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Eliane Mazzia obituary – CA

Eliane Mazzia 1925 – 2012 Eliane was born in France in 1925. She remembers the German occupation of France during World War II and the excitement in her hometown when the Americans arrived. In high school she studied English, which allowed her to work as a secretary for both the French and the Americans after the war. She could dictate in both French and English, using her own special bilingual shorthand. In the late 1940s, Eliane followed her older brother Raoul to French Indochina, where she did secretarial work for the French army. In Saigon she met her husband, Alex Mazzia, an American engineer who worked abroad for an American oil company. They married and their first child, Alex Jr., was born in Saigon. In the early 1950s, they left the Far East and returned to Alex’s hometown, New York City. Their second child, Michele, was born in New York. In the mid-1950s, the young family moved from New York to Southern California. Alex underwent a career change, working as an engineer during the day and studying law at night. After Alex became an attorney, Eliane resumed her secretarial role, serving as Alex’s secretary at his office in downtown Torrance. They worked together for many years while their children went to school. From the 1970s onwards, Alex and Eliane started making time for fun. They enjoyed going to Las Vegas and taking trips to France to visit Eliane’s relatives. Sadly, their ‘golden years’ together were interrupted in 2007 when Alex passed away. Eliane continued to miss him.

Eliane died after a long illness. She is survived by her daughter Michele; her son, Alex Jr. and his wife, Colleen, and granddaughters, Saffron and Faye. Sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.