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Monteith, Nanette "Nan" (Cope)  
Nanette (Nan) Cope Monteith died on November 12, 2014 in Carson City, Nevada at age 77 after a nearly two year battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Bruce of 53 years and her son Bryan of California. She is also survived by her sisters Melba Phillips (Robert) and Helen Underhill of California. She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant brothers and her son Jeffrey. A memorial service will be held at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church in Carson City, Nevada on December 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM. She will be buried at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Nan was born in Andalusia, Alabama on July 24, 1937 to Trubie and Charlie Robert Cope. She moved to Los Angeles, California with her family at age 3. She graduated from Gardena High School and attended El Camino Junior College. She worked at North American Aviation prior to her marriage and Douglas Aircraft Company after her marriage as a secretary until the birth of her first son. She married her husband Bruce in 1961 and they lived in Southern California until 1996 when they moved to Carson City, Nevada after Bruce retired. Arrangements were in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations, to view the online memorial and sign the register book please visit www.autumnfuneral.com
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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Nov. 20, 2014
Perez, Paul  
Paul John Perez Paul John Perez, 82, passed away peacefully in his home, with his wife of 58 years, Barbara and son, Ron, by his side, after a valiant battle with cancer. Paul was born January 15, 1932 in Billings, Montana. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War he came to Los Angeles, where he attended UCLA. He ultimately settled in the Hollywood Riviera section of Torrance, where he resided for 47 years. Paul was a dedicated family man who spent his free time coaching his son's baseball teams at the Riviera Little League, where he served as its president. He also donated his time to the Hollywood Riviera Sportsman's Club, a local philanthropic organization, again serving as president. Later in life he found great joy in watching his grandchildren play soccer, attending so many games that he and Barbara were voted "Biggest Fans." Neighbors will remember him for his creative holiday-themed garden displays and the children's dinosaur garden. In addition to his wife, Barbara and son, Ron, Paul is survived by daughter-in-law, Andrea Perez; grandchildren, Rebecca and Paul; son, Rick and granddaughters, Crystal and Rain. He was a great husband, father and grandfather and man. We will miss his straightforward humor and indomitable spirit. The family asks to please consider, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Hollywood Riviera Sportsman's Club or the American Cancer Society/Torrance Relay for Life, c/o Paul Popovich, 5519 Calle de Arboles, Torrance, CA 90505. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2014
Watson, Alice (Featured)  
Longtime Montebello and Whittier resident Alice Watson passed away Nov. 10, due to complications of a stroke she suffered at the end of April, her family said. She was 100. Watson was an active member of her church and youth groups while living in Montebello for about 50 years.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 22, 2014

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Grabinski, Ray (Featured)  
Former Long Beach City Councilman Ray Grabinski died last week in Arizona. Grabinski was raised in North Long Beach, where he graduated from Jordan High School and went on to attend Long Beach City College. He served as the 7th District council member from 1986 through 1994, and was elected again for a third term in 1998.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 21, 2014
Rodriguez, Loretta  
In Memory of Loretta A. Rodriguez Loretta passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday evening in Lomita, CA at the age of 51. Loretta was born to Miguel Payan, Jr. and Beatrice Payan in Torrance, CA on October 7, 1963. She spent her childhood in the South Bay attending St. Margaret Mary School and Bishop Montgomery High School. Her academic endeavors continued at the University of Texas, El Paso and New Mexico State University. Later she lived in Missouri, Colorado, and Texas caring for her two sons while her husband served in the United States Army. She returned to Harbor City, CA in 1999 where she would raise her family and build a career working with physically and mentally challenged adults at South Bay Vocational Center. Loretta was a woman of faith, and a humble, loyal, and selfless friend to all who knew her. She was best known as a devoted and loving mother to her boys. Whether it was making trips back and forth to baseball or lacrosse practice, spending weekends in the bleachers at tournaments, or preparing wonderful meals at home, Loretta's sons were always her priority. Our beloved Loretta leaves a legacy of unfaltering strength and resolute dedication to serving others. She is survived by her sons Steven and Shane Rodriguez, sister Bernice Arrieta, brother Michael Payan III, and father Miguel Payan Jr. Funeral services will be on Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:00 am at St. Margaret Mary Church in Lomita, CA. Please sign guestbook at greenhillsmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 21, 2014

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Adams, Maxine  
Maxine G. Adams Maxine G. Adams passed away November 17, 2014, around 6:30 am, at Torrance Memorial Hospital in the new Lundquist Tower. She was surrounded by family, with her hand held by her great granddaughter, Kaela Ayala. She is predeceased by her parents, Rev. Bessie and Rev. Wilbert M. Gilroy, Sr. (Assemblies of God); her twin brother, Eugene, who died at age 6; her son, Mark Thomas Adams, who died at age 22; her husband, John Thomas Adams, who also lived into his 90's. She is survived by her daughter, Olivia Dianne Holzheimer of Burton Ohio (Tom Holzheimer); her grandson, Dr. Daniel Merritt MaKieve, M.D.; her granddaughter, Laural Anne MaKieve Ayala; her great grandchildren, Mark Jacob MaKieve, Amanda MaKieve Hedadji (Amine), Geana Ayala, Joshua MaKieve, Kaela Ayala and Timothy MaKieve; great great grandchildren, Triston MaKieve and Ava MaKieve; many, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Maxine had an interesting life. She was born in Breckenridge, TX, where her mother and father were in ministry to the poor. She remembers a tornado coming toward their home, and standing with her family in the doorway, they watched it come toward them, split and go to either side of the house, leaving only enough wind to cause her mother's gown to ripple. The family came to California in the 20's over the corduroy road. Driving through a flooded area they feared they would be washed away; but Maxine's twin, Gene said, "O Look! There's Jesus standing just on the other side." Their fears were calmed and they arrived safely in Walteria, CA, where they set up a Mission Church. They later moved to Los Angeles and Maxine's uncle, Pat, built them a church on Fir Street, where her mother preached and she played. At age 21, she was asked to manage Frantz Jewelry Store in Manhattan Beach, CA. In 1951, she married John Adams and became Catholic because she understood the importance of worshiping together as a family: one God, one Jesus, same Lord. Maxine worked at North American Aviation, Inc. as a Supervisor in the Technical Publications department making the handbooks for their aircraft. She received awards for excellence. She became a 3rd Order Franciscan, worked in the Altar Society, made elaborate table decorations for church celebrations, tended to the sick and elderly, gave tirelessly of herself to her own aunts and parents as they lay dying. She recalls at her father's last hours, at his home in Manhattan Beach, he lifted his head toward their red door and nodded. She asked whom he saw: The soldiers of the Lord marching into the house. Then he raised his hand and said "O Lord. You are so altogether lovely." Maxine had a wonderful caregiver, Myrna Gotong. They sang and prayed together and each had visions, which they shared. On the morning Maxine died, an hour before, Myrna was awakened and heard Mamm Maxine say, "Let's get an In-N-Out burger and share it," Myrna didn't know the night before the family shared In-N-Out burgers surrounding her hospital bed. A visitation will be held at White and Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach on Wednesday, November 19th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with the Vigil beginning at 6:30 pm. The Mass will be celebrated at American Martyrs Church on Thursday, November 20th at 9:00 am. Entombment will be at Pacific Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Bay Salvation Army or the American Martyrs' School. Visit www.lafuneral.com . to send the family messages and share memories. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2014
Best, Vergil  
In Loving Memory of Vergil L. Best Jr. Vergil L. Best was born in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, July 25th 1934. He went to meet his Lord on November 15th 2014. He is survived by his beloved wife Fay of 62 years. He is also survived by his two sisters Nina Walsh and Bobbie Stilwell-David. Nieces, nephews, church family and friends, too numerous to mention. He served in the Navy in the 50's, worked for the county of Orange as a GSA Property Manager. He retired early to volunteer at Rolling Hills Covenant Church where he served faithfully. He was a great man of God who served us all with strength and love. He will be forever remembered and dearly missed. Service will be held 11:00 am at Rolling Hills Covenant Church November 21st. Please sign the guest book at Greenhillsmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 20, 2014
Moore, Forrest  
Forrest "Pete" Moore A loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Pete passed away peacefully at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes at the age of 95 on November 12, 2014. Pete was born on July 17, 1919 in Wyman, Arkansas. His family moved to Signal Hill in the early 1920s. He joined the Navy and fought in the Pacific campaign during World War II. When he returned home he married the love of his life, Ana Tomicich, in May, 1947. They were blessed with 3 children, Robert, Annette and Debra. Pete became a longshoreman and held many positions including being president of Local 13. He was also superintendent of the bulk loading terminal at outer harbor berths 49-50. He was preceded in death by his daughter Annette Brant. He is survived by his wife Ana, son Robert (Jan) Moore, daughter Debra (Bryan) Dalton, grandchildren Jason (Erica) Schwartz, Adam Schwartz, Amanda (Kris) Baird, Melissa Moore and great granddaughter Katelyn Schwartz. Services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Chapel on Friday, November 21, at 1pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mary Star High School Building Fund and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor. Please sign the guest book at greenhillsmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2014
Spector, Arlene  
In Loving Memory of Arlene Spector Arlene Spector, of San Pedro, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the age of 81. She was the beloved wife of Murray Spector for over 59 years. In addition to Murray, she leaves behind her son, Joel of Portland, Oregon and his sons, Zachary (26), of White Plains, NY and Gabriel (21) of Glasgow, Scotland; a daughter, Lori (Lorraine) Spector, of Alexandria, VA and her husband, Robert Merker and children, Elliot (23), Shana and Jonathan (both 17); and a son, Daniel and his wife, Kelly Buehler of Wellington, NZ. She is predeceased by her sister, Joan Colombo, with whom she was often seen in and around San Pedro. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, beloved friends and adopted family. Arlene was born in the Bronx, NY, to Bruno Seelig and Ilse Lamm Seelig, who had emigrated from Germany in the early 1920's. She graduated from NYU before marrying Murray in 1955 and later earned a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from San Fernando Valley State College (now CSU Northridge). In addition to being a wife and mother, Arlene was an English Teacher, and Speech Pathologist. Later, she became a career counselor and co-founder of The Women's Career Center at Middlesex College (NJ), where she developed and conducted seminars in Effective Communication skills for several major corporations including IBM, Union Carbide and Johnson and Johnson. Arlene retired from paid employment to devote her time to writing poetry, which have been published in three anthologies, and a novel, Miranda's Muse. Arlene and Murray were able to travel extensively, and she took great joy in maintaining her flower gardens. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Please sign the guest book at Greenhillsmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 20, 2014
Wallin, Michael R.  
Michael R. Wallin Mike Wallin was born on June 3, 1960, and on November 12, 2014, after a brave, eight-month-long struggle against illness, God called him home. Mike is survived by his brother, Ken Wallin; sister-in-law, Cathy; and niece, Stephanie; and grand-nephews, David and Michael. He was preceded in death by his mom, Betty Ankenbrandt; dad, Fred Wallin; and nephew, David Wallin. Mike worked in the construction field and was a skilled carpenter and woodworker who liked building things, fixing things and working with his hands. He also enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Mike had a big, loving heart and was always willing to lend a hand wherever help was needed and we will miss him greatly. Burial will be private. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 20, 2014
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