Josephine
McMAHAN, JOSEPHINE GIARDINA Born June 27, 1926 to Matilda Hennessy Giardina and Joseph Giardina. Died January 23, 2005 at the age of 78. Predeceased by beloved husband of 56 years, Gerald McMahan. Devoted mother of Christine Conter, Michael (Debra) McMahan, Tom (Christine) McMahan and Karen (Cameron) Farrer. Proud grandmother of Joseph, Alex and Caitlin Conter, Tristan and James McMahan and Bridgette, Reed and Gabrielle Farrer. A native of Los Angeles, Josephine graduated from Washington High School. She was active in the Mothers Clubs of St. John Evangelist School, St. Mary's Academy and Serra High School. Redondo Beach was her home of the last 28 years. She loved to sing, was a fabulous cook, had the best sense of humor and the greenest thumb. She gave her family the greatest gift of all - a loving home. She dearly appreciated her many friends. Her dazzling smile and bright blue eyes will be missed by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 29 at 12 noon at McCormick Mortuary, 1998 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310)540-7444. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: School on Wheels, P.O. Box 2283, Malibu, CA 90265. www.SchoolonWheels.org.

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  1. Dear Tom and Family: First, I want to tell you about what Leo related to me about your Mom and Dad: He often reminisced about how he would go over to Tom\’s, and whether or not Tom was actually there, Tom\’s parents would treat him just like he was family…insist on a meal, make yourself at home, etc. Tom\’s parent\’s made him feel as if he were one of the family, always at home, as good as your own home. Second, I have a really silly story to tell you about your Mom. At Tom and Christine\’s wedding your Mom and I showed up wearing the same pair of shoes! A total faux pax (sp?) in the fashion world! Anyway, this was the first time I\’d ever met her. She asked me where I\’d bought my shoes. I said that I bought them at Macys. She said, “Oh dear girl, I bought these at Mervyn\’s for only $19.99!” (I paid about twice for them!) Well, ever since then, I\’ve purchased the same shoes, in different colors, at Mervyn\’s. This past Saturday night I happend to wear a pair of those same style shoes, purchased at Mervyn\’s, thanks to your mother. Every time I put them on, including this past Saturday night, I thought of that conversation I had with your mother. What a beautiful, unassuming woman she was! Third, I have to pass this along: Although it may not help you through this difficult time, it may help you in the future, as it has me: It is the circle of life. Your mother has passed on and another life shall come about as a result. It is the natural procession of life to lose a parent. Celebrate the joy of her life and all that she gave to you. It\’s what helps me keep going when I think about both of my parents, both of whom are now gone. Fourth, and finally, remember that you have good friends to lean on in the good times and bad. We will always be there for you as we know you will be there for us. Be strong. Much Love, Leo and Kelly Esquivel

  2. Dear Tom and Family, I just wanted to tell you h ow sorry I am about the passing of your mother. I will never forget how much joy and laughter we had with each other. Especially at the St. John\’s Mothers club meetings. I looked forward to going because I knew I would see your mother there. We had so much fun together. Please give my deepest sympathy to your family. I also will never forget her beautiful blue eyes. I don\’t know if you remember me but I am Ronnie Fiore\’s mom. Love, Mrs. Fiore

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