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Germaine Suzanne Limotta

1926 - 2011, Santa Barbara

3/11/26 – 4/16/11

Germaine Suzanne Mafille was born in Bethencourt sur Somme, France, and grew up in Courbevoie, a suburb of Paris. She was a child of Paris, going to the Opera at the Opera Garnier, and shopping at BHV and les Grand Magasins.

In her formative years, she supported her family’s bakery and their resistance to the occupation, eventually working in a film company office under Jacques Dorfmann on the Champs d’Elysees after the liberation of Paris. She met Robert Limotta, an American Merchant Marine, in Paris at the end of WWII. They corresponded for two years , married in Courbevoie in 1947 and then settled in the US.

They moved to Los Angeles in the early 50’s when jobs were plentiful and housing was cheap and were smitten with the sunshine and So Cal culture. Germaine eventually became a Payroll Supervisor in the Aerospace industry and worked until retirement age. Committed to family, she had two children: Micheline and Michael. She had been married to Robert for 57 years until his death in 2004. At that time, she decided to leave Los Angeles and move to Santa Barbara to be closer to her children and their families.

She longed for the Parisian culture and was passionate about her grandchildren, family pets and nightly talk radio. She was a smart, fun, stubborn and sweet Mom and a friend to some great ladies at Rancho Santa Barbara, some good old friends in Los Angeles and relatives outside the state and abroad.

She is survived by her daughter, Micheline, and husband Steve, her son, Michael ,and wife Sherri , and three grandchildren: Chloe, Michael and Gabriel. We all miss her terribly. A bientot Maman, nous vous aimons.

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