GUILLEN, ANDREW MESA a 70 year resident of Redondo Beach , passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2003. Andrew was born in Texas on Nov. 30, 1921 and served in the U.S. Army during WW II as a member of the 738th Field Artillery Battalion. He is survived by his Wife, Lucinda Guillen of Redondo Beach, CA; Daughter, Gloria Herrera of Buena Park, CA; Daughter, Eva Stacey of Anaheim, CA; Daughter, Nora Rickson of Long Beach, CA; and Son, John Guillen of Redondo Beach, CA. He is the blessed grandfather of seventeen and great grandfather of four. Andrew was preceded in death by his daughter, Rosalie Johnson. Visitation will be Thursday, April 24, 2003 from 4PM to 8PM at WHITE & DAY MORTUARY, 3215 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Rosary recitation will be the same evening at 7 PM, also at White & Day. Celebration of Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 25, 2003 at 10 AM at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 624 15th St., Manhattan Beach, CA. Interment will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.

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  1. My deepest sympathies and condolences. I fondly remember this past Christmas Eve with the family and meeting Andrew and Lucinda as a guest of Nora where I was warmly welcomed. There is a lot of heart, love, and respect in this family. My heart and prayers goes out to you.

  2. Nora, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry to hear of this sad time for you all. Karen


  4. Melissa, I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. I know how close you were to him and how much he\’ll be missed by you and the rest of his family members. To the entire family, my thoughts are with you at this time of your loss. Linda

  5. I am very saddened by the death of Andes.You have my most sencere sympathy. Good by dear freind. I will always remember you. Esther

  6. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father. May the Lord give you comfort and peace at this time and always. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Mema, our prayers are with you and your family during this time of great sorrow. Andy will be remembered by all of us in El Paso as a kind and caring man. God Bless You.

  8. Yvonne: My family sends your family all our love and our deepest condolences on your grandfather\’s passing. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. With love and friendship, The Seidenberg Family

  9. Nora, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. There are no words that can ease your sorrow, but may it strengthen you to realize that those who care for you are near in heart. Hien Pham & Huong Hoang

  10. I grew up with Rosalie Johnsons children almost as one of her own….Mr.Guillen was a very great guy in my eyes…I always sat there and admired his WWII medals and his wood crafting genius.he will be missed as a grandfather like my own. Michael J. Ferraro

  11. On behalf of the Guillen family I want to thank all of our family and friends who are using the website to express their condolences to our family. I don\’t really want to speak on my own behalf because I would go on forever. My father stood for family unity, love, respect and all the good things in life that meant love for his family. My daughter Michelle said something that I felt expressed my Dad very well and that was that he was not a tall man in height, but our family looked up to him as if though he was 10 feet tall. He is going to be missed by all of us, but we know that he is in a wonderful, peaceful and happy place. Someday when God wills it we will all get to see him again. I Love You Daddy and Always Will. Your Daughter, Eva & Family

  12. My Dearest Grandpa ~ You were the greatest man I ever knew. I never thought I would have to say goodbye to you, I never wanted to ever say goodbye to you. You never did no wrong in my eyes and I know I never did wrong in yours. You were nothing but the Best Grandpa a girl could ask for. I have nothing but Love and Appreciation for you. You have done so much for me in my life I could not even begin to list them. All I ask is that you are the one that is there to welcome me when it is my time. I know I will get passed this hurt & pain of the loss of you but I will certainly NEVER forget all the wonderful memories. I LOVE YOU MY GRANDPA & I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH! XOXO Your Grandaughter, Melissa Jean

  13. Dear Guillen Family, I deeply regret the passing of your beloved Andrew. I remember him as a quiet man; as a family man. I was about eleven years old when I met him. When he married Lucinda, he took on her family as his own. He was strong and quiet and I always admired him. He will be missed. Your Cousin and Family, Xochitl V. Alarcon

  14. Daddy, I feel like I\’m 5-years old – a child who loves you and misses you. I ask the good Lord to reveal the Heavens to me so that I can see you in my dreams (whether awake or asleep), and that I may hear your voice in my heart always and always. Holy Mother of God, sanctify me in all my actions right here and now on Earth – so that I may be worthy to join the Kingdom of God with Rosie, Grandma, and my beloved Daddy. In the meantime I have one foot here on Earth and the other in Heaven – in this way I will experience Heaven on Earth – my heart\’s desire for so many years. Daddy, my heart is pierced with the lost of you, it\’s difficult to imagine this life without you here as the cornerstone in our family. I touch my hands, my face and take comfort knowing that I am your seedling created from a Great love (You, Mommy, and God), and I thank you for the gift of life. Although my whole being is in pain right now – I vow to be strong and continue to make you proud of me. I walk in confidence to fulfill God\’s will – each day I will listen for guidance. Say Hi to Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and St. Faustina for me – thank them for consoling me in this time of sorrow. Blessed be God forever, and Peace to His children on Earth. With Love death is conquered – there is no good bye – Nothing, Nothing but Love. Your daughter – Nora

  15. I want to thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences to our family. And for those who shared their memories and who continue to do so on this web site. Daddy was a strong man physically and willfully. As a family man all of us as young children felt safe and secure growing up. No matter what turmoil this world threw out (Kennedy assassinations, threat of nuclear war, end of world predictions, earthquakes…etc) we could handle it with the comfort and strength from our father, a rock to lean on. At daddy’s memorial family and friends touched on his woodworking, mechanical, culinary (eggs benedict, orange glazed chicken, hors d’oeuvres, and salad dressings none better), medical care (family and pets), and musical talents (guitar, piano,harmonica, mouth harp, and anything you could bang a tune out of). He was blessed with many talents and did them well. He was a man of stand up character; he would leave no one stranded you could always count on his help at any hour of the day. A family story that memorializes his heroism. In the early 70’s we rented a motor home and took a family vacation to Sequoia Nat’l Park. We just arrived at our campsite and strolled to the lake edge. A young teenage boy had swam to the center of the lake and tired. Sapped of his energy he cried out for help. We were trying to figure out if the boy was in distress or just calling out to someone at shore as he was fairly far out in the lake. My father wasted no time; he removed his shoes, shirt, and emptied his pockets in seconds and dived to the boy’s rescue. The vision of my father comforting the boy as they made their way back to shore are vivid in my memory. Our hero…our dad, a soldier of those in distress. In the last few months of his life daddy had difficulty walking. Nora was with him at the physical therapy center. He was helped to the restroom by a nurse, when he was done the nurse brought the wheel chair up close to assist him back to bed, he refused prohibitively. The nurse asked, “oh you want to walk back by yourself”? Daddy replied, “hell no I want to run”! Daddy’s running with the angels in a beautiful place ten times greater than man can ever imagine. I love you and will miss you. Your son Johnny…mijo. To Rosie: My big sister who preceded daddy in death 3 years ago. I always felt that when we lost a parent you would be there to comfort us. I knew it would be difficult but with your love and compassion we would get trough it together. You were there for us after all from up above and within our hearts. Its comforting knowing daddy is with you——-He called your name again.

  16. A message to Daddy: I know I wasn’t No.1 or No.2 not even No.3 I know I was the oldest and was expected more of. I lived a hard life with a strict father, I always tried to obey to do no wrong cause I was afraid of you. I didn’t have the courage that Rosie, Eva and Nora had to speak out for themselves. I never had the courage to speak to you and tell you how I felt. But I know in your own special way you loved me. Love you Daddy, now you’re with Rosie and the Lord!! Love you Gloria Jean

  17. “Grandpa” was a great man… no doubt. I always appreciated the fact that he never judged me. I used to show up at his door every other week with his granddaughter. I looked raggedy, I talked reaggedy, and I acted pretty raggedy. My car usually needed some work when I got there (he used to charge my battery for me and do other work). I even got stopped by the police right in front of his house one time! No matter what, he always accepted me and made me fel like family. For the record, his attitude rubbed off on the whole family! Everybody is caring, accepting, and forgiving. I am greatly appreciative to have known all of you! Thank you for everything. I send my love and sympathy. Vince Surra

  18. Mr. Guillen was truly the family patriarch. He was respected and very much loved by his family and friends. I am glad that I had a chance to get to know him. I am grateful for the time he helped us cut down bushes in Nora’s back yard. I appreciate all of the great furniture we have in our home that was made by his skilled hands. I am thankful for the times we were able sit in the living room and talk while everyone else was gathered around the kitchen table. Mr. Guillen always made me feel welcome, at home and part of the family. Thanks Mr. Guillen for everything. We’ll miss you. Al

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