Vierzba, Caroline Rose, a 26 year resident of the Rancho Palos Verdes, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2012. Born in Freeport, Minnesota, Caroline was 67 when she died. She was a member of St. John Fisher Catholic Church, the Kaiser Permanente Harbor City Member Advisory Board, and served as the Registrar at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School for the past 17 years. Her goal was to ensure that every child felt welcomed to the school and to assist families of new students in their transition to a new school system. Previously she supported the Peninsula Education Foundation and several units of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Parent and Teacher Association where she served as treasurer. Caroline was educated in New Munich, Minnesota, and graduated from nearby Melrose High School. Following vocational education, she worked in banking, a law office, and the Anoka County vital records office. Following her marriage to Edmund Vierzba she moved east to Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she was employed by the Hewlett Packard Company in their North East Operations Office until her first child was born in 1977, beginning many years of volunteer work in support of education. Moving to Rancho Palos Verdes in 1986, she continued her volunteer work at various schools within the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. Caroline is survived by her husband of 39 years, Edmund Vierzba of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; son, David Jade and daughter-in-law Sara of Bellevue, WA; son, Jason Vierzba of Harbor City, CA; daughter, Nicole Vierzba of San Pedro, CA; two brothers, Thomas of Chicago, Il, and Frederick of Freeport, MN; and two sisters, Ruth Castle of Anoka, MN, and Joyce Van Heel of St. Cloud, MN. Caroline was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Veronica Viere; and brothers, Leo Jr. and Victor Viere. Caroline's funeral service will be held at St. John Fisher Catholic Church on Saturday September 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the City of Hope ( or The Cancer Support Community-Redondo Beach (

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  1. I met Caroline 5 years ago when I first moved to Rancho Palos Verdes and was registering my son at school. She immediately took us, as a family, into her care with her warm personality and deep and abiding concern. She will be missed by us as she was a truly giving and loving woman. Our sincerest condolences to her family.

  2. Our Deep Sympathy and Prayers to the whole family… Ms. Vierzba is truly an angel especially for new families in the school community, always there to guide…Thank You! We’ll Miss You! From: James Fitzgerald Flores and Family

  3. It is with great sadness to read that Caroline had passed. As a parent with their 2nd child at PEN, Caroline was one of PENs shinning stars. We loved her, we loved working with her, we loved her helpfulness and attitude. Everything Mitzi said was true. Caroline was a gem. She will be sorely missed. With much sadness Jan Springer & Jim Graves

  4. I’ve met Mrs. Vierzba, two years ago. My son, Christian was entering a public school for the first time, knowing Mrs. Vierzba, made his transition very easy.She has made us so welcome. She has had a great patience with us, new parents, and with such an ease, helped us. We even talked about a trip to Europe, and great possibilities that my son will have at Pen. She will be greatly missed, and in my heart forever. Our deepest condolences to her family. Simac family

  5. i’m a new student this year in Pen High and Mrs.Vierzba is the one who helped me registered for the school, she is a nice registrar and she helped me a lot. i’m very sad to hear that she has passed away, but i know that we will never forget her.She is the strongest woman I’ve ever known.We will miss you Mrs.Vierzba, have a safe trip.

  6. Dear Ed and Family, I join you all and feel the great loss of such an inspirational fighter. Despite the battles Caroline fought over the past several years, she always communicated a sense of optimism and joy for life. I would like to share the following Irish poem with you all because I think it paints such a great picture of Caroline. Remembered Joy Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free!I follow the plan God laid for me. I saw His face, I heard His call, I took His hand and left it all… I could not stay another day, To love, to laugh, to work or play; Tasks left undone must stay that way. And if my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss… Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss. My life’s been full, I’ve savoured much: Good times, good friends, a loved-one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief — Don’t shorten yours with undue grief. Be not burdened with tears of sorrow, Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.

  7. Caroline was so warm n helpful to me when i needed help registering my first child at Pen Hi last month. She was a picture of health with her perfect hair and complexion! I was very surprised and extremely sad to read about Caroline’s passing. A huge loss in our school and community. Even with just one meeting, Caroline left a big beautiful impression and memory to me. My sincerest condolences to the Vierzba family .

  8. Ed, Dave, Jason & Nicole – Our deepest condolences on the loss of Caroline. She was a remarkably positive woman, filled with God’s Grace as she lived the journey facing extraordinary challenges. We will always remember her as a kind and loving person. Sincerely, John & Stephanie Soth

  9. I’m happy to have known such a kind and gracious person. My most sincere condolences to the family. Roland Cesarini

  10. I met Caroline early this year as part of our registration process at Peninsula High, but immediately, simply through the warmth of her voice on the phone, felt like part of a wonderful family. Even dropping off paperwork was remarkable, as the love and consideration she simply radiated as part of her being was returned by the many coworkers who passed her desk and took time to reach out and enjoy a smile or a word. The last time I had the pleasure of speaking with Caroline was August 10 at 7:25a.m., standing in the hot sun while my ninth grader chose his locker. She had just opened up the office and could have been inside where it was cool, but seemed to not notice the heat as she chose to continue her work of making every family feel included, radiating her own light and calm, steady joy. I don’t think I will ever forget this special, special lady, though I only met her a few times. Well done, Caroline…rest in peace, dear child.

  11. It is hard to think of a time when Caroline was not part of my life. During my years at Peninsula, she was there to guide me, listen to me, and hold me up. I am sad that new teachers coming to Peninsula will not have that same loving support. The world really was a better place because of you, Caroline, and I am honored to be counted among your friends. Love and prayers to you family and friends.

  12. I am so glad that I got to see Aunt Caroline last year and again this year. It had been so long since I had saw her and I am so glad Mike go to meet her. I am so sorry we couldn’t be there for you all. Keep her memory alive…I know I will. Hugs from Minnesota to you all. Love Staci

  13. You were a wonderful mother, wife, role model to your children, community leader amongst other things. You will be missed.

  14. Caroline was so well loved by everyone who knew her. Our lives were blessed simply by her pressence. She will be so missed but it is a joy to know that she is with the Lord and that we have a new angel to watch over us. Much love to the family….your wife and mom was just one of the best people I ever knew.

  15. My sincere sympathy to Caroline’s beloved family. I’ve known Caroline as a supportive & engaged parent, as a volunteer at PVIS and as a colleague while she was registrar at PVHS. She was a shining light bringing warmth and humor to any setting. She will be missed by many.

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