Maria De Luca
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2/2/1924 - 6/14/2020 Maria De Luca (Masia) passed away peacefully at home on the morning of June 14, 2020, at the age of 96. As the fifth child, out of seven, Maria was born on February 2, 1924 in Lucera, province of Foggia, Italy, to Angelo and Concetta Masia. Maria had many fond memories of her parents and siblings and often recalled her life to anyone who would listen. She was a great storyteller and told stories about her life during WWII, how she met the love of her life, Raffaele, her journey to America, and raising her three children in San Pedro, CA. She will always be remembered for being an amazing cook and a happy woman of strong faith, devoted to St. Padre Pio. Maria is survived by her daughter, Carmela Colonna (Isidoro); son, Michael De Luca (Lynn); and daughter, Tina Mattera; her grandchildren, Lucy Fedor, Johnny Colonna, Mary Quides (Arnold), Nicole Velazquez (Armando), Michael De Luca (Kristen), Christine Mattera and John Mattera; her great-grandchildren, Vincent, Austin, Alexis, Raffaele, Carly, Michele, Ryann, Sophia, and Jax; and her many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister, Rosita Maestri of Sardinia, Italy. Maria was preceded in death by her husband, Raffaele De Luca (1984), her son-in-law, John Michael Mattera (2012), and sister-in-law, Maria Vuoso (2012). The family would like to thank Maria's caregivers, Boots and Ellen, for their compassion and taking excellent care of "Mamma" for the last two years. Please sign the guestbook at

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jun. 19, 2020.
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June 24, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family. Wish I would of been here to comfort my cousin Carmela, who I love very much. She knows my thoughts and prayers are with her.
Marie Malley
June 23, 2020
Has been many years since I saw Maria. Her husband worked for my father on the S.G. Giuseppe. I would see her when she visited our neighbor Maria Vuoso. So sorry about your loss. Lou Mascola D.D.S. and family.
lou mascola
June 19, 2020
It is my wish to extend my deepest condolences to the DeLuca family, and extended family members. It was a pleasure to know Maria DeLuca, as well as her entire family, what a wonderful lady she was. Respectful, loving, thoughtful and caring person. She was always a very supportive person, who always had a positive thought about anyone she came in contact with. I know she will be gravely missed by all her family as well as her many friends.
God Bless her soul and her entire family during the difficult time.
Your friend Frank Camello
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