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Durian, Joan  
Joan Elaine Durian Joan E. Durian passed away on July 16, 2015 at the age of 84. Joan was born September 2, 1930 in Wayland, Iowa and had been a long time resident of Torrance, CA. Joan enjoyed her life as a Homemaker, and volunteer for many organizations, such as Carr Elementary PTA and the Torrance Police Department. Joan is survived by her children, Barbara (Bob) Chriss, Diane (Bob) Lindall, Linda Priest, and Scott (Rhonda) Durian; grandchildren, Katrina (Louis) Russo, Jodi (Miguel) Gutierrez, Brandon Priest, Amanda Priest, Erin Priest, Jessica Durian, Anna Lindall, Sarah Durian and Matthew Durian; great grandchildren, Joseph Gutierrez, Christian Gutierrez, Aaliyah Lottie and Louis Russo along with a brother, Doug Troutman. Joan is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Durian, parents, Delbert Troutman, and Catherine Conway, brothers, James, Robert, and Byron Troutman and great granddaughter, Elizabeth Gutierrez. Visitation for Joan will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 3-8p.m, with a Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 1:00p.m at Green Hills Chapel.
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 27, 2015

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Bullock, Frederick  
Frederick Calvin Bullock Frederick "Fred" Calvin Bullock, 77, passed away from glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer on July 21, 2015. Fred was born July 29, 1937 in Orange, NJ to Thomas and Christina Bullock. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1969, then worked as an engineer while residing in Cumberland, MD and Towaco, NJ. After moving to Torrance, CA in 1978, he worked as an aerospace engineer/scientist for companies including Garrett AiResearch (AlliedSignal/Honeywell), Northrop Grumman, and, most recently, Boeing. From skiing, to boating, to bicycling along the beach, Fred enjoyed being active and spending time outdoors with friends and family. He especially treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren and delighted in following all their activities and accomplishments. Survivors include his wife Anita Bullock; daughter Pamela Sands and her husband George Sands; grandchildren Jordan, Jessica, Joseph, Jina, and Julie Sands; and daughter Cynthia Dunlop and her husband David Dunlop. Private services will be held. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 26, 2015
Murrey, Rosemary  
Rosemary Mae Wojcik Murrey Our loving Mom and precious Granny, 91 years forever young, passed peacefully to our Lord on July 22, 2015 at her home in Torrance, California. Rosemary was born to William and Mae Wojcik on August 2, 1923 in Downers Grove, Illinois. She grew up in Chicago with her older brother Bill and extended family and friends. She married Gordon Murrey in 1946. They moved to California to start a family that grew to 7 children, 15 grandchildren and more than 15 great grandchildren. She worked as a seamstress, waitress, an Avon representative and as Bookkeeper for the family businesses. She also volunteered with the PTA, Red Cross and the Boy and Girl Scouts. She enjoyed game shows and was one of the original contestants and winners of the show "Queen for a Day". Later, she helped organize the charitable Queen for a Day Club and served as the president for several terms. She was a winning contestant on other TV shows as well, including Seven Keys and Family Feud. She joyfully shared her passion for fun and games with her family and friends, especially savoring her many wins at Backgammon! Rosemary was an incredibly generous mother and homemaker. Her greatest joy was sharing in the love and lives of her beloved family and friends. As a cherished matriarch, she often performed random acts of kindness, always made her family laugh with her witty sense of humor, and could be counted on to always have a twinkle in her eye. She will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know her; to know her was to love her. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Nativity Church in Torrance at 10:30 am. A reception will be held at the Torrance Woman's Club immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your choice of charitable organization or send a donation to Rosemary's favorite charity at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 26, 2015
Snyder, Susan L.  
Susan L. Snyder Susan L. Snyder, 75, a Washougal, WA resident for the past nineteen years, died Friday, July 3rd in her home. She was born on May 27, 1940 in Riverside, CA to her parents Harriett Wheeler and Darrell Runyan. Before retiring to Washington, she lived in Redondo Beach, CA for 32 years. She had worked as an aide at Jefferson Elementary School for 20 years. Susan was a talented quilter and doll maker who enjoyed travelling (especially cruises), gardening and meeting new people. She was a loving and caring mom, who made our world a better and more beautiful place. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Susan is survived by her first husband of 13 years, Glendon Miller; their four daughters, Margaret and Erin Miller of Washougal, MaryAnne (Campbell) Nimick of Redondo Beach, CA, and Robin (Steve) Cookus of Thousand Oaks, CA; sister, Nancy Sullivan of Washougal; brothers, Geoffrey and Timothy Wheeler of Central Point, OR, and Patrick (Debra) Runyan of Great Falls, MT; sisters-in-law, Angela Runyan of Camas, WA, and Gloria Barrington of Old Fields, WV; and her six grandchildren, of whom she was very proud. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugo "Bill" Snyder, and her brother, Stephen Runyan. Celebration of Life will be held at the family home. Memorials may be made in Susan's name, for the use of Community Outreach, Washougal Corps., to The Salvation Army, 1500 NE 112th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98684. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 26, 2015
Wong, Angela  
Angela Wong Angela Ma Wong was born on February 7, 1947 in Nanjing, China. She was a 26 year survivor of breast cancer. On July 12, 2015, the Lord took her home and she is at peace in a better place. Angela was a teacher, writer, publisher, intercultural consultant, Feng Shui expert and entrepreneur. She was an active member of the Rotary Club for over 20 years, co-founder and past president of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and Volunteer at the Banning Museum. She was the recipient of numerous awards from the State of California and the City of Los Angeles for humanitarian and outstanding service to communities. Most recently, she was presented the Hall of Fame 2014-2015 award by Rotary's District 5280, Los Angeles. Angi, as she was affectionately known, was passionate, energetic, articulate and spirited. Many people were inspired by her generosity, sincerity and zest for life. She is survived by her loving husband Norman, children Jason (Bill), Wendy (Javi), Jamie (Bob), Steve. She is also survived by siblings Andrew Ma, Mary and Zhen-sheng Chen, James and Dora Hsu, Nancy Tsui, Amy and Sam Wei, Dixon (d. 2011) and Eileen Hsu. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held 3:30 PM Saturday, July 25, 2015 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA, 91101. A private interment service for family members will be held at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from July 24 to July 26, 2015

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Cassell, Mary Lou  
Mary Lou Cassell Age 94, died April 29, 2015 at her home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Mary Lou was born in 1921 in Los Angeles, California to Helen and Fred Hamblin. She grew up with sisters Betty Anna and Patricia and attended Antioch college before marrying James C. Cassell III in 1941. They lived in Norman, Oklahoma where Jim completed an engineering degree, then in Seattle where her two children - Gwen and Jeffrey - were born. Both Mary Lou and Jim worked at Boeing to support the WWII effort. They later moved back to Southern California, where they lived first in Monterey Park and later in the South Bay. Mary Lou loved books and worked as a library aid. She was an active member of Volunteers for Children at Harbor General Hospital for 20 years. She was passionate about animal welfare and raised many wonderful dogs, cats, parakeets, tropical fish, guinea pigs, and rats (well, the rats were Jeff's!). Mary Lou was predeceased by husband Jim, son Jeffrey, Sisters Betty Dunn and Patricia "Patsy" Martin McCoy, and is survived by her daughter Gwen Uman, grandson Russell Uman, great-grandson Heron Uman Martin, and dog Patrice.
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 25, 2015
Foster, Ernest Henry  
Ernest "Ernie" Henry Foster March 15, 1949 - July 18, 2015 Ernie passed away peacefully at his home. He was born in Torrance, CA to Homer and Bernice Foster, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Torrance High in 1967 and worked for a brief time at Northrop Aircraft. He then worked in the movie industry in transportation for many years. He became good friends with several well-known Hollywood actors. Ernie had a lifetime love of classic and antique cars. He opened his own restoration business and won awards for his excellent skills. He was a big fan of the annual Torrance High Alumni Car Show. Ernie was involved in Springer Spaniel dog rescues and especially loved his own dogs (and cat, tortoises and turtles). He enjoyed deep-sea fishing and participated in many shark fishing tournaments and was even in a reality TV series about it. Ernie had a wide variety of interests and brought his big personality wherever he went. He was noticed by all and loved by many. He is survived by his brother, Ed (Lynne) Foster; his nephew, Eric (Kylene) Foster; his grand-nieces, Hannah and Hattie; many cousins and so many close friends who loved and took good care of him. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Fred Jordan Mission in LA, which had a special place in Ernie's heart. Memorial gathering for all will be Sunday, July 26th, 3-6 pm at the Carson Community Center at 801 E. Carson St. (park in East lot by DoubleTree Hotel). Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 25, 2015
Grossman, Robert Jay (Featured)  
Robert Grossman, a Beach Cities Health District board member and renowned local cardiologist, a lifelong advocate for public health who had a miraculous rebound from paralysis less than a decade ago, died Thursday from injuries sustained in a freak accident. He was 67. The former chair of the cardiology department at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Grossman had held leadership positions at various South Bay hospitals and worked diligently on preventative health. He was in his second term as a board member for the health district.
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 25, 2015
Hughes, Rebecca  
In Loving Memory of Rebecca J. Hughes Rebecca J. Hughes, the daughter of Charles and Gretchen Johnson, passed away on July 20, 2015 at the age of 86. She was born on June 12, 1929 in West Virginia, and was a resident of Temecula, California. She is survived by her husband, Roy M. Hughes, son, Roy (Denise) M. Hughes, Jr., grandchildren, Roy M. Hughes III, Ashley Hughes, Trevor Hughes, and Jared Hughes. Funeral service will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2pm. Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com and greenhillsmortuary.com
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 25, 2015
Hurst, Gloria  
Gloria Rocky Hurst Died in her home on July 21, 2015, in Hawthorne, CA due to a short battle with cancer. She was 76. Gloria was born on September 28, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA to her parents, Vicente and Felicitas Montes. She attended school at Willowbrook in Compton, CA. Gloria married Gale (Red) Hurst in 1955. The Hurst's moved to Hawthorne where Gale worked as a machinist and Gloria worked for the state employment office. She retired in 2005. Gloria spent her entire life caring for her children, grandchildren and literally anyone else who would stop by her home. Gloria's passion was helping people; she would gladly give to anyone who had any kind of need. Each Christmas she worked with a local church to insure that the single moms were blessed. Gloria loved going to the theater, she was an avid reader, home decorator and gardener. Gloria is survived by her husband Gale, sisters Delia and Lucy, brothers Vic and Mike, children, Ricky, Rocky, Randy, Tammy, Pepper and Jesse, grandchildren Brian, Brock, Cody, Bradley, Abby, Kenneth, Ian, Jennifer, Jessica, Haley, Riki, Robby, Jacki, Taylor and Harison and great grandchildren Savannah, Dylan, Brandon Tristan, Charlotte and Shane. A memorial will take place on Saturday, July 25 at Douglas & Dunaway Mortuary, 4286 W. Broadway, Hawthorne, CA 90250, at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gloria's life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Salvation Army. Please sign guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 25, 2015
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