1932 - 2020
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Elisa Denni Bagdasar was born March 9, 1932 in Long Beach, California to Joseph A. Denni and Grace Hodgkinson Denni and was a lifetime resident of the South Bay. She passed away at 6:25 PM on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 after a short illness due to cancer. She leaves behind four children,
7 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
She graduated in 1950 from St Anthony's High School in Long Beach and attended Whittier College and Immaculate Heart College before marrying the love of her life, Jack Henry Bagdasar on August 22, 1953. They were happily married for almost 43 years prior to the death of Jack in April 1996 due to gastric cancer.
They were blessed with four children: daughter, Laura Ackermann (Jim), her children Andrew (Shannon) and granddaughters, Samara and Avery
and daughter Natalie; daughter, Diane Dalessio (Michael, deceased 2012) their children Megan and Jack; daughter, Susan Trible and son, Patrick Mnatzakanian; and James Bagdasar (Jan) and their daughters Brooke (Tom) and Claire, along with many nieces and nephews.
Elisa was employed as a Special Education Aide at Silver Spur School and later at Rancho Vista Elementary for over 13 years. She also worked for the Denni Corporation for 21 years as Corporate Secretary and for the final 11 years as President.
Elisa volunteered as a Docent at the Banning Museum since 1984.
She was involved at St John Fisher Church with the RCIA Program,
Sandwich Ministry, and as a Bereavement Minister for 17 years. She was also a member of Mary Potter at Little Company of Mary Hospital since 1992.
Elisa was a generous loving mother who devoted herself to her family. She had a servant's heart and donated time to her church, community and others in need.
She is, and will be, deeply missed by her family and friends.
Memorials to the Banning Residence Museum, Little Company of Mary Hospital or the Palos Verdes Education Foundation would be appreciated.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jan. 7, 2021.
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Diane P. Norman
January 9, 2021
I was a Eucharistic minister at St. John Fisher's 10:45 Mass with Elisa and she was always so pleasant and kind. I'm sorry for your loss and will pray for her and her family.
Brad Au
January 9, 2021
I live in the house that Elisa, her brothers and her parents lived in when she was around eight years old. Her back bedroom is my bedroom and her brothers bedroom is my mom's office and her parents bedroom is my parents bedroom. The house is still the same out front.
She and I would help decorate the Banning Museum for Victorian Christmas every November and she would tell me stories about the house on Lakme Avenue. I will remember the stories and cherish them in my heart. Also, a friend of hers (Louise Iacono) is talking with her up in heaven along with Elisa's husband Jack and her parents Joseph and Grace. Elisa, you are truly an ANGEL in Heaven.
Lori Roberts
January 8, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will miss you always. I appreciated Elisa's helpfulness as a new docent, her charm as a hospitality committee member and her contributions to the Christmas decorating crew at the Banning Museum. Rest in Peace Elisa.
Kathy Sauers
January 7, 2021
Working with Elisa at Banning Museum was a delight. We will miss her and her vast knowledge of the Museum.
Elaine Booth-Carnegis
January 7, 2021
My name is Carlin Ritter a parishioner at St John Fisher church. Elisa and I served as Eucharistic ministers together at the 5:15 pm mass regularly since I joined the parish in 2005. Elisa’s kindness and caring always touched my heart. We had wonderful conversations about church and teaching. Elisa had a beautiful attention for detail and I remember her taking beautiful care of our church and the flowers. We were neighbors and I often saw Elisa on walks. I miss Elisa and may her beautiful soul be at peace and find heavenly joy with Jesus her savior whom she do greatly adored in dedication.
Carlin Ritter
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