Mamie Louise Sewitsky

July 5, 1925December 30, 2012

Mamie Louise Lane Sewitsky of Garden Grove died peacefully on December 30, 2012 at the age of 87. Born July 5, 1925 in San Angelo Texas, she spent her formative years in Texas where she met the love of her life, Michael, during WWII. They married in 1946 and eventually moved to Garden Grove where they have resided since 1959. Louise was a member of the Garden Grove Emblem Club for over 50 years where she held the rank of President in 1969-1970. She was also a member of the Garden Grove Assistance League and held the office of Vice President. Her hobbies were dancing, which transitioned into teaching. She taught Tap, Ballet and Jazz for 25 years and then began to teach Polynesian dancing to older adults. She and her Hoaloka Dancers provided entertainment at many variety shows and for Nursing homes over the years. Louise and her husband were active members of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. Louise had a relationship with her many friends and family members that was filled with love. She will be remembered for her zest and love of life. She lived each and every day of her 87 years with grace, elegance and joy. She leaves behind a legacy of self sacrifice for her family, always putting their needs first. Surviving her are her seven children, Ann McCleary of Asheville, N.C., Michael Sewitsky, of Jacksonville, Ore., Mark Sewitsky, of Svelvik, Norway, Alicia Wood, of Redlands, Calif, Gary Sewitsky of Jefferson City, Tenn, Jon Sewitsky of Trabuco Canyon, Calif, and David Sewitsky of Temecula, Calif. In addition, she is survived by 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends for a visitation on January 4th at 10 AM at St. Barbara’s Church, located at 730 S. Euclid Street, Santa Ana, Ca. 92704. Mass will follow at 11 AM. Internment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery located in Cypress immediately after. A reception and celebration of Louise life, will take place 2 to 4 PM, January 4th at the Elks Lodge in Garden Grove, located at 11551 Trask Ave, Garden Grove, Ca 92843. This will be hosted by Louise's beloved Emblem Club of which she was a member of many years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Garden Grove Emblem Club Scholarship Program which many of her children and grandchildren have benefited from. If flowers are sent, please send them to Dimond &Shannon Mortuary, 10630 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, Ca 92840


  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Committal Service Friday, January 4, 2013

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Joyce Sabori-Galligar

January 6, 2013

I was a student of Louise and will never forget how much fun I had learning and performing her dance routines. Although it was 30 years ago, it is some of the best memories of life. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family.

DeEtte Pace

January 6, 2013

I just read Mrs. Sewitsky's obit in the OC Register this morning. I was a dance student of hers in my teens (roughly 35 yrs ago) and absolutely loved her! I so enjoyed learning tap and polynesian dancing from Louise and performing a all the events. She was a wonderful dance teacher and individual. R.I.P Louise.

January 3, 2013

Out deepest sympathy goes out to all of the Sewitskys. There is no greater love than the love of a mothers love. God Bless all of you. David and Debby Brown

January 3, 2013

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family for their physical loss of a dear lady. I know how she has touched this family by the words of my dear friend Cheryl. She is still here with all of you through each and every way she has touched your hearts with memories that you will carry with you forever. May God give you all peace through your loss. Lynn Swick

Gail Honstein Martin

January 2, 2013

May Mr. and Mrs. Sewitsky's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren find peace, joy, laughter, and comfort in knowing that they continue to be loved and valued by these two pheonomenal people who made such a positive difference in the world. I know only Mark really well, but I know him to be a very good man who cherishes all the many parts of his family. My heart hurts for their temporary loss but leaps at the knowledge that all will eventually be well.

Hankin' s Church

January 1, 2013

From your church family at Hankin's we would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. Know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

Deb Lewis

January 1, 2013

To my dear friend Ann so sorry about the loss of your mother, but it sure sounds like you got so many of her great qualities with your loving ways and always putting other peoples needs before your own. Just know that you will DANCE with her again isn't that wonderful!

Christy Mccleary Tilson

January 1, 2013

We love and will miss you very much Grandma Sewitsky! Your smile and sweet spirit were infectious. My best memory of you was the summer we came to California and you and I stayed in your dance studio for hours that week while you tried to teach me tap! I wasnt a good student but still remember to this day shuffle, jump toe step! You will be missed by Jeff, Jared (great grandson) and I. Love you grandma...........

Diane Marriott-Ruiz

January 1, 2013

Louise Sewitsky was one of the most precious souls ever to grace our earth. It was a privilege to be able to call her friend. She was an amazing dancer and inspired my daughter to not only dance, but to teach others and to open her own dance studio. Thank you Louise, for loving my daughter as much as I did and as though she was your own and for giving her your experience and wisdom and imparting a love of dance to her. I will always be grateful for your caring ways and for the extreme honor of being a recipient of your generosity and love. I will see you again someday and you can continue to try to make me a Tahitian dancer, which I failed miserably here on earth. Till then sweet lady, rest in the arms of the Lord you so love.

Tina Cipriani

January 1, 2013

I've known Mrs. Louise Sewitsky my whole life. I will always remember how kind she was to me when I was a little girl at the age of 5 yrs old, when I would walk across the street to watch her teach tap lessons to all of her students, and then I became a student of hers too that same year when I told my mom I wanted to learn how to tap dance. She was the greatest teacher, and the nicest neighbor anybody could have. I will truly miss her. She will forever be in my heart. All my love and appreciation, Tina Cipriani