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Assunta D'Egidio

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Assunta D'Egidio Obituary
September 20, 1927 - June 25, 2016 Assunta D'Egidio passed away peacefully in her home in Sherwood Forest, California on June 25, 2016. She was loved and adored by all who knew her. Assunta was born on September 20, 1927 in San Polo Matese, Italy, to Maria Iacobelis and Antonio Campanaro. She had an older sister, Angelarosa, who was eighteen years her senior and who had six children with her husband, Michele Iezza. Assunta enjoyed playing with these nieces and nephews and they had many happy times together both in Italy and in the United States, after they all immigrated. In her early twenties Assunta left Italy to marry her childhood sweetheart, Arthur D'Egidio, in Los Angeles. When she first arrived in America she lived with her father, Tony Campanaro, who resided in Culver City and was an animal trainer for the Hal Roach studio and worked on the "Our Gang" and the Laurel and Hardy movies. Assunta and Arthur were married on January 22, 1950 and they celebrated sixty-six glorious years together. The great loves of Assunta's life were her husband, her children and grandchildren, and recently her two great-grandchildren. It was a labor of love for her to cook and care for her three children Michael, Bruno, and Rosemarie, and as a Nonna she enjoyed doing these same things for her grandchildren. The listening ear and unconditional love that she always demonstrated for her family was one of her defining qualities and appreciated by all who experienced it. Assunta, known as "Sue", had a lifelong passion for cooking and caring for her family, and she mastered many Italian delicacies and loved to try new recipes. It was one of her great pleasures to cook for and to spend time with her extended family, friends and neighbors and her selfless dedication to her home and others made her a quintessential Italian woman. From soon after she arrived in America, Assunta's husband Arthur ("Art") and his brother John were business partners. As the brothers worked extremely long hours building their business, D'Egidio Brothers Enterprise, Sue and her sister-in-law Mary teamed up to keep each other company. Both families had babies and young children to care for, and since Sue did not drive the two friends spent every day together shopping, running errands and preparing meals. For many years, the families were together from breakfast through dinner, separating only to bring the kids home to bed and to then wait for -- and prepare another, late meal -- for their husbands. The families lived around the block from each other from 1954 to this day and it was the two friends' independent management of the home and children that allowed the brothers' business to flourish. Even as the children grew older, Sue still saw Mary every day and they talked on the phone often -- they were the best of friends. A few years later, when Art and John's sister Lucy and her husband moved to California the ladies added Lucy to become a threesome and over the years spent many happy occasions together with their entire and growing families. We will always remember Assunta for her outgoing personality, her quick, cheery banter and sense of humor, and her penchant for giving people nicknames. She was a woman of great faith and loved her parish, Our Lady Of Lourdes, and reciting the Rosary. Assunta is survived by her children Michael (Marilyn) D'Egidio, Bruno D'Egidio, and Rosemarie Broderick D'Egidio; her five beloved grandchildren Arthur (Stefanie) D'Egidio, Micaela (Brian) Bohn, Deanna D'Egidio, Tyler (Hannah) D'Egidio, Masen Broderick; her cherished great-grandson Jack Bohn and her great-grand-daughter Celine D'Egidio; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her sister-in-law.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 6, 2016
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