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Margaret Suzanne Arakawa
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Notre Dame High School
    13645 Riverside Dr.
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to this historic Franciscan monastery near where Margaret grew up:
  • Mt. St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery
    1400 Quincy St. NE
    Washington, DC 20017

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“Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. ”
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. The Simone family ”
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“My heartfelt sympathies to you dear family during this difficult time. May the hearer of prayers send You comfort. " I have heard your prayers. I...Read More »
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“Please accept my sincere condolences. May you continue to receive love, hugs and comfort forever as you cope with your loss Psalm 147:3, Isa 41:10&13 ”
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“My condolences to family and friends. May your hearts find comfort in reading Matthew 5:4 in this time of sorrow. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: - Atlanta, GA

“May the Lord comfort the Arakawa family and bring healing and understanding in this time of loss. Heaven has gained a new beautiful Angel. Even...Read More »
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“My condolences to family and friends. May you all find comfort in reading Matthew 5:4 in this time of sorrow. ”
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Margaret Suzanne Restifo Arakawa, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died on December 26, 2016 of natural causes at home and surrounded by family in Arleta, Calif. She was 92.

Born and raised in Washington D.C. to Thomas and Madeline Restifo, Margaret was the youngest of four children. She graduated from St. Patrick's Academy, in 1943. Her two brothers, John and Joseph, and sister, Nancy, preceded her in death.

Margaret and Ray married in February 1958. They raised four sons: Tony, Stephen, Gregory and Michael. She quit working to focus on raising her children. She and Ray were married for 54 years until his passing in March 2012.

She is survived by Tony, Stephen and Lynn, Gregory and Michael and Anjeanette. Her grandchildren are: Melissa, Caitlin, Wendy, Forrest, Berkeley, Kendall, Cole, Christopher, Kyra, Sienna and Imara.