Consuelo ("Connie") V. Contreras, a lifetime resident of the beach cities, went home to her Heavenly Father on June 2, 2008 at the age of 76. Connie was born to Tomas & Maria Villareal in Hermosa Beach, CA on November 27, 1931. She lived in Redondo Beach, CA for the last 65 years of her life and was an alumna of Redondo Union High School. Connie was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, where she was married in 1951 and subsequently baptized her four children. A career homemaker, Connie took great pride in lovingly caring for her family. She was a wonderful wife and mother. She was also a marvelous cook who made the best homemade tortillas, chile verde, tamales and posole in the South Bay. Sewing, gardening and maintaining a beautiful home were among her hobbies. Connie especially loved music and dancing, and looked forward to hosting and attending parties with family & friends. She was known for her warm-hearted, compassionate nature as well as her sense of humor, and was adored by all who knew her. Although she endured numerous health issues, medical procedures and hospital stays over the last several years, she remained consistently strong and optimistic and was often described as "a tough cookie". She is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Eliasar Contreras. She is survived by a sister, Mary Valdespino of Tustin, CA; son Alex Contreras of Redondo Beach, CA; daughters Linda (Robert) Rubio, Terry Contreras, and Connie (Gary) Harper, all of Redondo Beach, CA; grandchildren Marissa Contreras, April (Robert) Olmos, Alicia (Mario) Torres, Aric Rubio, Autumn Rubio, Bianca Tarbuck, Taylor Harper & Isabella Harper; and great-grandchildren Araina, Celeste & Nicholas Torres. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Sunday, June 8, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with a Vigil Service at 6:00 P.M. A Prayer Service will be held also at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Monday, June 9, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

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  1. Dearest Contreras Family, My heart goes out to all of you in the passing of your precious mother. She was so very special to me and I cherish my memories that I have of her. She was a great mother-in-law and I will never forget her. Always so kind and helpful, she will always bring happy memories to my mind and a warmth to my heart. I thank her for being such a wonderful grandmother to Marissa who loved her with all her heart. You’ll never know how much sadness I feel for all of you because I miss her so much already. Fran, Nick and I send all our love and pray that God’s presence will comfort you in the days ahead. May you find peace in knowing that she is with your dad in the presence of the Lord Almighty in peace and true happiness! With love always, Maggie

  2. You’ll never know how sorry I am for your loss. Aunt Connie was a mother to myself and my brothers. She gave me my first bath. When my grandpa died when I was small she took care of me. Our biggest and fondest memory is of our trip to tijuana to get carnitas boy what trouble we got into. I love you Aunt Connie and I will miss you. :o)

  3. The Balm Of God’s Love by M.S.Lowndes When we lose someone we love The loss seems too great to bear God sends us friends to comfort us To show that He deeply cares But in the dark hours of the night When there€™s nobody else around When we feel the saddest and loneliest It€™s there God€™s love can be found It€™s like a soothing, healing balm To soothe our broken hearts The healing oil poured over us That flows into every part We can rest secure in God€™s love And know He€™s by our side He holds us when we feel as though A part of us has died We can know that God will listen When we just want to talk And when we feel we need to cry We can share it with the Lord For He is always waiting there Ready with arms open wide As we pour out the hurt within He pours His love inside Our Father above loves us so much And will never leave us alone He will not forsake us in our need To face this on our own He comforts us and strengthens us And rubs us with His balm And as the dawn breaks through the night We€™ll awake in His loving arms. **I am sure she is smiling, looking down on us from above..along with my Grandfather Honorio Maldonado…

  4. Contreras Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loving mother,….you know we just passed thru the same….my Dad (Tata) just passed 2 days after your Mom. God be with you all. Sincerely, Connie, Felipe and family iranda-Maldonado

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