Mary J.
Reidy, Mary Jane, a 50 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 in Torrance. Born in Rochester, NY, Mary was 82 when she died. Mary was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Church of Redondo Beach and attended daily mass for many many years. Mary had great style and enjoyed going thrift store shopping and antiquing. She had a creative side and tried her hand at refinishing furniture. Later in life, while her faith in God was her foremost priority, she absolutely loved and doted on her two beautiful grandchildren. She was a beloved friend to many people. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John V. Reidy of Torrance, CA; sons, John, James, and Timothy Reidy of Torrance, CA; daughter, Maureen Ann (Steve) Trelease of Torrance, CA; brother, Paul McCarthy of Salt Lake City, UT: grandson, Nathan Trelease; and granddaughter, Stephanie Trelease. She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Patrick McCarthy and her sister Elizabeth Stewart. Vigil Services will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Monday October 27 at 7pm. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Lawrence on Tuesday at 10am, followed by a reception at the church. Burial will be private at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence Trinity Care Hospice. Please go use Rice Mortuary's website to send the family messages, share memories, and to obtain directions to services.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline


  1. John, Jim, Tim, Pat, Maureen We will always remember Mary, our next door neighbor whose door was always open. She was always there if we needed something, whether it was a spare set of keys or just someplace to go. Love,

  2. The thing that I remember most about Mary is that she was always so friendly whenever I saw her. She had to be one of the nicest people I ever met. I was really impressed by that. There just aren’t that many people around like her.

  3. Dear Reidys: I am saddened to her of your mom’s passing. She was a kind soul and one who will be missed my many I know. The thing I most remember about her as I was growing up was her wonderful sense of humor. She often laughed with us (or at us when we deserved it) and her laugh was so infectious! My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. -Kerstin

  4. You will be with me forever.I will never forget your love and all the things you did for me.Your faith in God was an inspiration.Please pray for me to the Lord our God.We spent so much time together in the last decade,our trips to the Doctor were a lesson in solicitude. Despite your discomfort,you never complained.I will continue to use your example as a way to live my life to the full measure of success. I love you.

  5. Mr. Reidy, Pat, Jim, Maureen and Tim, My deepest condolences on the loss of your [wife and] monther. I have fond memories of her kind and gentle nature – she was the epitome of compassion. I also have fond memories of her great big smile when we were kids and we cracked her up with some foolishness of one sort or another. Many times she would not make a laughing sound, she would just wear this big grin in response to something we said or did. It was always obvious to me that the joy in her life came from her family.

  6. My thoughts have been filled with memories of the early days on Michelle Dr. and the many happy, and sometimes stressful , times Mary and I spent together. I will miss being able to call and reminisce with her–am hoping to get down for Tuesday’s service. Love

  7. Mrs. Reidy was so kind to all the Michelle Drive neighborhood boys and always made us feel welcome in her home. We would gather at the Reidy home to watch football games and play poker. Mrs. Reidy was a big part of our growing up. he left this world a better place. I will be forever thankful for all she did for me. Love, Bob Pfaff

  8. Dear Reidy Family, I’m saddened by the loss of Mrs. Reidy. There was a time in my life when I had lost the closeness of my own mother, thank God we got it back, but Mrs. Reidy was there for me when I really needed a mom. God bless your family and know that she is in a great place where pain and suffering do not exist. Love, Laura

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook