Jane
Randazzo, Jane Riddell Jane Riddell Randazzo, a longtime resident of Torrance, California, passed away on September 4, 2009. Jane was born in Luverne, Minnesota, on July 11, 1932, and has resided in Torrance for the last 44 years. In addition to being a loving wife and homemaker, she was a very active member of the Seaside Elementary PTA in the Torrance Unified School District where she volunteered hundreds of hours tutoring children, assisting teachers with instructional activities, and working in the school's library. She was presented with the PTA Life Achievement Award in honor of her commitment to children. Jane later worked for many years as the Vice President for Pension/Profit Sharing Systems in Long Beach where she managed pension plans for numerous professionals. In her spare time, she enjoyed working in her garden, solving challenging crossword puzzles, reading, volunteering for political campaigns, and writing poetry. Jane will be remembered for her thoughtfulness and wisdom. She never failed to acknowledge the birthdays, anniversaries, and special events of the people she loved. Jane is survived by her husband, William Randazzo, and three daughters, Leslie Riddell, Doreen Means, and Carolyn Seaton. She was the proud grandmother of Stephanie Thomas, Thomas Means, Angela Means, Richard Thomas, and Lindsey Ballard, and she was delighted with the arrival of her five great grandchildren, Anthony and Matthew Thomas, Gregory and Samantha Means, and Matthew Kingsley. Her beloved first husband, John "Jack" Riddell, and her sister, Donna Schmidt, preceded her in death. The family will hold a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jane's name to the Seaside Elementary PTA. Donations can be mailed to Carolyn Seaton c/o MBUSD, 325 S. Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com, to send the family messages and share memories.

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  1. I would like to share my sincere condolences with the family. I have known Jane for 44 years (I’m 46!), lived next door and had a wonderful childhood growing up with Jack, Jane, Leslie, Dodi and Carolyn. Jane was always there for my family and will be there sincerely missed… I love you Jane! David

  2. Dearest Carolyn, I am sending you and your family my condolences as well as prayers. A chapter has closed with the passing of your mother. I always appreciated her quick smile and kind thoughts. When I think of your mom, I think of how welcoming she was and how very kind and thoughtful she was to me. May she be at peace now and may you find comfort in the love that she had for you and your family. She raised a beautiful daughter. A young woman I am proud to call my friend. All of my love, Cheryl Gros Drohan

  3. When Carolyn was the vice principal and acting principal of MBMS, her Mom came in almost every day to help out her daughter in what ever was she could. It was during this time that I met Jane. While we were filing or getting tests ready to send to the state, she was always willing to share her many words of wisdom on raising a daughter. Her advice has stayed with me for all these years and has helped me in raising not only my daughter but also in dealing with my students. Jane adviced me to love and support my daughter by letting her be who she is naturally and to make sure she gets plenty of sleep even if it means stopping her late night/ early morning study session.I was blessed to have known her.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Dear Carolyn, I was so sorry to learn of your huge loss. Your mom sounded like a caring, smart and talented person. I wish that I could have met her. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Peg

  5. Dear Mrs. Seaton, Please accept my deepest condolences. I offer my prayers for your family’s and your mother’s peace. Thank you for informing me of this. Sincerely, William

  6. Jane will be remembered in our family for her kindness to our Dad, Cathy, Linda, Kim, Sally, Erin and Steph, Vanessa, Mike, Greg, Jimmie and Johnny

  7. Carolyn, Our thoughts are with you and your family. I only had a chance to meet Jane a few times, but she was always warm and thoughtful. We bonded over crossword puzzles – we both did them in ink 🙂 Big hugs, Bob and Corinne

  8. Carolyn, I’m sorry I never had the opportunity to meet your Mom. I have a sense of what she was like in knowing you. She did one heck of a good job in raising you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Terri

  9. Carolyn So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. It’s so hard to lose them. Your Mom was a giver and made a difference. I enjoyed reading about her. My condolences and best to all of you as you carry on her legacy. Not sure if you knew Jacquie Haas but she was at South and graduated in 79. Her mother passed away last week too. Enjoy each day with those we love. My best. Maria Cominis

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