Fifi Saldamando Pinedo passed away peacefully at Torrance Memorial hospital on October 7, 2010 surrounded by her family. Fifi was 87 years old. Fifi was born on March 20, 1923 in San Pedro, CA. Fifi married her beloved Joe Pinedo in 1941. They became long time residents of Gardena. Joe passed away September 11, 1989. During World War II Fifi worked at Todd Shipyard and was quickly recognized as the fictional character "Rosie the Riveter" the ideal woman worker: loyal, efficient, patriotic, and pretty. Fifi had no problem working at the shipyard due to growing up with four brothers Frank, Harry, Freddy, and Jess Saldamando. In the 1950's Fifi and family operated several businesses in Gardena which included Tango Café, A Market, Gas Station, and Uncle Pete's U-Haul. Fifi was an active member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary since 1982. Fifi held numerous offices including President throughout her service and most recently Junior Vice President. Fifi actively supported the charitable organization VFW National Home For Children. Fifi was a fanatical Laker's and Dodger fan. Fifi was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Fifi is survived by her Son, Richard (Linda) Pinedo of Cypress, CA, Granddaughter, Debbie (Bob) Osgan of Fullerton, CA, Granddaughter, Lisa (Ruben) Pardo of La Mirada, CA, Granddaughter, Julie (Hassan) Boualam of Irvine, CA. and Great Grandchildren Eddie, Rachel, Halima, and Adam. Preceded in death by her Father, Aurielo Saldamando and Mother, Concha Flores. A Visitation will be held at Rice Mortuary, in Torrance on Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm with a Vigil at 7pm. A Funeral Mass will be on Friday, October 15, 2010 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Gardena at 10:00am with a reception at the Gardena VFW from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Please go to the mortuary's website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Veteran's of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary 3261 Gardena Post in C/O of VWF National Home For Children, 1822 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247 to honor Fifi's life.

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  1. I am sorry for your loss. Fifi was a beautiful woman who had a big place in my heart. I was blessed to have known Fifi for many years, I looked forward to and enjoyed her company at family gatherings and holidays. I enjoyed her sense of humor, her beautiful smile and how she always welcomed me. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to be a part of your family all these years. Those nights before Thanksgiving will never be the same, late night shopping trips, laughter, catching up on life and carne asada burritos in the middle of the night. I will miss you Fifi!!!

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I always had a great admiration for Fifi. During the past several years I thought about her and her incredible family often. Fifi son, daughter-in-law her three wonderful granddaughters. I have many fond and funny memories of Fifi at her son Richard’s house, trips to Vegas, family parties.She was ageless and a great sense of humor. My greatest memory of her is how much she loved her family and friends. God bless you Fifi. We were all lucky to have you. Much Love the Baqi Family(Denise, Angela, Fatima, and Aisha)

  3. We loved Fifi and we will miss her very much. To our wonderful friends, The Pinedo family and Pardo family, May the loving memories of Fifi fill your hearts and help you through this difficult time. Love, Jesse, Linda and Sarah Ruelas

  4. Dear Richie, so sorry about you mom, she was a great lady. we all loved her. She is up there with your dad , my dad, my mom and my brother Bobby. She is probably getting a card game going. lv that lady. we can’t make it to the mass because I am still working. lv you and your family.

  5. On behalf of the Pardo Family, please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved Fifi. We will always remember her for her sweet smile and her pleasant personality. May she rest in peace.

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