Charlene
Charlene J. Haire, a long time resident of Redondo Beach, CA passed away on November 1st, 2009 in Redondo Beach, CA. Charlene was born in Atkinson, Nebraska, on June 15, 1932 and has resided in the Los Angeles area for the last 73 years. She grew up in and around the Echo Park and Glendale areas. She attended Bishop Conaty High School, and Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. Charlene served The Los Angeles Police Department proudly from 1955 until 1962 as one of the city's earlier "Policewomen". Charlene served the Department during a unique period and gave birth to five children at a time when formal maternity leave did not exist. The female officers had their children on personal time, and then quickly prepared themselves physically and emotionally after each birth to return to the job. Two of Charlene's sons, Jeffrey and Matthew, went on to become Police Officers. Charlene was a member of the L.A.P.D. group called "The Legendary Ladies of the Los Angeles Police Department", and she was able to visit with her former associates at their police academy luncheon in September 2009. After leaving the Police Department to raise her young children, Charlene worked as a court transcript note reader, and, in 1985, she joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as an Administrative Clerk, managing the Torrance Regional Crime Laboratory (within the Torrance Police Department), and, later, the Century Station Regional Crime Laboratory. Charlene had many friends in the Los Angeles and south bay law enforcement communities. She retired in 2005. Charlene enjoyed spending time in her home at the beach, and was a recognizable face on her bicycle on the Esplanade in Redondo Beach. More recently, she enjoyed walking near the ocean with her yellow Labrador, "Lucy", who was her constant companion. Charlene enjoyed mystery novels, travel, and keeping abreast of political news. Charlene was a devout Catholic and a member of St. James Parish in Redondo Beach since 1984. She also spent 22 years as a member of St. John Fisher Parish in Rancho Palos Verdes. Charlene loved her children and her faithful companion "Lucy". She made tremendous sacrifices throughout her life to see her children succeed and was proud of her accomplishment of being a single mother and putting four children through Catholic grade school and the State University system. Charlene was a lifelong Dodger fan, and watched every game on television. Charlene is survived by two daughters, Jenny King, and Michelle Walters, and two sons, Jeffrey Haire, and Matthew Haire, all of whom reside in the south bay. Charlene is also survived by her ex-husband James P. Haire of Rancho Palos Verdes and two grandchildren, Theresa King, of Redondo Beach, and Casandra Keri of Raeford, NC. Charlene also has many nieces and nephews. Charlene is preceded in death by her parents, Marie and Walter "Jerry" Holtzfaster, and by her son Michael Thomas Haire. A Rosary will be held on November 5, 2009, 7:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, and a Catholic funeral mass will be celebrated on November 6, 2009, 10:00 a.m., also at St James Parish. There will be a reception following the mass in the parish hall. Interment will be following the reception at 1:30 p.m. Charlene will be buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello (So. San Gabriel) with her parents. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. Jenny – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Moms are so wonderful and your Mom sounded like a fantastic person just like her daughter – Jenny. Let me know what you need. Love you, Lisha

  2. Jenny and Family, I never met your mother but I heard about her through the stories and memories that you shared with us. I know that you were a good daughter and she was proud of you and your brothers and sisters. My condolences to you, Terry and Sandy at this bitter/sweet time. Love, Harriet

  3. Thank you for sharing Charlene’s story with friends and family. Although I did not know Charlene, I can see the love and joy she brought to the world as evidenced by her daughter Jenny King, my co-worker at the Redondo Beach Library. Love to you all, Heidi

  4. Charlene and I were neighbors for many years. She was always friendly, a great friend, good listener, wonderful gardener with a great spirit and smile. Jeff was always with her as well as Jenny and the other children, keeping her company and taking care of her beloved dog, “Lucy”. I will miss her always. That corner of the neighborhood is not the same without her……My condolences to Jeff, Jenny, Mathew and Michelle…Love, Heather and Brian (another friend and neighbor)

  5. What an extraordinary woman! A beacon and role model for those who call themselves Catholic. I am proud to have the honor of calling her sons friends and classmates. Jeff, Matt, Jenny, and Michelle, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother’s wonderful legacy continues in the lives of you and her grandchildren. My sincerest condolences to all of you at this time! And as someone who grew up with “labs”, I can attest to their loyalty as well. God Bless all of you. Thank you Charlene for making our lives that much more meaningful!

  6. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Charlene was a wonderful woman. I met her when she worked at the Torrance Crime Lab. She was always so friendly and helpful. She always asked about my daughter, giving me advise and she spoke with pride of her own children. She was very special person and she will be missed. Terea-Hermosa Beach P.D.

  7. As my Moms life long friend & confidant, Auntie Char, (anee-shar) brought joy & laughter to my life by stories told of trips to the mtns via Rte 66, Palm Springs & Mexico.Partners in crime. Auntie Char remembered all details of their antics. You could hear my Mom let out a sigh of relief as Auntie Char would paint a perfect “Thelma and Louise” picture of their antics & never gave up any real dirt! They shared alot of laughter & even more tears. They made sure their kids knew each other & shared trips to the mtns. Auntie Char continued visiting Auntie Mare (anee-mare) yearly in Lk Arwhd. She’d come with new stories & gifts for all.Then one day she began telling my daughters stories of Auntie Char & Auntie Mare. Making sure to also tell a few things from my past. My turn to let out a sigh of relief as the story ended with no dirt left behind! She brought JOY to us all. She’ll live on in the hearts of at least 3 generations of my family. We love you Auntie Char! Colleen, Nina & Angela

  8. To Jeff and Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was a very sweet and amazing lady, she did so much in her life spent here on earth. But, When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of wonderful and happy memories in exchange. May those happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. I’ll miss her. With Deepest Sympathy, Veronica Medrano (CCA LAB)

  9. (We are part of the Walter and Kay Callen Clan.) Our sincerest condolences to all of you at this time. We know that Charlene has completed her journey and has returned to the arms of our Heavenly Father. The obituary was awesome. Some of it brought back memories and some added to the family history. Such as the fact that Uncle Jerry’s name was Walter as was Dad’s. After all of these years this is the first time I heard that. Thanks! Your mother truly was amazing. She had a gift to make people laugh and brightened any room she entered. Charlene had a gift of channeling her unleashed energy towards doing good helping others. Of course, as a child/teen, Charlene used her energy, combined with ours, to cause trouble. Those were fun times! Our hearts and prayers go out to each of you and your families. Remember that the greatest tribute you can give to your mom is to continue to live and love life as she did. God bless! Love Kathleen and Steve

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