TOMI GRASSO; wife, mother, friend, died April 24 at Torrance Memorial Hospital of complications from a sudden illness. Tomi, a former beauty queen in her native hometown, settled in Manhattan Beach with her family in 1967. A devout Catholic, she soon became involved with American Martyrs church as a member and supporter. Besides being a housewife she also worked for the Manhattan Beach School District in food services at Mira Costa High School beginning in 1982, a job she proudly held for the past 25 years. Deeply loved by all for her compassion, love and great sense of humor, Tomi is survived by her husband Carlos, sons Carlos (Babbette), Art and Pete (Julie), and daughter Patti. A funeral mass will be held this Saturday, April 28, 2007, 12 noon, at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach.

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  1. Remembering Tomi: Even though Tomi and I hadn’t been in touch for the past several years, she was often in my thoughts; actually, almost every day as I walked to the mailbox on the corner where she lived just down the street. Oh, how I wished I had stopped by to say “hello”. She was a wonderful person, always with that beautiful smile and chuckle. We had such good times at the Little League games. You did a good job, Tomi, in all things. It’s time to rest. God Bless you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. Dear Grasso Family, We grieve with you. Tomi was a wonderful neighbor and friend. She was so warm, vivacious, and full of good humor. Our community won’t be the same without her. Yet her spirit lives on. In deepest sympathy, The Pullen Family

  3. Mr. Grasso and family, Tomi was one in a million. She was someone you liked as soon as you met her. Truly a genuine person, always thinking of others. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Marla, South Bay Adult School at Mira Costa

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