June 15, 1932 ~ November 1, 2009
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.
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