Barbara ''Baba''
Engel, Barbara June ''Baba'' a resident of The South Bay (Redondo Beach - 10 yrs. & Torrance - 30 yrs.) passed away on Monday, May 31, 2005, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, California due to diabetic/heart related complications. Baba was born in San Francisco on June 1, 1939 to Evelyn and Elvezio ''Fat'' Pedrazzi and raised in Salinas, California. Baba is survived by her Husband, Werner Engel of Torrance, California, twin sons Al & Theo Engel, of Torrance, California, Baba's brother George Pedrazzi of Salinas, California, her sister Jeanne Pedrazzi of Lady Lake, Florida and sister Patty Barron of Huntsville, Alabama. Baba began working in the typing industry in 1965 for TRW as a repro typist. Baba was known as one of the best typist in the industry as well as the fastest typing well over 100 words per minute. To spend time with her twin boys who were born in 1967, Baba quit TRW and began working as a self employed job shopper doing the same type of work at night for different publication companies such as Pace Publications, Viking of California, Key Systems, Volt, JD Publications and many others. In 1975, Baba set out on her own starting her own business as a self employed contractor working out of her home doing repro typing for the same publication companies she worked in-house for. These publications had contracts with the aerospace industry such as McDonald Douglas, Hughes, Hughes Aircraft, Litton, TRW, JPL, etc. In 1985, due to the decline in aerospace work, Baba got into the field of medical transcription. After some training and gathering of accounts, she formed ''Baba & Associates'' in 1988 and had several transcribing accounts and at one point had five individuals subcontracting work from her. Baba loved gardening, her family and animals and loved spending time with her family. Baba also loved playing the piano which she learned to do as a child in Salinas, California and played piano in many night clubs in her early 20's in Los Angeles, California. Baba continued the love for the piano, but due to family and the constant pressures of running her business, found less and less time to play throughout the years. Baba was very much loved and respected by her family, friends and animals and was a very caring, loving and compassionate woman who will be missed and loved forever, especially by her twin sons. Memorial Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church, 124 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 on June 11, 2005, 10:00 AM. Private inurnment

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  1. Baba. Thanks for being such a wonderful, caring and loving sister. You have no idea how much I miss you. My big regret is that we didn\’t live closer so that we could have seen each other more often. You will always be in my heart. Love, Jeanne

  2. Baba; We had a great childhood growing up with animals, and a country style of living that most people yearn for. Say HI to Mom and the rest of them. I will miss you, and will join you someday in the future. I always have, and always will love you. Your brother George

  3. Barbara – you are a wonderful lady, with a great sense of humor. I am sorry we were not able to spend more time together, but I have always cared for you and you\’re in my heart forever. Your children and husband will sorely miss you and I will to. With love, Vicki and Bob

  4. I was saddened by the news that Baba had passed. She was kind and loved by many. My deepest condolences go out to her family.

  5. I will always remember staying at the house in Torrance when traveling from Salinas to San Diego with my father and sisters. Spending the night with my cousins Al & Theo was always a fun time. The breakfast my Aunt Baba made in the morning was one of my favorites growing up. Her laugh was infectious and you couldn\’t help but join in if you heard her. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  6. Barbara was a dear dear friend to me and I loved her dearly. I will miss her so much but she will always be in my heart. She was such a wonderful, giving, thoughtful and sweet friend; we shared many laughs and good times. She loved her family dearly. I know she is at peace and will be watching over her family, animals, and friends forever. Love, Marla My heart also goes out to you, Werner, Al and Ted. I will always keep in touch with you to make sure you are all okay.

  7. Barbara was a dear dear friend to me and I loved her dearly. I will miss her so much but she will always be in my heart. She was such a wonderful, giving, thoughtful and sweet friend; we shared many laughs and good times. She loved her family dearly. I know she is at peace and will be watching over her family, animals, and friends forever. Love, Marla My heart also goes out to you, Werner, Al and Ted. I will always keep in touch with you to make sure you are all okay.

  8. Our most sincere and heartfelt condolensces. This has been a true and sad surprise for us. Our Love and prayers are with the Engel family. May “Baba” rest in peace. Al call me if you need my moral support. I’ll always be here for you.

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