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Nadine Spatafora Obituary

Nadine  Spatafora
Nadine Spatafora

January 26, 2018
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We mourn the great loss of our treasured sister, adored auntie, and forever friend Nadine Spatafora. She had battled several forms of unrelenting cancer for over a decade until January 26, 2018 when she passed away peacefully while in her sleep at her home in West Hollywood. She was 65. Raised in San Pedro, California by Tunisian immigrant parents Lucie and Ange, she arrived in 1959 at age of 7 speaking only French. She is survived by her younger sister, Martine Garcia. From an early age, she demonstrated a sparkling vitality, tenacious spirit, and exquisite taste expressed in her love for modern art, designer fashions, frequent travel, and of course, chocolate.
A rowdy San Pedro Senior High graduate from the Aquarian class of 1970, Nadine loved the beach, hippie style, and her VW Bug. After visiting France for a year, she returned to earn an Associates of Arts degree at the Fashion Design School at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. She graduated receiving awards for designing her own knitted textiles and colorful, classic garments. The eldest of three sisters, Nadine always had a creative, independent, fun-loving gleam in her vivid green eyes. Her nature served her well for 10 years as an apparel designer in Los Angeles for several prominent design studios, including Carole Little sportswear.
In pursuit of more career stability, her interests shifted dramatically as she developed a serious (but never stuffy) talent for estate and tax planning, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies at the University of West Los Angeles in 1984. Nadine then began her over 25-year tenure at Weinstock Manion Law Corporation in Century City, where she earned a promotion to Senior Paralegal advisor. In addition, she provided Pro Bono guardianship and conservatorship paralegal services to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and presented as a guest lecturer at UCLA Extension for a class on Estate & Gift Taxes. Devoted to her work, Nadine also counted dozens of the law firm’s office staff and clients as close, lifelong, personal friends.
Free time meant travel adventures to several states, Europe, Mexico, and China, enjoying Thai food and a night of dancing, attending the theater, or avidly reading gothic mystery novels. Always insisting on the best in life, Nadine made everyone feel glamorous, and pampered. She always lent a spark of mischief, effervescence, and fun to any gathering. Above all, she loved showering her adored nieces Grace and Alex Garcia, and grandnephew Aidan with boundless affection, gifts, love, and attention. Nadine had a beautiful, generous, sparkling spirit that will forever shine in our hearts. Her sweet smile and those amazing green eyes are so very dearly missed.

Nadine requested that any donations in her memory, and in turn the memory of her sister Letitia Woodson (who also sadly succumbed to cancer in 2016), be given to the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai. To read more about the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center, please visit the following link: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/locations/samuel-oschin-comprehensive-cancer-institute-150.html
Monetary donations can be made at: www.youcaring.com/nadines