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Carratturo family to hold private burial followed by public memorial at Dana Hills on Saturday

A dedicated mentor to the city’s Spanish speaking community, Teresa Carrtturro, died on Monday, September 2. She was 71. Courtesy photo
A dedicated mentor to the city’s Spanish speaking community, Teresa Carrtturro, died on Monday, September 2. She was 71. Courtesy photo

By Andrea Papagianis

Teresa Carratturo, a longtime employee of Capistrano Unified School District, passed away on Monday, September 2 at her Laguna Woods home of unknown causes. She was 71.

Carratturo had long been a fixture at Dana Hills High School where she was slated to mark her 34th year with the district last week. As a proctor and campus supervisor, Carratturo interacted with the entire student population from the time they walked through the door and transferred from class to class until they left for home.

Her dedication to community went well beyond the school’s walls. Even after the final school bells rang, Carratturo could be found working with Spanish speaking students at the community center, ensuring they had every bit of help needed to succeed in the English speaking world.

It’s a commitment to others her family attributed to her Catholic upbringing and desire to give back to others in need, even when she did not have much to give. When going through things at his mother’s home, Dan, the eldest son of three, said envelopes were readied to be sent to nearly 50 charitable organizations. Her sons referred to her “Mother Theresa” and said the name carried into the community where she assumed that role for those around.

Carratturo is survived by sons Dan, Marc and Christian; daughters-in-law Paige (Dan) and Leslie (Marc); and four grandchildren Dylan, Madison, Cambria and Avery. All three sons and their families live in Washington state. Carratturo’s extended family resides in her native Argentina.

A public memorial in Carratturo’s town, Dana Point, will be held on Saturday, September 21 at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, on the school’s soccer field. The memorial will begin at 3 p.m.

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