Rita Asunta Testa

rita testa

January 25, 1924 ~ August 27, 2008

Resided in: Hermosa Beach, CA

Rita Testa January 25, 1924 August 27, 2008 Rita was an extraordinary, energetic woman. Though she stood only 4'6" tall, she towered over others with her love and exuberance for everything she did. She was born into a traditional large Italian family surrounded by music, great food, and greater love. She so enjoyed the beach that she and her husband, Walter, moved her family to Hermosa Beach. Her adoration of music drew her into her job as one of the first Executive Secretaries at Local 47 Musicians Union. She and Walter purchased a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream store, but Rita maintained her position at the Union, working there during the day, and at the ice cream store in the early evening. She still was able to come home after that and make a family meal every night. Rita loved a good time. Her home at the beach was always filled with family and friends. There was never a lack of home-made Italian food. In her later years she turned her social life towards the local Senior Clubs becoming the Vice President of the Redondo Beach Seniors Association. She like to call it the "President of Vice." She donated her time and talent cooking and calling Bingo. She loved Bingo, and loved the trips provided by the clubs. After Walter died, she spent a lot of time traveling with her family and friends to enjoy the casinos and, mainly, the Bingo Halls. She died at home on August 27, 2008 at 3:12 AM surrounded by her loving family and in the gentle arms of her son-in-law, Troy Dickey. She is survived by her large and loving family of children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation and Rosary will be held on Sun. Sept. 7 from 4-8PM at McCormick Mortuary. 1998 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Funeral Mass and Interment will be held on Mon. Sept.8 at 9:30AM at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Reception to follow at The Chart House Marina Del Rey. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society www.leukemia-lymphoma.org, or American Red Cross www.redcross.org. Please go to the mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, obtain directions to services and to check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. To our very special aunt, we love you. Thank you for all the good times we shared together. We will miss you very much and you will be carried in our hearts forever. Chris and Karen

  2. Sweet Aunti Rita, we know that you are with Uncle Walter and living in eternal peace and happiness enjoying heavenly music, and will see you again forever.

  3. May the happy memories of your mom comfort you during this difficult time. All of your cousins in Philly send our deepest condolences. Pls. keep in touch.

  4. You”re in our thoughts,at this time of loss.Please know that we:re thinking of you and holding you close to our hearts.May the memories of the laughter, love & goodtimes we all shared with Rita bring us all peace now & always

  5. How much will I miss my dearest dearest friend?; Friends since our high school years at Catholic Girls High in 1939. We saw each other daily and in between classes we talked about music and our favorite operatic arias. Throughout many years we shared many musical and family events. Of late when we talked on the telephone, we continued from where we left off as if it was just yesterday. I will miss you dear Rita, for you know that I love you. I know too, that you are now happy in Heaven with Jesus our Lord.

  6. I never met Rita in person, but I do know what an extraordinary woman she was from her daughter, Teresa. We talked all the time and she shared her experiences and feelings about her mother. Even though I never met her, I felt I knew her and she was an inspiration to me. I know she will be missed by everyone whose life she touched. I know I will miss her. My prayers, love and best wishes to everyone who loved Rita. She was a very special person. Peace to you all.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Rita was such a wonderful second Mom to me always and I will miss her. My heart is with you all at this very sad time. Love, Julie

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your mom. She will always live through the people she loved and the people who loved her. God bless you all! Peace and love, Wanda

  9. Rita,every day I pray our special prayer to each other, How many seconds are in a minute,60, How many minutes are in an hour,60, How many hours are in a day,24 is never enough time to tell you how much I LOVE YOU.

  10. My heart goes out to the Testa family. I knew Grandma [Rita] through her granddaughter, Lori. She was such a warm and welcoming person when I would stop by to visit. I will never forget her generosity and thoughtfulness towards her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

  11. Our Dear Auntie Rita, You have been a dear blessing to us. You have shared your joy of life, sweet laughter and most of all your faith and courage. May God and all the family’s kiss and embrace be your eternal joy! Love always, Dan & Angie Edwards & family. Holy Spirit of God, send your comfort & strength to Rita’s family.

  12. Please accept our deepest and heartfelt condolence at this most challenging time.

  13. To my dear friends Theresa and Troy, My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to you and the family during such a great loss. I am thankful to my Lord and Saviour for having known Rita. I will pray that the Lord comfort you both and the family at this time. God bless.

  14. Gina, My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family during this time. From what you’ve told me about your mother, she must have been a very wonderful person.

  15. Mom, You were my laughter, my sunshine, my friend. I can’t imagine a day without you in it. You will not be forgotten. I love you so very much. Teresa

  16. I’m sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen your family or your mother for many years but I remember her well. She was an awesome lady.

  17. Grandma, I have been blessed to have had you apart of my life. I will cherish all of the wonderful memories I have your smiling face and good times we had together. You were an inspiration in my life and beautiful kind loving women. I thank you for opening up your heart and accepting me as part of your family. I will miss you dearly, as life will not be the same without you grandma.

  18. May all of you find comfort at this difficult time. If Nathan were here he would feel same way, Elaine sends her heartfelt condolences to all of you. Thank you for all the wonderful years working with Nathan and especially for the beautiful friendship. May you rest in peace Rita.

  19. Grandma there are not enough words nor is there enough time to say how amazing you are. You brought so much happiness and love into my life and I am so blessed to have been a part of yours. You will live on through us… Your children and grandchildren, neices, nephews, cousins and friends. You gave each of us a piece of your light and you will never be forgotten. I know you are with Grandpa now and you are happy as can be, so as much as I don’t want to say goodbye I feel comfort knowing that you are home. I love you and I will be seeing you.

  20. Teresa and Troy No words can express or comfort your loss at this time, hold on to all the wonderful memories you have shared with this wonderful women. I never had the oppurtunity to meet Rita although Troy has spoken very highly of her and that is good enough for me..RIP Rita..be assured she is in a better place..Love Fred…PS..all your co-workers at MO Ventura are thinking about you.

  21. Our thoughts and wishes are with you..You have lots of great memories and you know she is in a better place….

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