Yapelli, Betty Ann, a 45 year resident of Lawndale , passed away on Friday, January 22, 2010 in Torrance . Born in Clarkson , Nebraska , Betty was 78 when she died. Betty was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church of Torrance, CA. Betty is survived by her son, Peter (Lisa) Yapelli of Lawndale, CA; son, Phil (Michelle) Yapelli of Torrance, CA; son, Mark Yapelli of Torrance, CA; daughter, Anne Yapelli of Lawndale, CA; sister, Marie Brazda of Skyler, NE; brother, Joe (Slava) Kalisek of Twin Falls, ID; sister, Magdeline Vose of La Crescenta, CA; and 3 grandchildren: Megan, Justin, and Logan Yapelli. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Matilda Kalisek; and her husband of 43 years, Peter, who passed away in August, 2009. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Thursday January 28, 2010 from 6 to 10pm with a Vigil beginning at 7:15pm. Mass will be held Friday January 29th at 10a.m. at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Torrance at 10am. A reception will be held in the church annex immediately following the service for family & friends. Interment will be private at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Torrance Memorial Healthcare Foundation, 3330 Lomita Blvd Torrance CA 90505, in memory of Betty Yapelli.

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  1. Dear Mom, You were a nurturing, caring, inspiring & amazing woman. You overcame obstacles in your life since you were 2 yrs old & fought all the way to the bitter end. In a house full of boys, sometimes you were the only one who understood me. You taught us to have good morals & values in life. You always put everyone else first. You saved us kids numerous times… You were committed to your husband, children, your faith & to your health as an 8 yr dialysis patient. I know you did your best in the end. We almost lost you once before & you pulled through. Everyday was a gift the last week you were here. Your spirits were high & you were back to your old self. We knew you were tired & your body shut down, perhaps you also suffered from a broken heart. But now you are an angel in heaven…free of suffering, pain & anguish. Just like our trip to Disneyland. I cannot be so selfish in wanting you here back on earth for God will have new plans & endeavors for myself & the family. No one will ever be able to take away our memories of you, as we will always cherish. I miss you tremendously…and a piece of my own heart is broken. I did my best as your daughter, I have no regrets & hold a clear conscience. I dearly love you. May you be with Dad and find peace. Eternally Yours, Anne

  2. pete to you and your family im very sorry for your lose my prayers go out to you and your family jeff lamontagne

  3. To The Yapelli Family, Our prayers are with you in the time of sorrow. Veronica and David Schneider

  4. Dear Ann, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Although we have not spoken in a while, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. Your friend, Jacqui Arensberg

  5. To the Yapelli Family: I was so saddened to learn of Betty’s death last weekend.She was such a lovely lady and I will miss our talks after Mass on Sunday mornings. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rose Rinaldi

  6. To the Yapelli Family, I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. We will miss her at Mass on Sundays. God grant her eternal rest.

  7. Our thoughts go out to you and your family. She had a tough life with all the dialysis. Now she is able to be with Peter again. the Lange Family

  8. Dear Cousins, So sorry to hear of the loss of your precious Mother, I will always will remember her as a very kind, postive, loving Aunt. Our prayers are with you all. God Bless you and may you always see Gods hand in this world. Love, Cousin Faye, David and Sophia

  9. Dear Cousins, Dixie and I were very sad to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a very sweet and loving person and we will miss her. I know she’s in Heaven with Mom and Dad and Uncle Pete. Our condolences go out to you and your family. Love, Bob and Dixie

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