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Py, Eugene and Marie
Eugene "Bill" Py 8/31/23 - 9/11/07 Marie Grace Py 12/17/24 - 9/6/07 Most love stories are written for the big screen. Bill and Marie Py's true love story will always be remembered through their family and friends. Marie was one of eight children born to Italian immigrants, Mike and Catherine Ambrose. They made the Westside of Long Beach their home along with her brothers and sisters, Gus, Mick, Teresa, Joe, Ralph, Chuck and Rose. Bill's parents, Dorothy and Eldon Py moved from Whittier to Long Beach with his brothers and sister, Dick, Gary and Sally. Bill, a scrapping good looking 15 year old met Marie, a beautiful 14 year old, while attending Long Beach Poly High School and became sweethearts. It didn't take long before Marie and Bill got married. Marie was 16 and Bill was 17. It turned out to be a "marriage made in heaven". World War II was in full swing and shortly thereafter, Bill enlisted in the Navy. He served with distinction aboard the USS Portland in the South Pacific while Marie supported the war effort as an electrician on the hospital ship USS Comfort. Upon returning from the war, Bill owned and operated barber shops in North Long Beach and later worked for the Ford Motor Company. Marie, while raising their children, Larry, Judy and Kathy found time to manage restaurants, make world-class Italian dinners and generally keep the family together. Their love story lasted more than 68 years. Bill worshipped the ground Marie walked on while she was proud to be married to the "most handsome guy in the world". Marie, 82, passed away on September 6, 2007 from pancreatic cancer, one week after their 66th wedding anniversary. That night, Bill, 84, who was in declining health, said goodnight to his bride, went to sleep and never woke up. He joined his bride five days later on September 11, 2007. Their love for each other produced a tight knit family of 3 children, Larry, Judy and Kathy along with 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. They absolutely idolized every one of their grandchildren and were always such a big part of their lives. Larry and Mary Py, Judy and Tom Everson, and Kathy and Mike Colonna feel blessed that Bill and Marie are now together and with their maker. They will be terribly missed and cherished by all. A memorial celebrating their life will be held at Virginia Country Club, 460 2 Virginia Rd., Long Beach on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the City of Hope, Central Processing, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010 in memory of Marie Py. Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary (562) 425-6401
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on 9/16/2007.