Augustine, John Vincent, a 59 year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Monday, February 14, 2011 in Torrance. Born in South Bend, IN, John was 89 when he died. John served on the Battleship USS New Mexico during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. Augustine, Mary Madelyn, John’s wife of 61 years, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2011 in Torrance. Born in Elkart, IN, she was a little older than her husband. They are survived by two children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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  1. Many words and thoughts come to mind this evening in an attempt to outline my personal feelings and the memories of my Uncle John. I will simply state: He made us laugh He knew how to cry He loved life to the greatest extent He thought of others He gave of himself He was generous & kind He loved being an Italian He was proud of his heritage He was handsome He could be stubborn but….. He was gentle He is An America hero with 2 purple hearts He made wonderful meatballs & spaghetti of which I have his recipe and will treasure it always. Uncle John loved life to the fullest. He was so very social-able. Uncle John loved people People loved Uncle John…… I shall miss you Uncle Johnny and treasure the memories from the time I can remember until now. The end could be but the beginning as you Uncle John and Madelyn together journey to the next phase of your adventure through time. With tears in my eyes and love in my heart I say good by. Sneezy

  2. My deepest sympathy to John’s Family. We were childhood friends and phoned each other regularly until he got too sick to talk. May he rest in peace in God’s arms. I will miss him. Love, Mary Coty Brown.

  3. Uncle Johnny kept a large and scattered family in touch. His family was his pride and joy. I thank him for not forgetting us after his sister Jeanette passed in 1952. Because of him, we remain an extended family. Rest in peace with your true love, Madelyn. He lived for all of us, but most of all for her.

  4. I will always remember Uncle John as my favorite uncle. He loved Notre Dame, and would travel to Indiana every couple of years in his younger days to see Notre Dame play football. There was often at least one large dinner planned for him somewhere, and a lot of the Italian relatives would get together. Uncle John always had a lot of funny and interesting stories to tell ! With fond memories,

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