May 23, 1915 ~ November 30, 2001
Irma Vascotto Steffe was born in 1915 in Italy. She lived her life with all the rich Italian traditions she carried. She was a beautiful woman with great class and style, a real lady. She dressed beautifully. She was a quiet but very strong woman who was always generous and kind - helping anyone in need. Her husband and family were the most important people in her life. She did everything she could in the earlier war years to feed, cloth and take care of her family often at great risk to herself. Life was hard. In 1955 she left her homeland of Italy for a better life in the United States. It must have taken a great amount of courage to leave her country to go to a foreign country for a better life for her children.
She was always available to her children and grandchildren. She loved them. We will always remember her wonderful traditions of cooking. The shrimp in red sauce at Christmas, the lasagna, and her meat with cognac sauce, barley soup, Easter breads, fried calamari, baccala and polenta. She had great pride in everything she did. She was a wonderful seamstress and hand made many of the clothes for her children. If something needed mending, she did it. Her pots and pans were her pride and they shined. She never owned a home or drove a car but her riches were greater than that. Her children took care of her needs and all their lives.
She was a devoted Catholic who went to church everyday when she could. Her faith was strong. Her traditions and beliefs were her life.
I think a part of each one of us was made richer with faith and tradition, class and style from the life of Irma. We will remember you and carry on in life with a part of you being a part of us forever.
Thank you Irma for being a part of our lives.
Visitation will be at WHITE & DAY COLONIAL CHAPEL, 901 W. Torrance Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA, 90277
on Tuesday, December 4, 2001 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Celebration of Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at 10:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent St. (at Pac. Coast Hwy), Redondo Beach, CA, 90277. Interment will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. En lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimers Research in Irma's Memory.
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