MARTORANA, Jennie Passed away Saturday June 16, 2012 of complications due to a stroke. Born October 22, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. Like many women, helped in the war effort during World War 2. Married at age 26 to Sam Martorana. With their first son in tow left Chicago in 1954 for Los Angeles. She had another son and a daughter. Later and for the next 50 years worked with her husband and created a successful Italian family restaurant named Casa Bianca, located in northeast Los Angeles known as Eagle Rock. Jennie was a people person, she was about family and friends as well as a voracious reader and loved to talk politics. Her greatest pleasure was having family and friends over while she prepared a delicious dinner. She is survived by son Ned, daughter Andrea, grandson Jordan and granddaughter Lyndsay. Funeral service will be Thursday, June 21 at 11:00 am at Eagle Rock Baptist Church, Eagle Rock. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 20, 2012