to Barbara before she took a turn for the worse. I met Barbara at TRW when she first hired on into the business office. You could say we’ve crossed paths for over 25 years at TRW/Northrop Grumman. I remember when Kristy was in high school and she use to call her Mom everyday after she got home from school. Now, my daughter who attends West High does the same thing, calls me so I know where she is and that’s up for the day. Barbara was truly a good, warm, and friendly person whom I will truly miss.

  20. To the Manganiello Family I give My Deepest Sympathy.My thought and prayers are with the Family, She will be missed. God Bless

  21. Our hearts are breaking for your loss and ours. Barbara would always light up a room,have everyone laughing and always made you feel like part of her family. We will miss her so much. Please know that we are here for all of you. Our love always, Uncle Louie and Aunt Louise

  22. Hi Kristy – I am so sorry about your Mother I know how much you must miss her. I will pray for peace and comfort for you and your family. Blessings, Lisa G.

  23. Dear Jim, Kristy, Jessica, and Daniel, We are so sorry about the passing of your mother. We offer our condolences and prayers for peace during this trying time. Lots of love with hugs sent your way, Love Christy, David, Amanda, and Lindsey

  24. To the Manganiello Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Barbara for over twenty years at TRW/Northrop Grumman. She talked about her family often and was so proud of all of you. She was a very kind person, and she always made me laugh. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  25. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. I worked with Barbara for many years and I always enjoyed our talks. She was always so fun to be around. My heart goes out to all of you. She will be missed

  26. Dear Manganiello Family, I am Louise Sesto’s sister. My husband and I would like to offer our deep condolences to all of the family and extended family of Barbara. I lost my mom seven months ago and there is nothing to compare to losing your mom. The best thing I can say is to allow yourself to grieve as long as you have to and share all the wonderful memories. I have meat most of you at my brother-in-law, Louie Sesto’s 70th birthday party. Kristy I was at your shop once and Jim I remember you from Eric’s wedding. And then my mom had a close relationship with Angie and would have lunch with her when ever she was in CA. Louise has shared many things about your family and I often heard what a close family you are, which will get you through this very hard time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Barbara and Michael Peterson

  27. Whether it was for a serious talk or a good laugh, and we did a lot of both over the years, Barbara was the “go to gal”. Good thoughts, great memories and peace be with all of you.

  28. Kristy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Bobbie Butler

  29. To Eddie,Angie,Gregg,Kristy,Jim,Nikki,Jessica,Daniel,Jim,Joe,and Lucille, and everyone that loved Barbara as much as I did. It was hard to get the news on Mon.,but Im so thankful for the 20 some years that I had Barbara and her family in my life. Barbara helped me out so much in our early friendship that soon turned to me feeling like part of her family,she always had her door open for me and she’d have my counter stool waiting for our long talks. I will miss her so much,and she was truly a Very special person with a Very special family,My love to everyone, Dwayne

  30. Kristy, we are very sorry to hear about your mom. We sat next to her, several times, when Daniel and Joshua played baseball together. Our warmest condolences to you, Jim, Jessica and Daniel.

  31. The numbers are balanced, the analyses done, the last task complete. Thank you Barbara, for sharing your life with all of us, for the compassion and kindness, for being there when needed. Family, friends and others whom she touched, fondly smile and shout “a life well lived.” She made a difference! Aloha and A Hui Hoe (Until we meet again) C. J. & Helen Groves

  32. Kristy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Samantha Leddel

  33. Two Things I Remember About Barbara When She Lived in Omaha: 1. Riding her bike from 31st and Bondeson to 36th and Martin Avenue to play with her cousin, Janet. Quite a long bike ride! 2. Barbara also had her own paper route, an early entrepenuer. I’m sure her dad, Pete and her Uncle Fred were at the heavenly gates to welcome her home.

  34. Dear Eddie and Barbara’s family, We are all Blessed for having Barb in our lives. Not only were you a wonderful Sister in Law, but also a great friend. I’ll be sad when I can’t pick up the phone and call you. But how wonderful to have another angel over us. You will always be in our Hearts.

  35. Barb, Having you for family has meant the world to me. I could always count on you for a laugh. You were always there to make me feel at home and of course feed me–5 cookies is just not enough and you understood that!!! I will always love you, Terry

  36. My sincere condolences and sympathy. My prayers are for you and your family during this difficult time. May your Mom rest in peace.

  37. Dearest Kristy and family… Jeanine told me about the passing of your mom. I am truly sorry for your loss. No matter how old we get, the loss of a parent hits us at our core. I know you were an attentive and caring daughter, especially through her illness. Take comfort in knowing she is at peace now and watching over you and your beautiful family.

  38. Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss of a beautiful cherished mother, daughter, wife, grandmother and sister. Knowing that she was surrounded by loved ones in her last days shows how much she meant to everyone. You know her strongest attributes will forever be remembered.

  39. Barbara was a kind and giving person. I have so many good memories from my childhood and as an adult. I will truly miss her.

  40. All the wonderful times we shares and good fun will be greatly missed as well as you my very special friend… I Love You and Miss You with all my heart Des

  41. I will never for get the yard sales we had at lomita and our house in Torrance whe eddie and Barb spent the night and we partied and had a blast selling junk, I loved Barb’s heart, she loved her children and grandkids as I do and we shared our stories together.

  42. Kristy and Family, just wanted you to know that the thoughts and prayers of the Camberos and Rodriguez families are with you, and that we love you. Marisela, Cathy, Sandra, Laura, and Lily

  43. My deepest condolences go out to all of Barbara’s family and friends. Our lives (and all of the get togethers and Holidays) will never be the same! I will miss her dearly. My prayers are with all of you. Love, Paul

  44. Eddie, Kristy, Jessica, Daniel, and Greg I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Barbara. She was such a wonderful friend to me over the last 20+ years. I will miss her but am so greatful her pain is finally gone and that she has gone to be with the Lord. Scott & Nicky Brown & Family

  45. To Barbara’s entire family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Barbara has left you with beautiful memories, there is something to be said for that. She will visit you in your dreams and be in your hearts enternally. That final goodbye is the hardest but there is comfort in knowing, she is resting now. Sincerely, Dick and Janette Toma

  46. My deepest sympathy to Eddie and family. May God be with you and your family during these times of sorrow. She touched everyone here at TRW/Northrop Grumman not only as a co-worker, but as a friend.

  47. I am so sorry for all of our loss of Barbara. Not only a rock for everyone , she is a great mom, grandmother to Cody and Seirra and mom to me. I will miss Barb so much. I think of the times her and I would talk on the phone, and laugh about something my dad did or said. Nothing like her laughter, It would make my heart soar. I will forever be influenced by her words of wisdom and love to me! Eric Manganiello

  48. Deepest sympathies to Barbara’s family. I worked with Barbara at Northrop Grumman and TRW. I’m glad I knew her. My favorite memories of Barbara were her sense of humor and her laugh. Things happened at work over the years that were a little bit funny at the time, but after being embellished and exaggerated over the years, would have Barbara laughing so hard she would cry. Great memories. She will be missed.

  49. Kristy and family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She sounds like an amazing woman. And I know for sure she was very loved by Kristy and all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cathy Parks

  50. Dear Kristy, Jim, Jessica, & Daniel I am so sorry for your loss and send my love to each of you. It is so difficult to lose a mom, grandma and friend. Remember all of the good times and know that the love you shared will always be in that special place in each of your hearts. May God comfort each of you and hold you in the palm of His loving hand. With heartfelt sympathy and love, Dena

  51. I’m sorry to here about your loss. I’m sure Pete is having a wonderful reunion with her. I know she will get her body back in the Resurrection and never get sick again. Jesus Lives & Heavenly Father loves us. They are real. Barbara’s life may be over here but it is just beginning on the other side and will never end. I love your family and wish you all the best. Love David Gates & Family

  52. My deepest condolences go out to all of Barbara’s family and friends. I first met Barbara about 8 yrs. ago when we were still TRW. We attended many meetings together, and just before or after the meeting, she would always have something funny, or of interest to say. It was a pleasure to have known Barbara. We shared many a stories of our grand kids of whom we love so much. May God bless and continue to be with you always.

  53. Kristy, Jim, Jessica and Daniel, So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. The Rolandelli’s

  54. Kristy, I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your mother. Thank you for sharing the obit. What an inspiring life! It will help my sense of loss to contribute to the cancer fund. Peace of God to you. Love, Steve

  55. Dearest Angie and family, Our sincere sympathy for your loss of Barbara. We have known Barb since she was in High School. We will miss Barb, as we know she will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She is with Heavenly Father now and in no pain, only peace, love and joy. With love and prayers.

  56. God bless you all and I am sorry for your loss. I’ve heard Barbara’s name so often I felt I knew her. Joe was my neighbor for many years in North Pole Alaska and remains one of my oldest and dearest friends. Often he shared family stories filled with laughter and Barbara’s name. I know her memory will live on through each of us. Peace.

  57. Dearest Kristy~ My heart goes out to you. Losing a Mom must be so difficult.I want to thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute with us so that other people who never had the chance to meet your Mom can somewhat get a glimpse of just how special she was. God bless you and your family, Nicole Guyot

  58. Angie, Eddie, Kristy, Jim and family–Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Patricia

  59. Barb had an amazing way of bringing people together. She was blessed with such wonderful family and friends. Of course it was always around food (that’s the Italian way of doing things). I will miss her contagious laugh and smiling face. My prayers and thoughts are with Barb and everyone she has touched. Emily Breza, Sister-in-law

  60. If feelings translated into words, you could read my heart. Your loss is profound, and for this I pray God will comfort you and your family with the knowledge that your mother felt your love. Everyone should have a family like yours… a daughter like you. With healing prayers and love, Sherry Copp

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