Edith
Edith Mandish January 18, 1919 to February 11, 2010 Edith passed into peaceful eternity on February 11, 2010. Edith was born in Rochester, PA on January 18, 1919. She was the last of eight Donatelli children, daughter of Simone and Marta, who immigrated from Pescocostanzo, Italy at the turn of the Century. Edith and her late husband Mike were married for 66 glorious years. They lived in Torrance for 56 years, where they raised their four children. Edith was very active at the St. Lawrence Martyr church, in Redondo Beach, where they were founding members. Edith's deepest passion was her family. She had four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. All of Edith's family benefitted from her well-known culinary skills, especially her Italian delicacies such as baseball-sized meatballs, lasagna, pasta fagioli and her scrumptious desserts. Edith rarely sat down at family gatherings until everyone was almost done eating because she was so busy making sure everyone had second or thirds. It was emblematic of her selflessness. Edith will be greatly missed by her friends and family whom she blessed with her unconditional love. She is survived by her sons Michael of Torrance (Deanna), Dan of South Beach, OR (Nancy), Gene of Tucson, AZ (Stacie), her daughter Christine Von Helmolt of Redondo Beach (Ken), her nine grandchildren Michelle, Lynne, Amanda, Erin, Joel, Jack, Gibb, MacKenzie and Chloe, and five great-grandchildren Kaleigh, Liam, Megumi, Ray and Ruby. A Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. Reception to follow at the residence of Christine Von Helmolt.

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  1. The McElroy family wishes to extend our sympathies and love to the Mandish family on the loss of Edith. Edith, Mike and their children were our next door neighbors for over 50 years. They were great friends to our parents, their children were our friends and “neighbor” doesn’t come close to being a good enough word to describe their relationship and influence on our family. The Mandish home was filled with music, food, art, laughter, sports, good conversation and louder conversation. Edith was at the center of it all. At critical points in our growing years Edith and Mike were there for my parents during the many crises that inevitably occur during the raising of a family. We couldn’t have been any luckier. Edith, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  2. My heart is with the Mandish family today. The warm memories of our days on Greenmeadows would be incomplete without Edith. Always present and always busy. Edith was the center of her family but never took center stage. Her strength astounding. Man, o Mandish do I remember those muscles! Such a petite package and bigger than life. Our families intertwined and our lives will forever be part of one another. My deepest sympathies and most sincere condolences to all of the Mandish family. With love, Laura Cardenas Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  3. My heart is with the Mandish family today. The warm memories of our days on Greenmeadows would be incomplete without Edith. Always present and always busy. Edith was the center of her family but never took center stage. Her strength astounding. Man, o Mandish do I remember those muscles! Such a petite package and bigger than life. Our families intertwined and our lives will forever be part of one another. My deepest sympathies and most sincere condolences to all of the Mandish family. With love, Laura Cardenas Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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