Helen was born June 19, 1938 to Charlotte (Stacy) and John Cassinelli and passed away on July 23, 2010 at home with her husband at her side. Helen was a 1956 graduate of Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach and received an Associate of Arts degree in Library Science from El Camino College and also attended USC and UCLA. She lived in and around the South Bay since childhood and married Joseph in 1960. She was a member of St. James Parish from 1960 on. Her children, Joseph and Michael, attended St. James School. She worked at the Redondo Beach Library for many years and drove the bookmobile to area schools including St. James. She also worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and ran operations for the Amarna Co. She gave up her active career to care for her parents until their passing. She was actively involved in Catholic Daughters until her illness became too severe. She enjoyed genealogy, photography and most especially spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Joseph, her two boys, Joseph (Cynthia) and Michael (Celene), and her 5 beautiful grandchildren, Eric, Paul, Juliana, Jessica, and Nathanael. Rosary Recitation will be on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM at St. James Church in Redondo Beach. Celebration of Mass of Christian Burial will be the next morning, Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 10 AM also at St. James Catholic Church, located at 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach. Internment will be at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes followed by a reception at Rice Mortuary in Torrance from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Helen was a very kind, gentle and generous person who will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the charity of your choice in Helen's name.

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  1. Joe and Family, Our deepest sympathy goes out to you in the loss of Helen. She was an amazing woman!! I always admired her love and dedication to family. We have been looking at the memory scrap books she put together for Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary in the last few weeks. She had a great talent for that along with her spectacular penmanship and love of family photos. May it give you comfort to know that she is at peace and with the Lord. All of our Love, Brad and Anita

  2. A long battle, finally over. A wonderful woman will be missed. We will surely miss her letters. May God’s peace and blessings be with you. Dave and Cindy

  3. I am so sorry for your loss of your wife, mother, sister, aunt and cousin. I will be praying for comfort and peace during this sorrowful time. May you feel the presence of the Lord. I still remember getting dressed up for her wedding and being so excited to wear a dress like a bride. She was so kind and gentle with me. I loved going to Aunt Lottie’s house and feeling the love of the family. I pray that love continues on through the generations.

  4. When one is reflective, I think the substance of one’s character and how they deal with the circumstances they faced, shape who they truly were during their time on earth. While my interactions with Helen were brief encounters at St. James softball games, she gave the impression of having a strong character. I know the past several months of poor health weighed heavily on the circumstances of her and her loved ones. Despite her recent struggles, Helen seemed to put a good face forward every time she was strong enough to grace us with her presence at softball games. I know Helen will be missed. She leaves behind loved ones that will carry a positive legacy forward.

  5. Joe and Family, Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mother. May the love and prayers of family and friends help you in the days ahead. Petricks

  6. Just wanted to let you know how much we will miss Helen. She was so kind to Matthew and me especially during the rough times. Her generous heart and sweet smile will be greatly missed. We love you Helen and look forward to seeing your smiling face when we join you up in heaven. In the meantime….big air hugs and kisses.

  7. Helen Resong and I were close friends for 34 years. I lived at 4015 Emerald Street in Torrance when I first met Helen and Joe and her Mom and Dad. She was always there to lend an ear or helping hand to anyone no matter what their circumstances were. She had high family values and was an active member in her church and community. She was a bright, intelligent and talented individual who will surely be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. I was always treated like a member of her own family and I thought of her as my big sister. She was there for me through good times and bad times (the loss of my parents, and the good times we had at my wedding) I will never forget what you did for me Helen! Rest in peace now Helen for I surely know that you are truly an angel in the heavens above still looking after all of us. I love you and miss you dearly! Your Friend Forever! Colleen Kirlin

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