Adolfo
Adolfo Hernandez, a seventy-one year resident of Los Angeles, passed away on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 in Torrance, CA. Born in Mesa, AZ to Refugio and Nicolas Hernandez, Adolfo was the third of five children. He moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1939 where he attended Los Angeles public schools. After proudly serving in the U.S. Army during WWII, he learned the trade of electrician and, during the course of his career, worked on the construction of many highly recognizable edifices in the Los Angeles area such as the Forum, the Hollywood Race Track and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to name just a few. Adolfo married his sweetheart, Bertha Mondragon, in February 1949 and they commenced to rear a family of seven boys and five girls. Adolfo and Bertha have been devoted parishioners of Ascension Catholic Church in Los Angeles for over fifty-seven years. All twelve of their children received a religious education at Ascension Catholic School. Adolfo had recently celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday on July 11th. Adolfo is survived by his loving and devoted wife of sixty-one years, Bertha Hernandez; Sons: Al, Danny, David, Pete, Mike, Jay and Rick (Phoenix) Hernandez; Daughters: Mary Dimmick, Lupi Martinez, Doris Tello, Vickie Bagley and Rita Hernandez; twenty-seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicolas and Refugio Hernandez; brothers, Leonard and Gilbert and sisters, Alice and Nellie. A gathering of family & friends will be held at McCormick's Inglewood Mortuary on Monday, August 23, 2010 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The Service will be held in the Chapel at the Inglewood Mortuary on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM. A Reception will follow in Inglewood's Lighthouse Reception Room from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Interment will follow at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in honor of Adolfo Hernandez to: www.parkinsonsresource.org or mail donation to: Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74-478 Hwy 111, #102, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4112.

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  1. Dad’s Journey….. Although my father had many journeys in life the last 2 years was his hardest final journey home. My father came to California when he was only 14. A Journey from Mesa-Tempe area, that his parents set out to seek a better life for their family. He would later join the armed forces during World War II to travel many places in the world such as India, China, Europe and Africa, returning home to the United States when he met my mother and started a family. His longest Journey was the 12 children that he and my mother raised together from that union and worked hard so that we all had an education and grew to be independent as they were. In the last few years Dad’s health started to take a toll. One day when I visited him in the hospital he asked me. Did I bring my car. I didn’t quite understand, so I told him yes that is how I got here today, but he winked and just said bring it around back and let’s go. I laughed and told him I could not take him with me since he had to get well. He said he just wanted to go home. Later he would become the patient at Heritage Rehabilitation where he would always ask me did you bring your car today? I would just smile and tell him we will get caught if I try to take you out of here and he would reply……you can drive fast. Dad then moved on to the Starlight home in Rancho P.V. It was a very nice home with lot’s of sunlight and really felt a more peaceful atmosphere. Although at first he had to adjust when I went to see him he asked, did you bring the car? I told him I traded my car for new one and I didn’t think we could fit his chair in this one, so he told me we can leave the chair, I’ve just got to get home. A few weeks before Dad made his final transition, he told me it’s time for you to go and check on your mother too. I left wondering if he felt ok. He didn’t ask about my car and he didn’t say anything about going home but I realize now it was because he knew he was really going HOME, not to 215 W.115th Street but to One Golden Way, Heaven’s Court. Dad Made his last Journey without me but I’m sure he’s caught up with his brothers and sisters by now and can be at peace. Till we meet again Dad……xoxoxo

  2. My dear Uncle…I still can hear the sound of your voice and remember your kindness to my mom..you showed so much love for her and us as her children…I can remember you from an early age..when you brought your “Blue” station wagon to show Grandpa and Grandma..my mom and us kids were there and you gave us a ride…I can also remember living with you and your family at a young age…playing in that “Doll” house in the back yard…you coming home from work and Aunt Bertha having dinner ready for you…I remember at the dinner table one evening you coming over to me…(I was very young)..and showing me how to use a knife to cut up my meat…but you showing so much patience with me…or driving us to the movies…..Much older I thought of how, you took me in for a while…and you already had a house full of children…and yet you still wanted me there…what an incrediable man you were…you will certainly be missed by all of us…I know one day I will see you “Hand in Hand” with my mom and your brothers and sister and grandpa and grandma and many other generations of our families…so rest my dear Uncle..You were my blessing and a gift to your family..much, much love…

  3. I cant believe my grandfather is gone.. I love him more that i can possibly express. Grandpa i miss you so much already. I cant wait to see you again one day.

  4. To the Hernandez Family, I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Hernandez’s service to the country is greatly appreciated.

  5. Rita and Family.I am sorry for your loss.It is our faith that reminds us that we will all be together again in Gods Kingdom.There will be no more sorrow and no more pain.God rest Dads soull and God Bless you all.

  6. To Rita and Family, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. It’s important the family stay strong and together during times of sorrow. Norman

  7. We were so sorry to hear about the passing of our uncle Adolf our sympathy goes out to our Aunt, and cousins and the rest of the family. I remember Pop always wanting to visit his brother who he loved dearly, who are together again. May God Bless you all and we hope you may find some comfort in these words. Love always Rick and Nena Hernandez

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