Catherine "Cathy" Adell Ricards, a 20 year resident of the South Bay and Santa Barbara, passed quietly away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Little Company of Mary in Torrance at the age of 59. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Cathy where she, in turn, raised her son, Adam. She moved to Redondo Beach in the early 80's to work with her mother in their marine fabrication and canvas business, The Boatique, eventually taking over the business when her mother retired. She lived on her boat with longtime companion, Stefan McDonald, for over ten years in King Harbor-she loved the ocean and boating and was known by many in the harbor area. She was a popular singer often entertaining crowds of fans in the restaurants on the International Boardwalk in Redondo and elsewhere in the South Bay. In 2002, they moved to Santa Barbara to be close to her sister and mother. In 2009, they returned to Torrance to care take Stefan's mother. Cathy's love was music. She had been collecting, organizing and posting on Facebook the history of her mother's incredible career as a Dixieland, Jazz and Blues singer and pianist. She also promoted her son's engaging music as a solo artist and as a member of the Underground Cows which included Cathy singing backup vocals and playing guitar. Cathy had numerous longtime friends, many who credit Cathy with changing their life, even saving their life with her personable and direct advice and big, caring heart. Her pride and joy in life was her grand-daughter, Jazzlyn and her two grandsons, Michael and Logan. Cathy will be missed by so many. Catherine is survived by her son, Adam Ricards, his wife Adrian and their daughter Jazzlyn of South Lake Tahoe, NV, and Adam's sons Michael and Logan of San Diego, CA ; also her sister, Gaile Baratto of Santa Barbara, CA; and long-time companion Steve McDonald of Torrance, CA. And, her beloved cat, Yakko. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Pearl Rose Wohlgemuth Schmedding. An open house celebration of Cathy's life will be held on Saturday, May 4th between 1 pm and 5 pm at the McDonald residence in Torrance, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local cat rescue program.

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  1. Dearest Sis, you ARE greatly missed! GOD has you wrapped in his arms, within HIS light, absolutely no longer in pain. I’m so happy you were ‘so greatly cared for’ at the MacDonalds and at Little Company of Mary.
    I know that you are watching over ‘all of your dear wonderful friends and family. And, as you’ve always told me, “Don’t worry sis, I’ve got your back”! Each night I thank GOD for having had you in my life. I will always LOVE you!
    xxxooo your only sister, Gaile Baratto 4-11-2013

  2. My condolences to the family of Catherine Ricards. As your hearts are full of grief and pain, I hope that your family will draw comfort from the promise from God found in John 5:28, 29. Here we are assured that soon our loved ones will be resurrected back to life. May God prove to be your true source for strength and hope during this most difficult time. For more information on the hope for those we have lost in death go to

  3. When the enemy death strikes your grief can be great. Its never the right time to say goodbye to a loved one. Death to many seems to be a part of life. It’s during times such as these that we can find comfort in the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9, 10 €˜Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth’. Only God€™s Kingdom can bring peace, happiness, perfect health, and everlasting life. We can be there to see them enjoy these and other promises made for ‘the meek ones who will possess the earth…’ Psalm 37:11.

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  4. My deepest condolences to Gaile, Cathy’s family, and Cathy’s very special friend Stephan.

    Sincerely, Keith Schmedding and family

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