Helen (Maki) Castagnola
1922 - 2021
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Helen (Maki) Castagnola September 6, 1922 - February 2, 2021 Helen was born in San Pedro on Sept. 6, 1922, and passed away on February 2, 2021 at the age of 98. She attended local schools, graduating from San Pedro High in 1940. She was a lifetime resident of San Pedro. After high school she was employed at Marine Hardware where she met her husband, Fred. They had 2 children, Don and Marilyn. During her younger years she was a secretary at Trinity Lutheran Church for 12 years, where she was also a member for over 50 years, received an honorary lifetime membership from the 7th Street School PTA, and worked part-time for various attorneys, as well as volunteering at a hospice. She enjoyed family vacations at June Lake and trips to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion. She will be missed by so many who knew and loved her for her kindness and treating everyone like a special friend. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alma Maki, her husband Fred, and son Don. She is survived by her daughter Marilyn (Castagnola) McGraa. A Graveside will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park on Tuesday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. Masks and social distancing are required. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Helen to the American Heart Association, Trinity Lutheran Church, or Meals on Wheels of Long Beach. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather. Please sign the Guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Feb. 11, 2021.
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Green Hills Memorial Park
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February 16, 2021
Dear Helen, You will be missed by so many especially myself. So many wonderful memories of the beach with our families , going to different fun filled places during the summers and in the last years visiting with you. You were the kindest most loving person and such a great friend to my mom. May you rest in peace with Freddie and Donnie and all your love ones up in heaven. God Bless you

Laurie Stratton
February 11, 2021
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