Catherine "Connie" Kerekesh, 82, passed away on Tuesday, March 13 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Born on March 22, 1925. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, William, her two children, Karen Beebe of Redondo Beach, CA and Keith Withey of Old Bridge, NJ, and 3 loving grandchildren, Krista and Brett Beebe and Thomas Withey. She relocated to the South Bay area from New Jersey in 1979, and was an employee of Hughes Aircraft for 45 years, retiring in 1995. "Connie" was an avid scrapbooker who enjoyed creating special memories for her family and friends and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 21st, at 10AM at American Martyrs Church, 624 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in her name to John Wayne Breast Cancer Institute, 2200 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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  1. Connie meant so much to me. I first met her when I went to work at Hughes Aircraft in 1971. She was always so kind and loving to me. We remained friends all of these years. She will so missed by me. My deepest condolences go to Bill, Karen, grandchildren and the rest of the family. May God Bless her kind soul and may the angels welcome her into paradise.

  2. After 38 years of your love and companionship it was over so quick. I did not even have time to tell you how much I loved you. You are in a better place. You will always be in my heart. Love BILL

  3. I met Connie and Bill 13 years ago when Connie and I first learned how to scrapbook. We’ve had so much fun together during that time. I already miss the twinkle in Connie’s eyes and her little giggle and her youthful energy. No one else has mentioned this, but Connie had a little mischievous side to her (all in fun, of course!) and I’ll miss that too. I moved to OR a year or so ago and I’ve talked to Connie and Bill quite often. Those chats always cheered me up. I feel like I’ve lost a family member myself. My heart goes out to Bill, Keith and his family, and Karen and her family. Herb and I love you, Connie!

  4. Connie was my very dear friend. After meeting 13 years ago at a scrapbook class, there were a group of us who became good friends and met every week at each other’s house to scrapbook. I have so many fond memories of all those times spent together. After we moved to Arizona 7 years ago, Connie was the first person I called the first night in our new house. Over these past 7 years, we have stayed in touch via e-mail, phone calls and many visits. We were honored to have her stay with us when Brett was playing in tournaments here. She loved the desert and was so happy for us. I miss her so very much, but I do have those precious memories to sustain me. Our sincere sympthay goes out to Bill, Karen, Keith and all your families. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. To know a person like Aunt Connie was a true gift. She was kind, thoughtful, beautiful inside and out and she always brought a smile with her. When I describe Aunt Connie to people I tell them that if we all could be 1/4 the person she was it would be a beautiful world. Thank you Aunt Connie for all your love over the years. You will truly be missed. Love, Your Niece Marci

  6. Bill, Karen,Keith and Families, We were all so very Blessed to have Our time with Connie. I also, as you know, met Connie at that Scrapbook class, and became one of The Torrance Groupies. I have always felt the Love that Connie had for me and everyone else and She TRULY NEVER MET A STRANGER. I know if God had given her more time this World wold have been a better place for all who met her. I am still in shock as to how fast life turns, and look towards the time we can meet again in the Better Place. All my Love and Hugs to all of you and keep us in your thoughts as you all will be in mine. Love Pam O’Brien Torrance Groupie Georgetown, Texas

  7. As all of us, I feel truly blessed to have Aunt Connie as part of my family. She had a beautiful, kind generous heart and an infectious smile I will always remember. I will miss you. Love Always, Your Niece Lynda

  8. Aunt Connie was my godmother, she was always nice to me and my family when we would visit. I remember the suprise party we planned for her. It was fun and she would always show me her scrap books. She taught me some tips and I will miss you, everyone will. Love, Sarah Marcy P.S. You will always be in my heart!

  9. Connie and I had one very favorite item in common and that was our love for dogs. We enjoyed doing the doggy park, meeting other dogs and owners. We shared stories about our dogs attached with a lot of laughter. She was a beautiful, soft spoken, positive,creative woman who enjoyed life. She told me about her love for her family which was beautiful. She and Bill enjoyed going to church with me followed by a nice dinner out somewhere. I have been blessed by having them both as friends.

  10. My heartfelt sympathy to Bill and the family. Connie was a lovely lady and was always “upbeat” and a joy to know. I will miss her smile. Midge

  11. Aunt Connie, I have some many things to remember you by but the thing I think I will miss the most is just our general coversations when we would see one another. They didn’t have to be about anything and it would turn into a priceless memory.You were amazing and I will always miss you.Rest in peace Aunt Connie. And may angels lead you in.

  12. Aunt Connie, You were my best greataunt in the whole wide world. I will always remember you when I look at the special blanket and pillow you made me when I was born. You are very special and I am sad you are gone. I’ll miss you

  13. I know life is short but in Connie’s case much to short. She was always the best friend, the best hostess and the best of the best. Connie, I’ll miss you. Steve Marcy

  14. Dear Bill and family, I am deeply saddened hearing about Connie’s passing. She was truly a wonderful woman, and a lady in every respect. Connie’s intellect, character, wit and warmth were a unmatchable package that made her such a great person to work with. And I know she shared those same attributes as a wife, mother and grandmother. My thoughts and best wishes are with you. Sincerely, Pierce Smith

  15. Connie,you will be sorely missed. We all loved you so much. You kept in touch with all of us.If I needed a update on any one in our large family, all I had to do was call you.You and Bill never a bad word about anyone.If I did and I did, you were very quick to show me where I was wrong.No one and I mean no one can take your place.Rest in peacewith God.

  16. Connie was my amazing grandmother (granny). i remember her always being at my plays, sports games, birthdays, special events, 8th grade graduation, and much much more. i will miss her soo much. i remember visiting her almost every weekend and scrapping with her and her friends. i will miss that soo much. but of course i will still visit my grandpa (pop-pop). you will always be in my heart. i love you soo much, krista

  17. Connie’s smile will be truly missed. She had the ability to make everyone feel welcomed and loved. Connie was the ultimate hostess never leaving anyone left out and making every one feel like family. We all loved you very much and will miss you.

  18. Connie, I will miss seeing you I just wished you had come back to Bingo on Wednesday Nights. We always had some laughs with each other. You were such a nice person to be around. You will surely be missed. Love Eunice Wise Sp316

  19. To my dear sister Connie, Words could never express the importance you had in my life. I will always treasure the laughter, the love, the travels, the confidences we shared. I look back and remember the special hours we shared scrapbooking and building memories for our grandchildren. Mine were as special to you, as yours are to me. You shared your life, and I am so grateful to have been a part of that. I will watch over Karen, for you, though that isn’t a task. She’s a unique treasure. Your smile will always be a part of my memory, and I promise to smile when I think of you. I love you.

  20. Aunt Connie, was my god mother. It stinks, that she had to leave so suddenly. With her scrapbooking skills, her and Grandma taught me how to scrapbook. It was lots of fun having Aunt Connie coming to the Bass Lake trips. Aunt Connie was the best god mother ever, I will truely miss her. William

  21. My Dear Aunt Connie, How do I ever begin to thank you for all the special treasures you brought into my life. When you and Uncle Bill got married, you included all of the Kerekesh cousins in the wedding. Despite our young ages, you made sure we felt very much a part of that special day. That was your way. There isn’t a time I can remember when you and Uncle Bill weren’t there for a special event. Whether it was California, Williamsburg, VA, North Carolina, or New Jersey, you both always made sure to be there for the special events of my life, and the lives of my children. Your love of family is inspirational, and we were blessed you were part of ours. I will always cherish our hours together scrapbooking and sharing memories. Your teaching me to sew, to knit. You were always giving of your time and talents. I will miss you terribly, but am so thankful I have my cousin Karen. She is so much like you with all your special traits. Please know the sense of family you instilled in us will continue, and whenever I feel the warmth of the sun upon my shoulder, I will know you are smiling down on me.

  22. Aunt Connie, your spirit will continue to bless the universe and beyond………. You are my children’s godmother and great aunt. You are a blessing. My children have adored you in more ways than one. They will miss you dearly. You were so much like my own mother in your mannerisms. It is the Southern influence in your background. We will miss you dearly and my children will remember you always. Love, Judi Marcy

  23. Dear Aunt Connie, As I reflect on our relationship for the last 40 years, I’m aware that you have taught me the true meaning of what is a family. A family is described as a group of people with common ancestry, but your love and beliefs transcended this simple description. An early memory for me of what a family means was attending your own wedding to Uncle Bill in 1969 or so. The Kerekesh family gathered in New Jersey in grand fashion to celebrate your marriage. At the age of 10, I got to meet and know relatives that I never knew existed. A few decades later, as I raised my own family you were there to witness my own children’s baptism as you gave your blessing to my children as their godmother. In 2004, once again our families gathered at Bass Lake to celebrate the mountains and our families being together again. These memories I will cherish forever and I wish to thank you for your love and beliefs of what is to be a member of a family.

  24. Dear Aunt Connie, I can’t believe this is all happening, but I know your in a good place. I’ll I can think in my head is how something can happen to such a wonderful person. I will always remember you for the love and care you showed everyone, the talent that you had in creating one of a kind scrapbooks, and most of all your genuine heart. You were an amazing woman and I will never know anyone who was as kind as you. You had a special talent of making anyone feel welcome into your home and would do anything in the world for them. People like you don’t come around often and you will truly be missed. You have touched so many hearts throughout your life and we are all so blessed to have had you apart of our lives. Your love and spirit will always be remembered and cherished. Love always and forever, Ashley

  25. Aunt Connie was a special lady. THe most vivid memory i have of her was when i was baptised. She was there for me and in becoming my godmother, i always remembered her since then. Also, the Bass Lake trips were memorable. I never will forget her, she was always so special to me and my family.

  26. Aunt Connie, I will miss your wonderful smile. I will miss your special laugh. I will miss your generous spirit. You were the true definition of “special”!!! I will always treasure the beautiful scrapbook pages you lovingly created for Katie and Chase.You were one-of-a-kind and I feel blessed to have known you. Heaven is getting a great lady, but we will miss you here on earth.

  27. I will always think of Connie with fond memories. She was a wonderful, generous and loving person with a great sense of humor. You have my heartfelt sympathing; but remember, nothing can ever take away the special times you shared with Connie and the special memories each of you have of Connie. Sincere Sympathy, Dorothy Presley

  28. Dear Bill, Karen and Keith and their families, I don’t think I have to tell you what a dear and wonderful friend Connie has been to me. She was a true lady and her little southern accent added to her graciousness, youthfulness and charm. Scrapbooking Tuesdays will never be the same. I will miss her terribly! Someone, once told me, that we are not gone, but alive in the hearts of those who love us. I believe this to be true. I feel very blessed to have visited with her just before her passing. I will keep that moment in my heart forever. Love, Ruth

  29. Connie was one of those people who come into your life and you feel blessed to know them. So kind, so happy, so beautiful inside and out. Our Tuesday group will not be the same without her. She’ll be in my heart and memories always. With Love and Sympathy, Marie

  30. My memories of Connie will always be what a sweet lady she was. Always had something nice to say about everyone, and boy did she love to scrap. She will be missed, but I know she is with our Heavenly Father watching over all of us, until we can be in Scrapping Heaven with her.

  31. I will miss Connie’s beautiful smile, her thoughtfulness, her caring and her wonderful sweet and calming voice. Connie was the epitome of a mild mannered gentlewoman with sophistication, love and warmth oozing from her heart. Her kindness and goodness will be remembered with loving thoughts and memories.

  32. To all of Connie’s family — I am so saddened at Connie’s passing. She was one of the nicest people I have ever met. We will miss her terribly on Tuesdays, our scrapbook day. She loved her family so deeply and was so proud of her grandchildren and children. She was doing those scrapbooks with such love. It won’t be the same at Scrapbook Depot without her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  33. Heartfelt sympathies to Bill and the families…..Connie was such a wonderful, kind soul. She brought great joy to my heart. I loved sharing faith with her too..something we both knew was such a good thing. I am so thankful our paths crossed at the Scrapbook store. I will miss hearing her talk about her grandkids and her own children. I will miss admiring all her wonderful books that she so lovingly assembled. She loved you all so very much.She was a true friend and I thank God for being able to have her in my life these past 8 years. I will miss her so much….her memory will live on in my heart forever. She is in heaven now, with our Lord…a much better place indeed…smiling down on us. She is just going to be missed so much. Love, Raenell

  34. Connie-What is there to say..So many memories, your devotion to our family, your kindness, never mad, always a smile. I will miss you and forever hold you in my heart. God Bless

  35. My Aunt Connie was a warm light that shined on our entire family and everyone who knew her. I’ll remember Connie best for her grace and her humor. She was gifted with an abundance of both. Bless you on your journey; this world will miss someone as wonderful as you.

  36. Connie, I will always remember your sweetness and grace and you became a friend when I sold you your place. I know your in heaven with the angels all looking as you show them all how to do scrapbooking!

  37. Just had to say that the video is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. What a great remembrance and perfect choice of music for an unforgettable lady. Thank you for sharing.

  38. I was so saddened to hear of Connie’s passing. I was her roommate at the Pavillions while she recoved from her fall and knee surgery. Bill, you brought in one of her hugh scrapbooks for me to see. Now she has me hooked doing scrapbooking. I wish you all peace and happiness in her memories.

  39. Aunt Connie,she had this way about her she made everyone feel so special, it’s just because she was so very,very special.We’ll all miss you and keep you in our hearts.

  40. My sincere condolences. Connie was such an influence in my life. She did everything to perfection and if you were fortunate enough to be in her circle of friends and family, she gave 200% and you were the recepient of an abundance of love and support. I will never forget her smile and all the things she taught me about shoes and purses!! Seriously, even though I repeatedly insisted that I did not need anyone to be with me, she ignored my protest and stood by me during my surgery — what a welcome, calming face to see when I woke up from surgery. Connie even told me I looked great after my surgery. The world was a better place with Catherine (Connie) Kerekesh. She will be missed by so very many people. She touched so many. Cher

  41. My dearest Connie, I will miss you so very much. You were the kindest,sweetest,most loving friend anyone could hope to have.You came into my life as neighbors on Robinson. You and Bill became like part of the family. You were always there for me like a sister and bill always had kind words for us all. I remember Brett being born and the sparkle in your eyes and the love in your voice as you spoke of your love of him and then krista, I got to see you play with them and love them as you did with my grandchildren. Oh Connie the yrs go by so quickly and I will surely miss you my friend. My love to Bill,Karen and the grandchildren. You will all be close in my heart. Love and Blessings, Susan

  42. Dear Uncle Bill and Karen, I was so saddened to hear of Aunt Connie’s passing. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I remember how happy she was to learn that I had moved to Georgia! And to share with her the details of my new life in her home state. Aunt Connie had a gift of making everyone feel loved and special. We will miss her so much, Heaven has another angel.

  43. Dear Aunt Connie, you are greatly missed by me and all who knew you. Everyone that has crossed your path has had something to learn from you. You touched all of our hearts with your beauty of kindness, love, and generosity. You are so talented I loved sharing our artistic ideas together and learning so much from your creativity. Memories of you will never be forgotten, and I love you.

  44. My sincerest condolences in the loss of your loved one. Although I did not know Connie well, she was one of the sweetest and most gracious people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She will be greatly missed, but the wonderful memories of her life will sustain you in the years to come. Kow that she is with you always.

  45. my deepest sympathy to Bill,Karen,Bill,Brett and Krista. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DIFFERENCE ONE SINGLE LIFE MADE.I am sure everyone that knew her fells that way.She was the most loving,caing and warm person. Her laugh and smile could make your your day. I met Connie four years ago and where else but, a scrapbook store. She made such beautiful pages for her books, I will miss our two or three evenings each week on the phone.. She took me to one of Kristas volleyball games and Bretts hockey games. Those two were the light of her life. I have so maany memories that will be im heart for ever.Connie my friend THANKS for those memories. Find us a scrapbook store up there and some day we will see you here. Karen

  46. There are some people that you meet in life that leave an everlasting impression on you! That statement dear lady sums up your effect on this man, and your warmth and kindness will remain with me throughout the remainder of my life! For the last fifteen years I will remember our Christmas get togethers where we remembered the good times at Hughes Aircraft Company. It was a joy to have known this fellow Garden State resident. May nothing but peace and joy follow you throught eternity! Mike Jordan

  47. Dear Bill and family – Please know our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We both have many fond memories of Connie. Me (Darleen) particularly, since we worked so many years together at HAC. One of the many pleasures was often going to lunch with Connie, Lee and Nyla. We had such good visits and fun times. She will always be remembered by us as a warm and wonderful friend.

  48. Ken and I just returned from Mexico and got the news of Connie’s death. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to her family and especially to her husband, Bill. Marilyn and Ken Rocky

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