heila Ray Gianelli, a long term Redondo Beach resident, passed away quietly in her home on August 12, 2008. She recently celebrated her 64th birthday. Sheila was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on June 9, 1944. She later attended high school in Arizona and then college at Arizona State University. Sheila later traveled the world as a flight attendant for American Airlines where she met many celebrities, including Elvis, The Beatles, Marlon Brando, and Ann Margaret among others. Sheila was a talented singer and dancer who performed as a back up vocalist for country music legend, Waylon Jennings among others. Sheila moved to Redondo Beach in 1965 where she met her husband Michael. Sheila is survived by her husband Michael and two children, Gina and Jeffrey. The Family will be holding a memorial service to celebrate Sheila's full and exciting life. The service will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, August 23, 2008. Baycities Community Church is located at 2043 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA. Please join us celebrating her wonderful life.

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  1. We will always remember Sheila’s kindness and generosity as she welcomed us into the St. Lawrence community. Her wonderful spirit continues to live on with so many of the events and traditions she helped to establish at SLM.

  2. Although I never knew Sheila, I know she has left a wonderful legacy in her daughter Gina, who has inherited her Mother’s talent and will continue to entertain everyone and make Sheila proud. I send my love and prayers and deepest sympathies to Gina and her family. The road ahead will be painful, but your hearts will heal as you keep her memories alive and cherish the years that you did have this wonderful woman in your life. God bless you all – I send my love and prayers. Cindy Eaton

  3. Although it is difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. -author unknown Gina, I know you have so many wonderful memories of your Mother to keep her spirit alive within you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dear Gina, We are very sorry for your loss and we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Nelly & Doug Clements

  5. I remember meeting Sheila for the first time in the kindergarden playyard at St. Lawrence. I remember her being so friendly and always had a smile on her face. She was always so much fun to be around and so gerenous with her time. Bill will miss seeing and talking to her at the grocery store. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Dear Jeff, There are no words to comfort you at this most difficult time. Losing a mother is so very difficult at any age, but you and your sister are still so young, that it is especially painful. She will always remain close to you, watching over you always. Keep all of the happy memories alive in your heart forever. She loved you very,very much. I know I will remember her smile, her laugh and energy. I remember a field trip from St.Lawrence when you were in first or second grade; she and I were two of the mom’s that went along. We had a great time, and that is where I really began to know what a lovely person your mother was. With our deepest sympathy and love,

  7. Dear Gina, You may or may not remember me from 1990’s “Anything Goes” at El Camino. I played Sir Evelyn. You were always my favorite Angel as you were kind and a joy to work with. Although I did not know your mother, I know you are a reflection of her and as such you demonstrate her attributes. God bless you and lessen your burden at this time.

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