On November 18, 2009, Margaret Erin Caprio, at age 80, passed away in Torrance. Born in Los Angeles on October 24, 1929, Margaret was a lifelong resident of the South Bay. She graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1947 and went on to have a very successful secretarial career. In 1955 she married Ralph Caprio. They purchased a home in the newly developed Southwood area of Torrance and started their family, to which Margaret was incredibly devoted for the rest of her life. Her greatest joys in life came from her family and friends, for which she felt incredibly blessed. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Ralph and their son Matthew. She is survived by sons, James and Andrew, both of Torrance, daughter Diane (Ted) Gasteyer, of Naperville, Illinois, and 2 grandchildren, Emily and Nathan Gasteyer. A gathering celebrating Margaret's life will be held at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Prayer service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery Holy Redeemer Chapel, 5835 W. Slauson Ave. Culver City CA, on Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside service and interment will immediately follow. Please sign the guest book at Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories or obtain directions to services.

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  1. Dear Diane, Jimmy, and Andrew, Ted, Emily, and Nathan, I will miss your wonderful mom and all the comfort, memories, and laughs we have shared throughout the years. I have never met anyone who is stronger than Margaret. Her inner strength and unconditional love made her a hero in my eyes. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and hopefully the good memories of your mom will help carry you through the tough moments. Stacy and Mike Bellante

  2. Diane, Jimmy, Andrew, Ted, Nathan and Emily, I will never forget your Mother and Grandmother. I knew her for my entire life. She was the most compassionate, self-giving person I have ever met. I will miss her tremendously! She was my favorite person to tease with. God Bless Margaret and her family. Sincerely, Gina Shearer

  3. Mrs. Caprio graced my life with her gentle, sweet presence. Her heart and home was always open with a welcoming smile. Truly an angel in spirit and persona. God bless you with His promise of peace and righteousness.

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