Shirley (Trina) Della Gatta
1941 - 2020
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Shirley (Trina) Della Gatta July 10, 1941 - June 14, 2020 Trina graduated from UCLA and later earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership. She started teaching in 1964 and taught English for two decades at Lawndale High School. She then served as a school/district administrator until she retired from CVUHSD, a thirty-nine year career in education. She was married to Joseph Della Gatta from 1964 until his passing in 1997. Trina loved cats and to read, spend time with her grandchildren, stay active with current events, play the slot machines, and mentor young people. In 1971, she was the faculty sponsor for girls to be able to wear pants to high school, and she championed similar initiatives throughout her career. Trina raised her daughters in Palos Verdes Estates. She is survived by her daughters, Joanna and Carla; her sisters, Jeanne and Sue; and her grandsons, Dante, Parker and Skyy. Those who wish to attend the virtual service on June 24th, send flowers, or contribute to the tribute wall, please see the Green Hills Mortuary website. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Anti-Defamation League.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jun. 20, 2020.
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June 25, 2020
Mrs. Trina Della Gatta was a fantastic teacher during my four years at Lawndale High School. My writing skills were terrible. Through her dedicated efforts in working with me I was able to bring my grade. But it was not only me helped, she treated all students the same to whatever level they needed to raise their grade. She was respected by students and staff alike. Mrs. Della Gatta was highly talented and a true professional. She will be sorely missed by all who ever interacted with her.
June 23, 2020
Mrs Della Gatta was a lifesaver for me! I had always struggled in school and had asked numerous times for help. In my junior year Mrs Della Gatta heard my story and helped me immediately ! I will never forget how she changed my life! My thoughts and prayers go out to her family .❤
Robert Alton
June 22, 2020
May her memory be eternal for she is worthy of blessedness.
Alison Aleman
June 22, 2020
Joanna and Carla,

Im so sorry to learn about your mothers passing. Although we lost touch after we both retired from CVUHSD, I have never forgotten her.

I will always remember the times we spent just talking, having coffee, the shopping trips, etc. She was alway so proud of the two of you.

Your mom was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful mentor for me. She also was a wonderful friend.

Please take comfort in the fact that she was loved and is now in the arms of the Lord.

May the love of friends comfort you right now,
Cheryl Boyden Daugherty
June 22, 2020
Trina was a champion of many causes, and many people. I had the privilege of teaching with her at Lawndale High for a decade, and at Leuzinger for another. It was always a delight to see her again in the following years at Class Reunions, and when visiting with friends. Trina was one of the most loyal people I ever knew. She loved her daughters and grandchildren to distraction, and will be missed by all of us. My deepest condolences to the family. May you Rest In Peace, Trina. Love you, Aline
Aline Fillers Jirak
June 22, 2020
Mrs. Della Gatta was always there for me my four years at Lawndale High School. She was like a second mother to me and she always gave me great advice. My deepest condolences to the family.
Tony Castro
June 20, 2020
My Mom, Lucy Adams, worked with Trina at CVHSD. She has very fond memories of her. Our condolences to her family.
Lucy Adams
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