December 20, 1928 ~ March 4, 2013
Harbor City, CA
Petrina J. LoCoco
12-28-20 to 3-4-13
Petrina, beloved wife, mother and grandmother is now safely home with the Lord and so many of her family members. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on December 20, 1928 but raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the youngest child of Carmen and Angelo LaBarbera. She grew up in the historic "Third Ward" of Milwaukee, where her foundation for her strong Catholic Faith was infused along with her love and devotion of Family, Friends and good home-made Italian Food. She was married to Steve J. LoCoco in April 1949, and was with him until he passed away on September 1, 2004. She was predeceased by her husband Steve of 53 years and by her sons Michael and Joseph. She is now deeply grieved by her remaining youngest son Steve.
After her marriage and beginning her family in Milwaukee, they moved to California in 1963. She worked for 15 years with her mother and father at LaBarbera Coffee shop in Gardena. In 1978 she opened "Petrina's Boutique" in Torrance as owner and sole proprietor, always enjoying servicing the clothing needs of the local women in the West Torrance area for almost 18 years while providing what many of her customers would say was that "Personal Touch" you couldn't get in the big malls.
Petrina loved life and always wanted to be around her friends and family and cherished the Holidays as a great time to make more memories. She always looked forward with passion to the many gathering and outings put on by her and Steve's life-long second family, the "Sons of Italy." She loved to travel on cruises with her brothers and sisters from the Lodge, trips to Las Vegas, Laughlin and the many other gaming facilities in Southern California. Many times it was just a care-free Sunday afternoon at the Lodge playing Bocce and having sausage sandwiches.
A lifetime devout Catholic, her funeral mass will be celebrated by Bishop Joseph Satoris and held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, in Culver City.