Please join us in celebrating our mom, Toby Ciauri, who passed away July 17, 2017 after a long struggle with ALZ.
She was born in Redondo Beach, CA on August 27, 1942. Her family relocated to several states before returning to CA. She met her husband Mike at Redondo Beach HS and they subsequently moved to Buena Park to raise their children, Gina and Rich. There, she became a Girl Scout Leader for Troop 939, leading the troop of girls for several years on numerous fun adventures. She was also team mom and scorekeeper for the Little League teams her son was on. She became the caregiver for her mom, Ann and during that time developed an interest in Respiratory Therapy. She went back to school, graduating with her AA degree and began working as a RT at St Joseph’s hospital in Orange. She loved her job, and worked there until illness forced her retirement. She later enrolled in a creative writing class at Cypress College, and became a very talented writer, tweaking her storiesover and over until she got them just right. Her teacher and classmates gave her a renewed purpose and sense of peace and happiness.
She was known for her excellent cooking and baking, and especially loved entertaining at the holidays. She was a lifelong Dodger fan, forever rooting for her “Boys”. She loved fishing and camping with her family, and could sit for hours waiting for the fish to bite. She had eclectic tastes in music and was a big fan of Ozzy Osborne and Meatloaf. She loved the ocean, watching clouds, visiting and collecting lighthouses, her two kitties, Tigger and Buddy, and the fictional cat Garfield really gave her a lot of joy. At her core though, her greatest happiness was her family, and you always knew how much she loved you because she’d tell you often.
She is survived by daughter, Gina (Kurt); son, Rich (Ali); grandsons, Desmond and Jeremy; her sister, Reba; and numerous nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved brother, Denny; and sweet sister, Arvella.
We will miss her smile, laughter and big hugs and be forever grateful she was our mom.