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“Peace be with you. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Ann Tikka - Cape Coral, FL

“Blessings to Maureen's family and friends. When we were high school seniors, we decided to make cookies at Maureen's house. When I saw the piano, I...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Ann Tikka - Cape Coral, FL

“Our deepest sympathy, love, and prayers for all of you. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Jill Rosswurm Harris - Fort Wayne, IN

“My heartfelt sympathy to Maureen's family. I have known Maureen for over 30 years and have cherished our friendship throughout that time. Maureen was...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Karen Wescott - North Hills, CA

“My deepest condolence to the family of Maureen Arata. My dearest Maureen, you will be missed from this earth. Rest In Peace, my friend!!! ♥&...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Suzette Silang - Santa Monica, CA

“Our deepest condolences on this too-early loss of such an important member of your family. We will hold you all in our thoughts. Love, Julie Victor...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Julie Victor - Chicago, IL

“I am so sorry I didn't get to know Maureen better. She always seemed like such a pleasant and bright person in high school. I didn't know she was...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: matthew davich - Old Hickory, TN

“I attended Bishop Dwenger with Maureen. I remember her as an activist for social causes in which she had strong beliefs. She made an impression on me...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Judy Poiry Gradl - Louisville, KY

“Sorry for your loss. May you draw close to our loving God by reading his word, and find comfort in the hope he gives us all : of seeing our...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Maureen's gentle, tender manner will stay in my heart always. We shared a deep bond that needed no words, and by her example, she taught me much....Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Dewey - Santa Monica, CA


Maureen Alexandra Arata, age 65, passed away of natural causes on July 15, 2019, at her home in North Hollywood, California. An Indiana native, Maureen graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Music-Piano Performance, and English. Her love of foreign films (and freely acknowledged fear of performing) led her to Los Angeles where she worked throughout her career as a Casting Director. This work later expanded into Screen Writing and Producing. Maureen's remarkable ability to find new talent also applied to books and music, and her family fondly remembers her shared favorite discoveries. While processing some challenging experiences in an ever evolving entertainment industry, Maureen randomly found and began drawing with a colored pencil. This chance event led her to become a self-taught oil painting and mixed media artist (maureenarata.com) . Maureen stated in a recent bio that in painting she found "the road that never ends". Her artwork was accepted into several acclaimed curated shows and her spirit lives on in all of her lifetime creations, as well as in the memories of those she leaves behind. These include members of St. Monica's Catholic Church where she was active as a greeter; colleagues and friends in Los Angeles; and an extensive family network of aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents (alive and deceased). She is survived by her loving parents Dr. James and Jane Arata, siblings Elaine Arata (Mark Pecevich), Cynthia Heinze, Nancy Arata, James Arata Jr. (Gina), Cheryl Arata, Tim Arata (Loretta Jones), and Lisa Yde (Mark). Maureen was a proud aunt of 11 fabulous nieces and nephews and their equally adored spouses and children. Services will be held on July 30, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church of Arcola. The 10:30 a.m. visitation will be followed by a memorial mass at 11:30 a.m. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.dignitymemorial.com