May 2, 1933 ~ October 19, 2008
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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