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Allen, Bob William  
Bob William Allen Bob Allen passed away peacefully Sunday evening December 14, 2014 at the age of 97. He was born October 11, 1917 in Los Angeles to parents Esther and William Allen. He grew up in Los Angeles where he attended school and graduated from Fremont High School in 1936. He met the love of his life, Marge Seddon, while working for the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. and they were married in February 1941. Bob enlisted in the navy in 1942 and was stationed in San Diego for the first two years of World War II and then shipped out to the Philippine islands for the remainder of the war. After his military service Bob bought a service station that he ran until the family moved from Los Angeles to Torrance in 1954. He went to work for the City of Torrance where he worked as a purchasing agent until his retirement in 1978. He spent all of his free time with Marge and their three very active boys. He was an outstanding athlete who enjoyed camping, fishing, shooting, jazz music and photography and instilled that love of sports and the outdoors in his sons. The family would go camping often during the summer months and that love of the mountains stayed with him through out his life. After retirement he and Marge moved to Sedona, AZ and later to Sun City West, AZ. In 2009 they returned to Torrance to be near family. Preceded in death by his wife, Marge; his parents; sisters, Margaret and Helen; son, Roy Allen; and grandson, Ryan Allen. He is survived by sons, Robert (Carolyn) Allen and Ray (Barbara) Allen; grandchildren, Ginger (Dustin) Sauter, Kelli (Brian) Isakson and Bret Allen; brother, George (Nilah) Allen and many great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. He was a wonderful and devoted father, husband, friend, neighbor who loved and served his family throughout his life. Services will be private. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014
Asaro, Ray  
In Loving Memory of Ray Asaro Ray Asaro peacefully passed away and entered eternal life on December 15th, 2014. His spirit and memory are survived by his two children Denise and Frank, Three Grandchildren Tony, Marco, and Nikki, as well as extended family and friends that he cherished from all walks of life. Ray was born in Lawndale, CA in 1928 to Italian immigrant parents. He was the third son born to Frank and Margaret Asaro. His parents worked tirelessly and sacrificed to ensure their boys a chance at the American Dream. They also instilled in them the importance of family and tradition. At an early age Ray developed a diligent work ethic and a love of family that continued throughout his life. Anyone that knew Ray, affectionately known by family and friends as "pops", would agree that he was truly one of a kind. His infectious and distinctive personality naturally drew respect and love from all of those around him. He was never apprehensive about speaking his mind. His headstrong, willful persona made him notorious. It was usually followed by a wide grinned smile and a hearty laugh. In his lifetime Ray or "pops" left a deep impact on many lives, whether this came from being a trusted friend, advisor, loving father, or supportive grandfather. The memories of Ray will be recalled with warmth, gratitude, and many laughs. For those who were lucky enough to be a part of his life, Ray would be at peace knowing that these memories were shared with love and laughter. He will be greatly missed but he will never be forgotten. A viewing will be held on Sunday, December 21st 2014 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm at Green Hills Mortuary 27501 South Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, December 22nd 2014 at 1:30pm at St. James Catholic Church 415 Vincent St. Redondo, CA 90277. Please sign the guestbook at greenhillsmortuary.com and dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2014
Dirksen, Jack  
In Memory of Jack Dirksen After several months of failing health, Jack passed away on December 11, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Dr. Patricia Corcoran of Claremont; sons, James Dirksen of Torrance, and Robert Dirksen of Manhattan Beach; grandchildren, Rose and Andre Corcoran, Jasmine and Ashley Dirksen; brother, Peter Dirksen of Ontario, Canada. Viewing will be on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 9:00 am - 10:00 am at Green Hills Mortuary followed with a Service at 11 am at Green Hills Memorial Chapel followed by interment. Reception will be held at 1 pm following interment at Journey of Faith Church, 1243 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, California 90266. Please sign the guestbook at greenhillsmortuary.com and dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 19, 2014
Gaza, Martha Cecilia (Featured)  
Martha Gaza, 36, of Torrance is one of now four who died when a motorist crashed into a group of pedestrians on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, who were crossing Pacific Coast Highway at Vincent Street after leaving a Christmas concert at St. James Catholic School and Parish in Redondo Beach. Her son Samuel, 6, was dragged by the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries, authorities announced on Dec. 19. "The community of St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, and the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles, ask everyone to join them in prayer during this time of tragedy and grief," according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 19, 2014
Gaza, Samuel (Featured)  
Samuel Gaza, 6 Samuel Gaza, 6, of Torrance is one of now four who died when a motorist crashed into a group of pedestrians on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, who were crossing Pacific Coast Highway at Vincent Street after leaving a Christmas concert at St. James Catholic School and Parish in Redondo Beach. Officials announced his death on Dec. 19. His mother, Martha Cecilia Gaza, 36, died in the Dec. 17 crash. "The community of St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, and the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles, ask everyone to join them in prayer during this time of tragedy and grief," according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 19, 2014
Geges, Dina  
Dina Connie Geges October 19, 1928 - December 15, 2014 Dina Connie Geges (nee Vengel) died peacefully in her home in Manhattan Beach, California on Monday, December 15, 2014, with her family at her bedside. She was 86 years old. Born on October 19, 1928, Dina was the youngest of seven children of Dimitrios and Angeliki Vagelatos, one of the pioneer Greek immigrant families to call Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles their home. Dina graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1946, and completed her Associate of Arts Degree, a feat not accomplished by many women of her generation, in 1948. While working in the family floral business, in 1952, she married the man who was her best friend and the love of her life for 64 years, Nicholas Geges. Together, they had four children and a successful liquor store business until their retirement in 1981. With Dina's astute business sense, they acquired various properties in the South Bay, and continued to work into their golden years managing them. Dina was preceded in death by her brothers, George and Jerry in 1992; her sister, Sophia in 1995 and sister, Martha in 2009. Dina is survived by her sisters, Louise Sotiriou of Manhattan Beach, Amalia Ambatielos of Hermosa Beach; her husband, Nicholas Geges of Manhattan Beach; her children, Caliope Lavine of Redondo Beach, John Geges of Garner Valley, Demetra Johal of Pasadena and Maria Pena of Oceanside, California; her beloved grandchildren, Nicholas, Dimitri, David, Peter, Alethea, Ana, namesake Kostantino "Kosta," and Dominic; her great-grandson Nikolas, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Trisagion Services will be held at White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA on Friday, December 19 at 7 pm. The Funeral will be held on Saturday December 20 at 11am at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church 722 Knob Hill Ave. Redondo Beach CA. Makaria luncheon at the Church Hall to follow interment. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19, 2014
Gustafson, Charles  
Charles David Gustafson "Gus" May 26, 1921 – December 11, 2014 Gus died in his sleep in his own home at age 93, which he would have agreed is just about as good as it gets. He was born of missionary parents in Gujarat, India and spent a mischievous youth having adventures in the jungles there. He was educated in India and the United States and was 20 when World War II broke out. He served with the first Armored Division (tanks) in North Africa and Italy during World War II and received five Purple Hearts for combat injuries. Upon returning to the United States to attend USC, Gus met and married Isabella "Gussie" McLarty, to whom he remained devoted for 65 years. Isabella predeceased him 9 months ago. He taught for 38 years in Los Angeles Unified School District, eventually serving as principal of Cabrillo Avenue School in San Pedro, Bonita Avenue in Carson and 153rd Street School in Gardena. Upon retiring, he became a legal arbitrator for the Orange County municipal court and taught art to the inmates at Terminal Island prison. Gus was not easily impressed; he gave his very best at every endeavor and expected no less from everyone else. His favorite phrase was "Did you learn anything?" and he was alert and interesting up until the very end. Gus loved to travel, and returned multiple times to India. He was a talented artist, and enjoyed drawing, painting, stained glass, and miniature models. He was also an accomplished pilot and sailor, flying private small planes and sailing. Gus is survived by his only child, Kris (Jim Brust); his grandchildren Alyssa (Tim Lebetsamer, great grandson David), Scott Brust (Suzanne, great grandchildren Eric, Heidi, Ella), Jeremy Brust (Amy, great grandchildren Frank, Nora, Jason); his brother Lloyd Gustafson, numerous nieces and nephews and a small select group of dear friends. A memorial will be held in February, and as he instructed, at the service we will toast with his favorite drink, root beer. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested you consider donating to the Isabella Black McLarty Memorial Scholarship at the Los Angeles Harbor College RN Nursing program (checks made out to "LAHC Nursing/Nowinski") at 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA 90744." Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 19, 2014
Hallick, Rosa Elizabeth  
Rosa Elizabeth Hallick, age 99, died peacefully at her home on December 7, after a short bout with pneumonia. She was born March 8, 1915 in Havensville, Kansas, the third child of Edward and Cora Coates. Rosa was a resident of Palos Verdes Estates for the past 62 years. Following high school, she attended Kansas State Teachers College and Kansas State college where she obtained her teaching certificate. She taught school in Kansas from 1933-1940. During a trip to visit her uncle in California in 1940, she met and soon married John Hallick, her husband of 52 years, until his death in 1992. While raising three children, Rosa returned to school, earning a BA from Long Beach State in 1964, and began a 17-year career teaching at Silver Spur Elementary School. She continued her education, earning a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education in 1975 from Pepperdine University, at the age of 60. Following "retirement", she continued as a substitute teacher in the Palos Verdes Unified School District until age 80. Rosa has been a member of The Neighborhood Church since 1952, and was an active volunteer as co-chair of the Memorial Committee for many years, in the Yule Parlor Parade and other church activities. Rosa and John loved to travel together, visiting every continent except Antarctica, and more than 40 countries together. After John's death, Rosa continued to travel with her children, that took her to the Nile, Russia, Alaska, Tahiti, the Mediterranean, Mexico, the Grand Canyon, and the Caribbean. Rosa learned to play the piano at an early age, became an excellent pianist, and played as an accompanist throughout her teaching career. She also learned to sew as a child, and continued this hobby for many years. Rosa is survived by her brother, Glenn E. Coates, her three children, Jan Cofer (Tom), Richard (Margaret West), and Vicky Ferrari (John), four grandchildren, John Hughes, Deborah Mundorff, and Jessica and Daniel Robbins, two great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Beside her husband, Rosa was predeceased by sister Lenore Bell, brother Cheslie Coates, and grandsons Matthew and Christopher Hallick. Rosa will be remembered for her soft-spoken warmth, grace, good humor, and ability to connect with others, and will be deeply missed by all who loved her. A celebration of Rosa's life well be held at The Neighborhood Church on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harbor Interfaith Services ( www.harborinterfaith.org ).
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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Dec. 18, 2014
Jarboe, Mary  
Mary Anne Serpan Jarboe Mary Anne Serpan Jarboe, 95, died peacefully at home in Torrance, California on December 15, 2014. She was born on April 19, 1919 in La Crosse, Kansas, growing up in a large, loving family during the Great Depression. She graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1939 and was a WAVE in the Navy during World War II, stationed in Coronado, California. Mary Anne remained in Southern California after leaving the Navy, settling in Hermosa Beach, where she lived overlooking the Pacific Ocean for over 50 years. Toots, as she was known to her family, graduated from Woodbury College (now Woodbury University) in Los Angeles, California with a B.A. degree and began working at MGM Studios in Culver City, California in the late 1940's. Her long career with MGM began as secretary to the Chief of Security, later moving into the studio credit union and finally with casting for television productions such as the popular show, 'CHIPs'. She enjoyed sharing stories from her career in the movie industry with family and friends. On October 21, 1961, she married Howard C. Jarboe. During their 28 year marriage, they enjoyed sharing their love of western history and art; movies, particularly those from Hollywood's 'Golden Days'; antiques, and traveling both within the US and Europe. Howard preceded Mary Anne in death, passing on July 11, 1989. Mary Anne had a deep love of animals that began in childhood. During her life, she made many pets, both cats and dogs, part of her family. Taking advantage of the favorable Southern California weather, she developed skills and recognition as an expert gardner, specializing in prize winning orchids, including cattleya, phalaenopsis, cymbidium, and vandas orchids. She was also an avid bridge and poker player, often hosting friends for regular card games. She was preceded in death by her husband, her father, Joseph Serpan; her mother, Mary Serpan; brothers, Edward and George; and sisters, Helen and Ida Mae. She is survived by nephews, George Rhea Serpan, Danville, California; Michael Serpan, Denver, Colorado; Joe Mays, San Antonio, Texas; and David Yost, Monterey,California; and nieces, Mary Helen Mays, San Antonio, Texas and Katherine Yost Hayden, Issaquah, Washington and many great nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by her family, many friends, and dedicated caregivers. A Memorial Service will be held at the Rice Mortuary, Torrance, California on December 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm. Burial will be in La Crosse, Kansas. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 19, 2014
Leis-Beck, Sean Michael  
Sean Michael Leis-Beck Sean Michael Leis-Beck, was born on October 10, 1985 to Elizabeth Jean Beck and Daniel Evan Leis, II, in Harbor City, California. Sean peacefully passed away on December 12, 2014 in his Westchester home. Sean attended Kentwood Elementary School in Westchester, Kayne ERS Middle and High School in Culver City. Sean loved comedy and Art. Sean was pursuing an Art Degree at West Los Angeles Community College. Sean was very generous and loved serving God with his time and talents at church and in the community. Sean was a member and faithfully attended Hope Chapel Del Rey for 25 years. He served in Youth Ministry, Vacation Bible School, P.A.T.H, Eggstravaganza at Westchester Park and played Santa for Children's Ministry. Sean is survived by his parents, Stephen and Elizabeth Vuna and his brother, Jesse Barruquin. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for December 20, 2014 at Hope Chapel Del Rey, 7299 W. Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 19, 2014
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