Montefu, Belia Passed away peacefully at her home in Lake Forest, California on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at the age of 75. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was a 50 year resident of Torrance, California where she worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, Palos Verdes Peninsula branch, for 27 years before retiring in 1997. She enjoyed a lifetime of faith, love and family. Born May 2, 1933 in Manhattan, NY, Belia was one of twelve children born to Francisco and Josefina Fontanez. She graduated from William H. Taft High School in the Bronx, NY. In 1952 she married Geraldo Montefu and they eventually settled in Torrance. They were married for 28 years before she was widowed in 1980. She is survived by four sons, Steve (Valerie) Montefu and Larry (Karen) Montefu, both of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Philip (Elaine) Montefu of Oxnard, CA, and Dana (Cindy) Montefu of Mission Viejo, CA; two daughters, Stephanie (Mark) Hooper of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and Christina (Gregg) Kelsay of Ukiah, CA; and thirteen grandchildren, Jennette (Michael) Green, Jamie (Matt) Gough, Cameron Montefu, Jacob Montefu, Jonathan Montefu, Lindsay Montefu, Sarah Montefu, Devyn Montefu, Connor Kelsay, Charlie Hooper, Daniel Montefu, Katie Hooper and Abby Kelsay. She is also survived by seven brothers, Felix and Samuel of FL, Caleb and Josue of TN, Moises of CA and Daniel of PA. Also Frank (Raquel) Fontanez of Apple Valley, CA, and one sister, Amelia Mora of Carson, CA. Visitation will be held at McCormick Mortuary in Redondo Beach on Friday, October 24, 2008 between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. A service celebrating her life will be held at Coast Christian Fellowship Church on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Interment service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to YWAM - Youth With A Mission (note to donate to Daniel Baumann, Liz and Steve Cochrane, or Greg and Tina Watt), Godwin Ministries (if Don and Sandy's ministry please write a note to that effect), Salvation Army or American Cancer Society.

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  1. Dear Aunt Belle, When I first met you (our family has always been on the East coast), it was during a time of transition and you and Uncle Jerry and the boys (sorry Stephanie and Cristina but this was a while back) made me feel at home, as only family can, when everything else around me was new and strange. I remember one thing we had in common and that was a voracious appetite for the printed word. You expanded my reading world to include science fiction and adventure. It was great. I know you are before the wondrous throne of light, catching up with Esther (my mom), Aunt Martha, Uncle Victor and your folks. My heart is heavy but I rejoice for you as you take flight on wings endowed from heaven above. Love always and forever, Becky and the girls (Missy & Roz) & family

  2. Thank you for being my Auntie – Sharing stories and making me laugh… You will be missed beyond words and I thank god for having you in my life. God bless

  3. There is only one Belia and I was extremely lucky to have her as my Aunt and the memories, laughs and crazy situations involving her kids as we all grew up! God Bless her and thank you lord for her life.

  4. Dear Family, We are saddened at the loss of a great lady who graced our lives with love, kindness, graciousness and lots of laughter. You were so blessed to have a mother and grandmother who possessed such great faith and rested in that knowledge. We know that God is holding her in His arms as we will forever hold her in our hearts. Love to all of you, Ric and Debbie.

  5. I am truly honored and proud that tee tee Belia was my aunt. I cherished her stories and her ability to make us laugh. She was the icon of how family should be and an inspiration to all of us. I love my Aunt and will miss her greatly! God Bless.

  6. Our prayers are with you all during this sad time. Knowing Belle is with her Father in heaven is wonderful. Please know we’ll be thinking of you all during these next difficult days. In Christ,

  7. Larry and Karen – We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. Bob, Susan and Courtney

  8. Steve and Val, It is with great sadness that we read the notice of your mother’s passing. Our love and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. May you take comfort in the assurance and grace that God provides at this time. In Him, Bruce and Donna

  9. You are in our prayers. May the Lord bless you and keep you as you walk through this time of great loss. We loved Belia. We loved her love for the Lord, her zest for life, her love of family. We will miss her greatly. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

  10. I feel honored to have known Belia, to have had so many occasions to discuss God, faith, and family with her and to have been so welcomed by her. Her support of my family was invaluable. I truly loved her and the world is a better place for having had her be a part of it.

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of your loss of your wonderful mother Belia. We know that she was deeply loved by each and every one of her wonderful family and friends. We know that she has gone home to be with our Lord and is now at peace and out of pain and suffering. She will be missed dearly by each and everyone of us that had the wonderful pleasure of knowing her. She now sits at the foot of our Lord, with all her dear family and friends that went before her. Belia, we love you! All are blessings to you and your family. We are making a donation to the American Cancer Society, in your name Belia Montefu. Go in Peace! All our love, Marcia and Wayne Kelsay

  12. I remember Aunt Belia opening up her home in 1990 and allowing me to live with her for a time. She treated me the way family should. I will miss her. I am happy to have hope I will see her again for she is in the presence of our Lord God, seeing Jesus face to face.

  13. To The Montefu Family; May God Comfort You, on The Loss of Your Mom. Aunt Belle is in Heaven, Now, with Jesus & My Mom Esther & All The Loved Ones, Who went on before. 1Thessalonians 4:13-18. May this bring You; Peace, Joy & Solace…Love, Your Cousin, Laura & All Our Family

  14. Dear Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, I know that Aunt Belle has been received with open arms. Love, Alex-Ester’s oldest grandson.

  15. Reid and I wanted to express our love for your family. We are very sadden at the loss of your wonderful mom, and want you to know that our prayers are with you. Your family holds a very special place in our hearts, and we think of you often. Love, always, Reid and DeeAnn Hansen

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