Fallek, Claudia Yvonne, a 60 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2007 in Harbor City. Born in Torrance, CA, Claudia managed to squeeze in 100 years of living in her 67 years of life. Claudia was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party, although lately she thought they were a bit spineless. Claudia worked for 40 years in the medical field as an Office Manager for both Medical and Chiropractic Offices. She most recently worked in Retail as a Cashier for Tuesday Morning. In all of her working years she rarely missed a day of work. Claudia had a passion for enjoying life and making the best out of every situation. She enjoyed helping others with her Nikken Magnetic products. Claudia loved her Wire Fox Terriers, fishing, camping, vacations, celebrating, movies, reading, tanning and partying. She especially enjoyed going to the River and her Tuesday night dinners with friends. She also dabbled in match-making. Claudia loved sports and was a formidable opponent on the ping pong table. She couldn't wait for football season to begin. Her favorite team was any team her children or grandchildren favored. She loved watching her grandsons play hockey. She is survived by Daughter, Terri (Gary) Bain of Redondo Beach, CA; Daughter, Marilou Hayes of Harbor City, CA; Son, Chip (Mary) Fallek of Gilbert, AZ; Brother, John (Roberta) Rhind of Torrance, CA; Granddaughter, Stacey Hayes, Grandson, Chris Bain, Grandson, Michael Hayes, Grandson, Jeff Bain, Grandson, Cole Fallek, Granddaughter, Katie Hayes; Step Granddaughters, Staci Wickstrom, Kerri Francis, Lindsay Packer; and 7 Great Grandchildren. Jeff (Ernestina) Rhind of Hermosa Beach, CA; Nephew, Mike (Mayela) Rhind of El Segundo, CA; She was preceded in death by her Husband of 33 years, Jerry Fallek, Mother, Katharine Rhind, and Father, Dr.Ralph Rhind. Claudia was a rare person. She had a zest for life that was contagious and a personality that drew people to her She will be extremely missed by all who knew her. The Memorial Service will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Sunday June 17, 2007 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Children's Hospital of Los Angeles or the Make a Wish Foundation. Please include Claudia Fallek in the "memo" section of your check.

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  1. Claudia was a very special friend for me. Whenever I felt down emotionally, she always cheered me up. She used to tell me that “Life is good” and I really grabed on to that from her. I don’t know how, but it helped me feel better whenever she said that phrase.. Maybe it was the way she said it, with that positive additude she always had. And I just want to let Claudia’s family know that her phrase will always be with me in my heart and mind and Claudia will be as well. My words can not express how much I will miss her. My most sinciere condolences to all of her family.

  2. To the Fallek Family: Sending our deepest condolences to the family. Rae and I fondly remember our shared trips to Cottonwood Cove with the family. My kids find it very hard to beleive me when I tell them I used to “rough it” at the river with no bed and flushing toilets! Of course, that was years ago, and my ability to sleep on a banana chair has long gone! We have many great memories of that time in our life with Claudia. She also got me my first job working with her at the office. Claudia was the most upbeat personI knew, and always had something positive to say. She will be missed. Love to all from Rae and Tracie

  3. I only learned about Claudia’s death a few days ago, through her MCHS Class of ’57 web site. The news not only was a shock but truly made my heart ache. I came to know Claudia at Mira Costa, when she was a freshman and I was a junior – I loved her immediately and as our friendship deepened before my graduation, I knew she would always hold a special place in my heart. When she entered UCLA and pledged my sorority, she then became my “Little Sister” and being an only child, she was just the type of “sister” I wish I could have had. We were both Gemini, our birthdays only six days apart. Unfortunately, I had not seen her since her first child was very small, having moved from the South Bay. I would always ask Johnny about her, when I talked with him, and I always thought I would have the chance to get together with her again one day and hear that special laugh – so I am very upset, not only because she is gone, but also with myself, for never making this happen. This is a lesson for everyone: take the time to see and be with those who are dear to your hearts because too often it is too late. Everything said about Claudia is true. No matter what life dealt her, she was upbeat and carried on. Blessed is her extensive family, for having had her for all the years, even though they were much too short. Blessed am I for having had the chance to know Claudia. I will never forget her and hope one day we will have the chance to have that long-wished visit. Sleep well, dear Claudia. With love, Toni

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