Florence Rigali

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Sister Florence Anne Rigali

Also Known As: "Mary David", "Fluff", "Ms. Honeybunch"
Birthplace: Oxnard, Ventura County, California, United States
Death: August 15, 2008 (81)
Burbank, Los Angeles County, California, United States (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ("Lou Gehrig's disease"))
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Albert Joseph Rigali, Sr. and Florence Marie Rigali
Partner of Mary Bardsley
Sister of Joan Elizabeth Florence Bonness; Marjory or Marjorie Charlotte Schnitzler; Albert Joseph Rigali, Jr.; 2nd Lieutenant John Louis Rigali; 2nd Class Petty Officer Richard Anthony Rigali and 1 other

Managed by: John Albert Rigali, preparing fo...
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About Florence Rigali

brief biography

This Florence was the family member that received the announcement that her brother 2nd Lieutenant John Louis Rigali went missing in action during World War II.

She was a nun in the order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and in Vatican City (1945-1968). She was a missionary for some of that time. She worked as a schoolteacher for much of her nunhood. She was known as Sister Mary David.

She was said to have left nunhood after finding scandalous information about the Roman Catholic Church, but this has not been confirmed. It seems more likely that she followed Dr. Anita Marie Caspary into the non-canonical Immaculate Heart Community and then later left its ranks.

After leaving nunhood, she worked as a schoolteacher and principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

She suffered from ALS from circa 2006 until her death. She was bedridden and unable to speak in her final months.


did not marry

died without issue


To find her grave at San Fernando Mission Cemetery:

  • enter through the cemetery's western entrance
  • go just beyond the first "plaza"
  • her grave is near the road on the right side
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Florence Rigali's Timeline

January 3, 1927
Oxnard, Ventura County, California, United States
Age 2
August 15, 2008
Age 81
Burbank, Los Angeles County, California, United States
August 23, 2008
Age 81
San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States