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Benson, Georgia Ann  
Georgia Ann Benson Went to be with our Lord on March 25, 2015 in Torrance. Georgia was born on November 8, 1938 in San Pedro where she was a lifetime resident. She attended Mary Star of the Sea for all her school years. Georgia was a checker at Vons for 15 years and later opened a tanning salon in San Pedro with a long time friend. Her true passion and love was for her family and friends. Nona, as she was lovingly known, was a true nurturer who was always thoughtful, in even the smallest ways. Her love was unconditional and she will be deeply missed. Georgia is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, James Benson; children, Cindy Felando (Mary Winne), Debbie (Frank) Hermosillo, Pam (Mick) Luerken, and Joe (Jill) Felando; grandchildren, Christopher (Christina) Geforos, Josh (Amy) Geforos, Jamie (Christian) Rollino, Drew Felando, Matt Houston, Haleigh Houston, Mark Felando, Tina Hermosillo, and Frankie Hermosillo; and great grandchildren, Gracie, Katie, Benjamin, and the anticipated arrival of Elijah in April. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at Green Hills Chapel. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 28 to Mar. 31, 2015
Giff, Lillian  
A LOVE TRIBUTE TO MY STRONG MOM, LILLIAN GIFF Lillian was born on October 11, 1920, in Millinocket, Maine. As early as age seven, she arose at 4am to help her grandfather open the metal gates across the Penobscot River releasing the logs downstream to the Great Northern Paper Company. Mom learned to hunt at an early age as well. They killed large animals, hung them in the attic where they quickly froze. The deer, elk and caribou would sustain the family through the winter. It didn't take many gate openings and venison hangings for Lillian to research future careers which would take her out of Millinocket. It became clear in 1934, a woman could become a teacher, a nurse or a secretary . Mom discovered The Sisters of Mercy offered a no tuition three year nursing program, however, the entrance requirements were stringent: a 3.5- 4.0 from high school, sports participation and work experience. Lillian graduated from Stears High school as valedictorian and a 4.0. She played basketball and was the high scorer in the state of Maine in her senior year. Mom fulfilled her work requirement at the town hardware store, frequently walking there through the proverbial three miles of snow. After completing her three year affiliate based nursing program (top of the class) Mom and five other RNs moved in together. They work nights at the swanky Doctor's Hospital on Long Island. After work the group frequently rode the subway to Times Square. They saw morning live performances of Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller and others. During this time Mom found that L.A.-USC "big county" was recruiting RNs at the highest pay rate in the country. Four of the nurses took off for L.A. (swimming pools and movie stars) to give it a try. After settling into their hospital dorm rooms they explored their new workplace. They were overwhelmed by the enormity of the facility and the type of patients. This was no Doctor's Hospital! After the contracted year's commitment all the nurses went elsewhere. Lillian next worked for obstetric specialist, Dr. Peterfie, obstetrician to the stars, and did private duty nursing as well. She worked for many well known celebrities. One famous Oscar winning actress had a pair of gold-plated bandage scissors made for Mom with thanks for her service. At this time, Mom met my father on a blind date, became engaged and married in 1947. In 1949, Lillian gave birth to a beautiful and brilliant baby girl. In 1951, John and Lillian left their L.A. friends and moved to the boonies to a place named Torrance. To finance his own General Contractors business, John went to work for Bectle builders in Saudi Arabia and was gone for 18 months. Lillian carried on and worked at the Old Torrance Memorial Hospital driving down the dirt road of Sepulveda, without a driver's license, to drop her daughter at nursery school. When my father returned, Mom worked for a three doctor OB/Gyn practice in Redondo Beach. In 1962, Mom with other RNs and docs opened the doors of Little Company of Mary Hospital for the first time. Lillian Giff, RN began in the 4 bed recovery room and worked there for many years. She was then chosen to open the two bed outpatient surgery unit. The hospital and Lillian saw this new type of patient unit grow from two beds to the existing thirteen beds. Throughout her 36 years at LCM Lillian served as clinical instructor for both El Camino and Harbor College nursing students. Besides the 40 hour work week, Mom worked fund raisers and the activities of Mary Potter. Her loyalty to the hospital was unequaled. After retiring at age seventy-eight, she waited one year and then returned as a volunteer until age ninety-three. Lillian Margaret Whelton Giff passed away February 8th in Valley Springs, CA, with her daughter holding her hand. She died of natural causes after a bad fall on Thanksgiving 2014. Per her request there was no Funeral Service or Memorial and she was buried at Green Hills (the new plot with the better ocean view) on February 19, 2015. Her daughter, son-in-law and Pastor Glenn, were at the gravesite .She is survived by her daughter, Vicki, and her son-in-law, Wayne Maddock of Valley Springs. Because her career was so important to her, her head stone shall read, "Lillian M. Giff, loving wife, mother and nurse." Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits . MY MOM, A GREAT TRIBUTE TO THE BEST GENERATION
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2015
Hathaway, Mary Showell  
Mary Showell Hathaway (Polly), 92, peacefully passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Care Center at the Vi in La Jolla Village, CA, after a struggle with Parkinson's disease. Polly was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 8, 1922. She is survived by her daughters Barbra Balser, Molly Wergeland and Tina Hathaway and her son Pete Hathaway and was predeceased by her husband, Floyd. She enjoyed helping others and loved being with her family, including her six great grand children. She will be greatly missed. A family service will be held at the Green Hills Memorial Park in Ranch Palos Verdes, CA on March 28, 2015 at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in the name of Polly Hathaway to the National Parkinson Foundation www.parkinson.org.
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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 26, 2015
Jurlin, Marija  
Marija Jurlin Passed away on March 25, 2015 in San Pedro where she was a 54 year resident. Marija was born on March 18, 1927 in Prvic Luka, Croatia. She worked at Star Kist Cannery for over 17 years and was a member of the Anderson Memorial Senior Club. Marija was preceded in death by husband, Steve Jurlin and sisters, Vinka and Matija. She is survived by her son, Ante (Mija); daughters, Mary Ann Jurlin and Zorica Jurlin; grandchildren, Zarina and Christina; niece, Blaga Radovcich; nephew, John (Frances) Radovcich; and numerous nieces and nephews here and in Croatia. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015, starting at 4:00 p.m. followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at McNerney's Mortuary Chapel. A Funeral Service will be offered on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at Green Hills Chapel followed by interment at Green Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 28 to Mar. 30, 2015
La Roque, Marcial Evan  
Marcial Evan La Roque December 15, 1932 - February 24, 2015 United States Army 1948 - 1952 Korean War Veteran 1950 - 1951 Survived by son, Marcial N.; daughter, Gunnelle; four grandchildren, Chris, Daniel, Harrison, Belle; great-grandchildren, Leighton & Landry; granddog, Clooney; and great-granddog, Minu; brothers, Donny and Sonny; and sisters, Marel, Frances and Cathy. Celebration of Life to take place April 4, 2015. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 28, 2015
Love, Saundra "Sandy"  
Saundra Lee Love Sandy was born October 28, 1943 to Josie and Harold Clover in San Pedro. She passed away March 24th surrounded by family. On December 2, 1961 she married the love of her life, George Love, Jr. They were blessed with 3 wonderful children. Kimberly Love Weston (Randy), George Love III, and Steven Love (Courtney). They then blessed her with six grandchildren; Maxwell Goodman, Hannah Goodman, Claire Goodman, Paige Love, Charlie Love, and Lucy Love. Sandy was active in PTA, Brownies, Girl Scouts, and Eastview Little League. She was known for her culinary skills, gorgeous yard, beautiful home, and great parties. She enjoyed traveling, particularly New York and Boston. She was a fierce liberal and willing to discuss anything if you didn't agree with her. She had the wonderful ability to make people feel special and important. Should her children or grandchildren feel down, all they had to do was call granny. By the time they hung up, they thought that they were the greatest person on Earth. She is survived by her husband of 53 years; daughter Kimberly and Husband Randy; sons George, and Steven and his wife Courtney; her six grandchildren; cousin Michael Morgan; brothers in law Robert Love and Marvin Love (Diane); sisters in law Jorga Mazzella (Mike) and Laurie Wixted; mother in law Geri Love; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Chapel Saturday, March 28th at 1pm, followed by interment. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of California, 6055 E. Washington Blvd. Suite 350, Los Angeles, CA 90040. Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 26 to Mar. 28, 2015
Norris, Kenneth H.  
Kenneth H. Norris Ken was born November 17, 1925 in Brantford Ontario Canada and passed away at his home in Torrance California on Saturday March 21, 2015. Ken retired from an exciting career with Rolls- Royce and continued to be called upon for his knowledge and expertise, as a consultant, for the Aviation Industry. Ken and his wife Dorothy chose to make Torrance, California their home and traveled extensively before Dorothy's passing in 1998. Ken was fortunate to find love again with his cherished friend and soul mate, Genevieve Carlisle. Ken was quickly adopted into the hearts of Gen's entire family. He is survived by sister Marilyn Oros and many nieces and nephews in Ontario, Canada along with a huge network of friends all over the United States and Canada. His passing will be deeply felt by his family and all of those who were lucky enough to know him. As Ken wished, cremation has taken place. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 26 to Mar. 28, 2015
Okuma, Ted Seiyei  
Ted Seiyei Okuma Ted Seiyei Okuma the son of Makaru and Kamado Okuma, passed away on March 26, 2015. He was born in Hawaii on April 3, 1923. He was a longtime resident of Torrance, California. He is survived by his wife, Carol Okuma, children, Wayne (Karen) Okuma, Sandie (Dean) Mochinaga, grandchildren, Midori (Tom) Krueger, Jessica (Javier) Colmenero, Julie (Jeff Imai) Matsuura, Daniel (Tiffani) Matsuura, siblings, Janet (Philip) Ige, Betty (Aki) Kakazu, David (Anne) Okuma, and Sue (Teru) Teruya. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 31st at Green Hills Mortuary from 3pm - 8pm. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, April 3rd at 11am. Please sign the guestbook at daily breeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 28 to Mar. 30, 2015
Ordaz Jr., Ruben  
Ruben Ordaz Jr. Ruben Ordaz Jr., a lifelong resident of Torrance passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on March 21, 2015. He was born on March 14, 1928 to Ruben Sr. and Julia Ordaz. Ruben's greatest joy was his family; he would do anything he could for them. He had a contagious smile and a heart of gold. He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and brothers Tony and Genaro Ordaz. Ruben is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Irene; sisters, Stella Gasset (Tony) and Maura Mendoza (Jose); brothers, Alfonso and Victor Ordaz (Maria); three daughters, Susie Thompson (Craig), Terri Guerrero (Steve), Bell Sola (Jimmy); four grandchildren, Deanna James (DeShawn), Steve Guerrero, Jimmy Sola Jr., Ruben Sola (Nicolle); seven great-grandchildren, Keana, Keara, DeShawn Jr., Tyler, Jackson, Shane, and Gavin. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. Reception is to follow at the Torrance Elks Lodge. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2015
Stringfellow, Ann  
Ann Stringfellow ANN SHLAUDEMAN STRINGFELLOW 1/24/24-3/18/15 Ann passed away at her home in Rolling Hills, CA. She was preceded in her passing by her husband, Wm. B. Stringfellow Jr. and her son, Alex Stringfellow. Ann leaves behind her son, Robert and his wife, Kathryn; Ann's daughter, Kate and her husband, Frank; also, Bernice Putnam and Bill and Joann Stringfellow. Services will be private and Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice. Please sign the guest book at dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 28, 2015
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