Peter Mocciaro was longtime dentist

DOWNEY - Peter Mocciaro passed away on Nov. 17. He had lived in Downey for 60 years and was a dentist for 52 years before retiring in 1997.He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Chloe; children, Perry (Rebecca), Maggi Spiro (Mike), Mark (Barbara), Steven and Christina; and grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Sophia. Mocciaro was born in Villarosa, Sicily, on May 14, 1922 and immigrated to the United States as a baby. He grew up in Huntington Park with his parents, and attended Huntington Park High School, USC and USC Dental School before serving in the U.S. Navy. A pioneer in dentistry in Downey, he was honored by his peers as president of the Los Angeles County Dental Society, member of the Board of Trustees and Judicial Council of the California Dental Association. He also served as president of the Downey Dental Academy. An avid golfer and USC fan, he was active in many civic organizations. A viewing will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at Miller-Mies Mortuary with a vigil to follow at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

********** Published: November 18, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 31