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Dorothy Iavello

Newbury Park, CA

Dorothy Iavello passed away on November 18, 2017 at the amazing age of 104. Mom was one strong Irish girl.

Dorothy was born on September 11, 1913 to Judge James E. and Alethea Tully. She was the second oldest of seven children. She grew up during the Great Depression and worked for Nash Motors after high school to help her family get through the difficult times. Dorothy met her husband, Antone Iavello in high school. Afer a long courtship, they married in Kenosha on September 17, 1938. They then moved to Chicago where Antone was working in the music business. The family moved to California in 1948 to further his career. Antone became a noted composer and arranger working in the studios and with famous musicians, Mario Lanza, Benny Goodman to name a few. Dorothy and Antone had seven children with the first four born in Illinois (Don, Ann, Mary and Jim) and the last three born in California (Sue, Cathy and Toni). They were devoted to their children. Tragically, in 1955, Antone died suddenly at the age of 41 leaving Dorothy to raise her seven children on her own; the youngest was three weeks old and the oldest was sixteen. Dorothy devoted the rest of her life to her family.

When her youngest was four years old, Dorothy started working for Steve Allen, the television entertainer. She enjoyed her job with Mr. Allen until her retirement at age 65. After Dorothy retired, she was able to enjoy special time with her grandchildren. Her other interests included volunteering, reading, crossword puzzles and watching sporting events; she was an avid Lakers fan. She delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered at the Simi Valley Senior Center where she was the receptionist. She greeted everyone with her kindness, her beautiful smile and her big blue eyes. Her family would tell you that they cannot think of one person who did not like their mom. They would also say how blessed they were to have had such a loving mother to raise them. Dorothy's greatest joy in life was her family and she was the sweetest mom you could ever have.

Dorothy is survived by her 7 children, Don Iavello, Ann Schamber, Mary McClain, Jim Iavello, Sue Iavello, Cathy Pagano and Toni Miller, 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her "son," Jay Miller, her angel, Carly Ortega and her very special friends, Lois Kurt and Sister Eugenia McInerney.

The family will forever be grateful for the constant devotion and care given to Mom for more than 20 years by her youngest daughter, Toni and her husband, Jay Miller. They were truly her guardian angels here on earth.

We would also like to thank the sisters, nurses, caregivers and the entire staff at Mary Health of the Sick for their compassionate care over the past two years. Additionally, we thank all the kind caregivers at Thousand Oaks Royale Assisted Living who took such wonderful care of Mom in previous years.

In addition, many thanks to her UCLA geriatricians, Dr. Lucia Dattoma and Dr. Michelle Eslami for always being there for us over the years. Their kindness and care is so very appreciated.

Funeral Mass in memory of Dorothy will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Westlake Village at 10:00 am. A reception will immediately follow the Mass in the church hall. Interment will follow the reception at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy's name to Mary Health of the Sick, 2929 Theresa Dr., Newbury Park, CA 91320.

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