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“Dear Donna - sending love and hugs, sympathies and prayers, to you and your family during this sad time of loss. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Laura Pinson - White Plains, NY

“Donna So sorry for your loss its difficult to lose a parent, however it sounds like she led a great life ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Jamie Palmire - Chino Hilla, CA

“I havent known the Pastorelle family very long.. I believe it was the Fall of 1969... some of my most cherished childhood memories took place on Del...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Sheila Dill - Rancho Cucamonga, CA


4 of 12 | Posted by: Sheila Dill - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

“Donna I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Cynthia Remington - Oxnard, CA

“Donna,I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I am sure you and your family will miss her very much.Best Regards,Chris Pelle ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Christine Pelle - Placentia, CA

Anita's birthday 2006 “Anita with some of her Grandchildren at her birthday party 2006. From left to right, Adam, Dominic, Jessica, Amanda, Anita, Victoria, and Haleigh. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Joseph Pastorelle - CA - son

Anita's Birthday at Marguerite's house. 2006 “Anita's birthday at Marguerite's house. 2006 ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Joseph Pastorelle - CA - son

“She left behind a beautiful legacy. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Sharon - friend

“I remember every time I saw your mother she was smiling and interactive with everyone. She seemed to accept people as they were and I never heard her...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Steve & Leslie Mack - Signal Hill, CA

“Donna, Im so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May she rest in the arms of God. My thoughts are with you and your family at this...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Donna Borkowski - classmate

“Donna, even though I didn't know your mom I know she must have been amazing because she raised an amazing daughter. Your devotion to her in her final...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Cris Lanham - Garden Grove, CA


Anita Pastorelle, 82, born on March 13, 1936 in Bronx, New York, passed away on June 15, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She is survived by her daughter Donna Willshire and her husband Allen Willshire, daughter Marguerite Virden, and son Joseph Pastorelle and his wife Lisa Pastorelle. She also leaves behind her loving grandchildren - Brian, Chris, Anthony, Jessica, Haleigh, Vincent, Adam, Victoria, Amanda and Dominic.

Anita grew up in Brooklyn, New York as an only child, a good student and a Dodger fan. Upon graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn, she worked as a secretary and could type and take shorthand at 100 words per minute.

In search of better weather and new opportunities she moved to Southern California with her husband Paul and two daughters. Shortly thereafter, her son was born. Her biggest joy was being a mother.

As a full time mother, she returned to the workforce and worked as an executive secretary at General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman. The jobs were exciting and challenging, dealing with the Pentagon and The White House on Top Secret projects on a regular basis.

However, being a devoted grandmother was her most fun and enjoyable job. Sleepovers, vacations, Scrabble games and Seinfeld marathons were just a few of the activities she shared with the grandkids.

In retirement, she enjoyed traveling, Angels baseball (she never forgave the Dodgers for leaving Brooklyn) and spending time with family.

Though her health declined in her final years, she remained happy, joyful, and perhaps most importantly, full of laughs, until the day she passed. Her final words were, "I love you."