May 24, 1946 ~ September 5, 2015
Susan Marie (Habif) Orfila
Born May 24, 1946, in Los Angeles to Elias Marcos Habif and Florence Marie (Pierce) Habif, she died peacefully at her home in Torrance on Sept. 5, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. A longtime resident of Torrance and alumnus of South Torrance High School, she was very involved in her community and lovingly devoted to her family.
In 1963 she met the love of her life, Tony Orfila. They were married June 17, 1967, at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church and they have been members of that Parish Community ever since. While Tony was at USC undergraduate and law school, she worked as a secretary on the USC campus, helping him through school and at the start of his career.
Then along came daughter Cindy (1971) and son Bryan (1975) and she became a stay-at-home mom. During their school years she was a classroom aide at Arnold Elementary School and later active with the South High Band Boosters.
She started a floral business in 1995 with a partner and provided flowers for many weddings and special events. The sight of her open garage filled with floral arrangements was common at her former house on Ocean Avenue.
She also loved boating, USC football, volunteering at Palos Verdes Resale Thrift Shop, genealogy and shopping. She was a woman of faith, and particularly enjoyed putting her floral skills to work decorating St. Lawrence Church and Hall for holidays, special observances and other events as part of the Environmental Committee.
She is survived by her husband, Stanford A. "Tony" Orfila, Jr.; her brother Robert Reese; sister Janet (Jim) Segner; daughter Cindy (Kevin) White; son Bryan (Elizabeth) Orfila; and her grandchildren, whom she adored: Stanford "Stone" Orfila, Peter Orfila and twins Ada White and Molly White.
A memorial service will be held Sept. 19, 2015, 11:00 a.m., at St. Lawrence Martyr Church.
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