Cecilia Venegas, a long-time Torrance resident entered into eternal life on Friday, February 3, 2012. She was 70. A devout Catholic, Cecilia was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Parish, Redondo Beach. Children at Our Lady of Grace School, Encino, St. Jerome School, Los Angeles and St. James School, Torrance were blessed to call her their teacher. After a long teaching career, Cecilia began a second career. She worked as an administrative assistant in customer relations for Nikon for the past 22 years - a job she loved. Cecilia was happiest when she was with family and friends. And she was blessed with a large, loving family to whom she was devoted. Cecilia is survived by her mother, Laura; her sisters Maria (Vincent) Maniaci of Sherman Oaks and Ana (Billy) Webb of Northridge and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Manuel. A Rosary Vigil will be offered for Cecilia at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 pm; and the funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Lawrence at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 9. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Trinity Hospice Care.

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  1. Cecilia was my friend and my co worker for 22 years at Nikon. I will miss her a lot. I would give her old foreign language movies to watch. The last thing I did for her was making her a Christmas CD of various artists which she liked a lot.

  2. Miss Venegas was a strong, beautiful and intelligent woman I’ve had the honor of knowing for many years. Referring to her right now in the past tense is so difficult. Only a few months ago she was working in the office and always making her way around with her typical strong pace and thoroughness. She was always working hard. I noticed Miss Venegas’ driving style resembled her work style which always made me grin. Not only was Miss Venegas my co-worker of 21 years but she was also my 5th grade teacher at St. James in Redondo Beach. A quick memory of her as my school teacher was her ability to quiet down the class by telling us the horns in her head would start to appear if we didn’t settle down. She was a great – great teacher and earned my respect for a lifetime. I would always call her Miss Venegas rather than by her first name, it just didn’t seem respectful enough being she was my teacher. I think she grew accustomed to that after 21 years in the office. Thank you Miss Venegas, for being there for me during my tough summer months last year and keeping me in your prayers. When I asked her to pray for my petition, she replied she would pray that God will respond by what he thinks is best for me. I knew how I wanted my prayer to be answered but she made me realize God may have other plans even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear at that moment. I miss you and love you. I believe we all have a beautiful angel in Cecilia now.

  3. Cecilia, You we’re definitely an “Earthly Angel”!! You were always smiling and only had kind words for everyone you encountered!!! I’m still using your recipes for spinach dip, Tunafish stuffed jalapeño peppers, etc … You will be truly missed and I’m blessed to have worked with you for 18 years!! Sweet dreams!!!

  4. I have known Cecilia since 1959 and, though we lost touch for many years, was happy to meet her again a few years ago. I will always remember her deep-dimpled smile and her beautiful rendition of “Mary’s Boy-Child” which brought her to my mind every Christmas over the years we were separated.

  5. I was fortunate to get to know Cecilia during the years of our novitiate training and always knew her to be such a caring and sensitive person. Surely she has a special place where the meek and kind are welcomed and rewarded.

  6. i was so sorry to hear about cecilia venegas as she and i were very close when we were postulants. we always seemed to draw kitchen duty together! since i received your news she has been in my prayers and i know she will bring joy to those in heaven as she did here below. after all the years i’m so glad i had the opportunity to see her once again at the reunion. with much love….lita

  7. I had the pleasure knowing and working with Cecilia the past 14yrs and within the past 2 1/2 years we worked side by side. She was a good teacher who showed me how to perform some of her tasks when she needed to take some time off. She would sit with me and made sure I knew what I was doing before she said I passed the test ( just like a teacher). Cecilia was a kind hearted person, hardworking, creative, and when it came to baking a good coconut and chocolate cake, it was Cecilia who could top us all. Her favorite color was Red; she loved her Hydrangea plants and she loved her hot dogs from Costco and McDonalds. She was my buddy and my friend and I will miss her very much. May you rest in peace.

  8. Please know the Venegas family is in my thoughts and prayers. I knew Cecila from her time with the CSJs. She was a loving and warm-hearted person. May God send you, her family, the grace of peace and hope and to Cecilia, eternal rest. Sincerely, Nancy

  9. I had the pleasure of spending a full week being greeted by Cecilia and her wonderful sense of humor while visiting the LA offices of Nikon. I will remember her for her willingness to always lend a helping hand and the warmest of smiles. My prayers go out to the Venegas family.

  10. Hi Cecilia, It’s been many years since I left Nikon. I remember you so very well and how sweet and your warm heart shared with us. Your kind soft nature was so appealing that people are drawn to you like a sponge in water. We’ve learned to calm our inner self and to be a better person and to help others. You will never be forgotten and that you have made us all a better person! I know you will watch over all us, but we will all be ok. Thank you for your kindness you have given me! Dean

  11. Dear Laura, Maria, Ana and family, You are very much a part of my thoughts and prayers these days. I can only imagine the loss you must be feeling. I was in Cecila’s reception in the convent and loved her dearly. I am so grateful that she and I had a good visit at our reception golden jubilee celebration, and we shared lots of “fun” memories! She was such a SPECIAL person–and I knew her in a limited way! Even more I send my love and support to you who were such an intimate part of her life. I know these days, weeks, months, years…are going to be dificult for you. You will continue to have a special place in my prayers. Sincerely, Judy

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