Hnatt, Caroline (62) Caroline Hnatt of Lomita, California was a 34 year resident of the South Bay. She had recently retired as Assistant Head Nurse of the UCLA Acute Care Pediatric Unit after a 30 year career at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. After retirement she became a regular volunteer at the hospital. Caroline was a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Lomita and also a Eucharistic minister. She was also an active participant for activities sponsored by the Wellness Community. She is remembered by all of her friends as a loving person of quiet demeanor whose life was about caring for others. Caroline was born Aug 11, 1944 in Youngstown, Ohio, a daughter of Paul Hnatt and Anna (Leeson) Hnatt. She passed to her new life with the Lord, July 26, 2007 with her long time companions Kathy Bethel, Jim Ritchie and niece Marylou Farrant by her side. She is survived by her sisters, Ann (Joe) Sweetko of Campbell, Ohio, Irene Hnatt of Washington DC, Julie Conti and Eleanor Hnatt of Boardman, Ohio and a brother George (Geri) Hnatt of Illinois, as well as nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and her extended family in California, the Bethel's and her good friends at UCLA pediatrics and many close friends who felt her caring touch. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Michael Hnatt, and a sister Catherine Vaughan. The Hnatt family wishes to thank all of Caroline's closest friends, Jim Ritchie, and the Kathy Bethel Family for their compassionate care and support during Caroline's battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are through Rice Mortuary, Torrance, California with Funeral Mass to be celebrated at St Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church Chapel, 1900 South Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, California 90277 on August 8, 2007 at 5 PM. A memorial gathering will also be held at UCLA Medical Center on Thursday, August 9 at 10:00 AM on the first floor outside of the volunteer office. For those who need directions, contact Vangie at 310-825-8530. The ashes will be buried at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery in Campbell, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to The Wellness Community in Redondo Beach or to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Caroline always put work and extra effort into making our community a fun and good place to live. She might have been the only one in our complex who could out-grill me at our community barbecue! Her efforts did not stop there as she tended to the community flowers and plants as well. It won’t be the same without her around here!

  2. All of us at The Wellness Community South Bay Cities are saddened by the loss of Caroline. She will be remembered for her honesty, integrity, compassion and knowledge as well as for her gentle and kind nature. We will miss Caroline and will always be grateful to her for her multiple and varied contributions to our community. Rita Aron, Facilitator at The Wellness Community South Bay Cities

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