Elizabeth, who was born October 15, 1919 in Milford, Massachusetts passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2010 in Torrance. She was the oldest of seven children of Portuguese immigrant parents, Manuel and Miquelina Cristino. During the depression, her parents moved the family back to Portugal. It was in Portugal that she met Avelino Fatal, fell in love and married and where their daughter, Izilda (Jill) was born. Elizabeth and Lino returned to the U.S. in 1949, first to Massachusetts and subsequently to Gardena, California in 1955. They set up residence in the home that is still the family home today. Elizabeth filled her life with family and friends, always striving to make everyone's life a little more comfortable and more beautiful along the way. In her garden, her pride was centered on her cymbidiums and topiaries for which the City of Gardena presented her a Beautification Award one year. Her work outside the home included designing and pattern making for Hadley Shirts in Los Angeles. She and Lino later operated a restaurant they called the "Lisbon Restaurant" in Torrance on Marcellina Avenue and finally, she worked for Vitco Manufacturing eleven years, until she found a new focus in life, her pride and joy, grandson, Peter. Her evening hours were spent creating unique products in the family garage. When seat belts were first introduced into cars, she turned this idea into a profitable business by purchasing an industrial sewing machine to create the belts. She filled her home with the aromas of wonderful Portuguese dishes, and welcomed many guests to her table. Elizabeth loved her family, her friends and her faith. She is survived by her loving husband, Lino, daughter, Jill, grandson, Peter, and four of her siblings, Manuel Cristino, Silvina Vaz, Maria Seguro, Izilda Spuroni of Massachusetts and Connecticut. On Friday, February 5, 2010, a viewing will take place at McMillan-McCormick Mortuary in Gardena between 5 and 9 pm, with Rosary at 7 pm. A Burial Service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery's Redeemer Chapel in Culver City, Saturday at 10 am. Donations may be made in Elizabeth's memory to the Alzheimer's Association.

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  1. Tio, Jill, and Peter, I was so sorry to hear about Tia. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy, and may your fond memories of your time together help you get through the difficult days ahead of you. Big Hug, Love, Anna

  2. On behalf of myself and my mom, Chiyo Maruki, please accept our deepest sympathy. Elizabeth was a kind and funny lady that I remember so well growing up on Van Buren Avenue. I will always remember her fondly.

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