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Lucie Spatafora Obituary

Lucie  Spatafora
Lucie Spatafora

October 2, 1929 - May 16, 2017
Born in Tunis, Tunisia
Resided in San Pedro, CA
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Our beautiful, loving mother, Lucie Spatafora passed away in tranquility at her beloved home in San Pedro on May 16, 2017 at the age of 87 in the presence of her daughters and granddaughters. Ever since she and her husband of 60 years, Ange, brought their "little family" to California in October of 1959, she made San Pedro her own. She travelled the world and spoke 4 languages, but always said, "I love my San Pedro," upon return from even the briefest trip. The second eldest of 7 sisters (Anna, Marie, Rita, Gilda, Elvire, and Claire) Lucie was born in Tunisia, with original ancestry from Sicily. A self-taught gourmet cook, it wasn't long before Lucie began lavishing her family and friends with the most sumptuous meals imaginable. From homemade cheese gnocchi to lamb couscous to her famous flan, she became adept at classic French, Italian, and Arabic cooking. As a masterful home chef, she adored hosting gourmet luncheons for her "French Group," or whipping up a modest 5-course dinner party for twelve. The daughter of a professional seamstress, Lucie also had a talent for sewing beautiful garments for her family. Knitting and embroidering baby gifts also came easily. Always adored by children, enthusiastic word-of-mouth helped Lucie become known to many local parents as San Pedro's go-to daycare provider in the 70's and 80's, as she helped raise and nurture dozens of infants and preschoolers. Some still keep in touch! She made many lifelong friendships through her day care service, and at many social events sponsored by the Sons of Italy Federation, Mary Star of the Sea, the Elks Club, and Fédération des Alliances Françaises. Always adventurous and fun-loving, an invitation to travel was always met with a cheery "why not?" whether it was to an exotic island like Aruba, the south of France, Rome, or Las Vegas. She'd always try to order a pineapple margarita even though no-one really makes those but her, and she'd never turn down a game of 8-card Bingo, gin rummy, bocce, or trying her luck at the penny slots. Lucie lived a life devoted to family. With husband Ange, they bought a home, and managed their own auto repair business on 18th and Pacific, realizing their own American dream. They raised three daughters, Nadine, Martine and Letitia, and later became the adored "meme" of two granddaughters Grace and Alex, and great-grandson, Aidan. Sons-in-Law Josue Garcia and Gary Woodson soon became fans of dinner at Lucie's and were woven into the fabric of her closely-knit family. She is survived by all except her loving husband and devoted daughter, Letitia. A sincere thanks goes out to Trinity Hospice, and all her caregivers for their faithful attention during her final weeks. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, May 24th at 10:30 am at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church.




Mary Star of the Sea Church
877 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, CA US 90731
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
10:30 AM