Mary Jane Mazzella
Mary Jane Mazzella passed away on August 12th, 2022, surrounded by friends and family at the Serenity House. She was born in Los Angeles and raised in Palos Verdes. After leaving Palos Verdes, she lived in Hollywood where she met and married Rudy Mazzella. She later lived in Malibu and then Ojai. While working at the Oaks in Ojai she took a position at their sister spa at The Palms in Palm Springs where she began her career in esthetics. A few years later she found her forever home in the Old San Roque area of Santa Barbara.
Mary Jane’s singular goal in life was to bring joy and happiness to her friends and small family. There is no question she accomplished this goal with her warmhearted spirit, her gentle healing hands, and excellent cooking skills.
She maintained a loyal network of clients in her flourishing facial business unfortunately cut short by her illness.
Mary Jane also studied many years at the Schott Center kitchen classroom recruiting many old friends into the class while making new lifelong friends with the other students. And everyone wanted to be invited to her charming home for parties where she took personal pride in her décor and in the food she served. She had a way of bringing people together.
Putting her cooking experience to good work, Mary Jane volunteered her time cooking for “Food from the Heart”, a food distribution non-profit created for seniors and the disabled.
Mary Jane is survived by her nephew (John Gibilaro), who she raised after her brother’s death, and companion (Hisham Mosely). She was pre-deceased by her ex-husband, (Rudy Mazzella), parents (John Gibilaro and Clara Hankel), and brother (Lyle Gibilaro).
A private Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.