January 18, 1919 ~ February 11, 2010
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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