obitSteve Picciolo, Jr., a World War II veteran and former Santa Monica resident who formerly owned the Ocean House assisted living facility in Santa Monica, passed away peacefully July 20. He was 85.
Picciolo was born Feb. 15, 1928 in New Kensington, Penn. and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a teenager. “Pic,” as he was known, served in the U.S. Army where he was an athletic instructor and paratrooper.
Upon his return from World War II, Picciolo became very active in the Santa Monica community and married Joyce Lake, with whom he had two sons, Tony and Steven.
Picciolo had a great love for older people and because of that admiration and respect, he was responsible for the development of Ocean House, a retirement residence in Santa Monica, his family said. In 1961 he sold Ocean House to build Casa Descanso, a licensed board and care facility in Los Angeles.
Picciolo later married Beth Wayne, who brought to his family Brad and Patty Wayne. Picciolo had a true passion for real estate and acquired many properties through the years.
Among his many hobbies were golfing, playing gin rummy, boating and body surfing. He won several member golf championships at Riviera Country Club and was active at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey and Sand and Sea Club for over 30 years.
During his retirement, horse racing brought excitement to his life. One of the highlights in Picciolo’s life was that one of his horses ran in the 1996 Kentucky Derby, his family said.
Picciolo, who later moved to Rancho Mirage, also loved to travel, to collect antiques, and to cultivate cactus.
He is survived by his son Tony; his brothers Johnny, Angelo and Jimmy Picciolo; grandchildren Steven, Flurette, and Angelo; and great-grandchildren Emily, Ava and Aubrey.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Concern Foundation of Los Angeles to help “conquer cancer now.” Information (310) 360-6100.