Doris
Gefvert, Doris Gallant - a Torrance resident for 50 years, passed away on September 29, 2009 one day after her 77th birthday. Doris was at home, surrounded by her loving family and caretaker as she transitioned from this life to the next after battling cancer and other health issues. It surprises no one that she lived the past two years with grace, humor and courage; Doris was a leader and a warrior until the very end. Doris was born on September 28, 1932 in Manchester, NH where she was raised and later graduated from St. George's School for Girls. She was working for the telephone company there when she met a young Communications Officer of the United States Air Force named Donald Gefvert. She thought he was a bit overconfident, but quite handsome and they were married eight months later! Donald soon began his career with Hughes Aircraft Company and the young couple moved several times in just a few years. Doris finally said "enough of that!" and they settled in Torrance to raise their growing family. When their three children were old enough, Doris went back to work. She was an excellent bookkeeper and office manager, first at Walteria Plumbing and then for many years at Stewart Jackson Sprinklers. Besides working and raising her family, Doris was very active in community activities and politics. She was a "grass roots" volunteer long before the term was coined. She later transferred her energy and expertise to the Torrance Courthouse Docents, giving tours to 8th grade government students. She was a volunteer for 17 years, including 2 years as the director. Doris was known for many things: her candor, her energy and her unconditional love for her family and friends. Anyone who spent time in the Gefvert home knows that the best place to be was seated at Doris's kitchen counter. She was always cooking or baking wonderful things, happy to share a meal, a snack, or just some cookies and a cup of tea. So many great conversations occurred in that happy place; Doris was always able to put things in perspective and make everyone else feel better. In every sense of the word, she knew how to nurture people, body and soul. She was truly a one of a kind individual. Doris will be missed, but never forgotten, by the many people whose lives she touched. Doris is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald; son Alan Gefvert of Tuscon, AZ; son Steven Gefvert of Torrance, CA; daughter Kathy (Peter) Brubaker of Torrance, CA; grandchildren Kendra Cillitto, Courtney Williams, Alec and Adam Brubaker; three great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Williams, Tony and Dominic Cillitto; sisters Janet and Lorraine; brother Roger, many nieces, nephews and countless friends. She is preceded in death by parents Aubin and Albertine Gallant and brother Raymond Gallant. A celebration of life memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday October 17 from 2pm-5pm at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, get directions or view the live webcast. In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris' name may be made to: American Lung Association or Trinity Care Hospice.

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  1. Paula and I know Doris only through her daughter Kathy and it is clear to me that the Mother did a wonderful job of raising her children. The terrible sadness caused by her passing is a measure of the love that she passed on to her children. May she always rest in peace. Lou Kwiker

  2. My Aunt Doris was one of my favorite people. She gave honest advice, was empathetic and just a joy to talk with. Doris taught me to have a real love of good homemade from-scratch cooking and for that I am forever grateful. I will miss her and feel so lucky to have been part of her family.

  3. Mrs. “G” will always be missed. She was always a great friend and supporter of our family. Love, The Rivera’s (Craig, Janice, Alana, and Briana)

  4. We are so sorry about the loss of Doris. She was a kind, gentle woman who’s spirit lives on with her family and friends. Our love and support to you all.

  5. Dear Kathy and family, What a beautiful obituary and lovely picture of your Mom. Wish we lived closer so that we could attend Aunt Doris’s service and celebrate her life with you. Sincerely, Susan

  6. As a neighbor to Doris and Dick, we will remember all those delicious meals Doris would share with us over the backyard fense. She was a very unique, one of a kind special person and we will charish her friendship always.

  7. Doris was a one of a kind lady. She was honest, funny, and had one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. She was a great friend to have an honest conversation with or a spirited political debate. I will miss her tremendously and send my love to all of her family and friends who are missing her too.

  8. It is always very hard and sad to lose a member of your family. I know that it is even harder when one loses the youngest sibling of one’s family. My sister, Doris, was a fighter; she was a great mother who was always there for her children. She was a good wife and was always there when her husband needed help. Doris always believed that a, “Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss,” because, she was always on the move. She loved her childern and was involved with many other children while giving tours at the Court House. Doris and I used to get into heated talks on politics but, we had an understanding that we could always agree to disagree and that worked out fine. I will miss her very much, along with our phone calls and E-mails Her loving Brother, Roger

  9. Doris was much more than just a dear friend, she was my second mom. I feel blessed to have had her in my life for so many years. I learned so much from Doris; she always lead by example. I will always hold all the wonderful memories and secrets we had shared close to my heart. Since moving away three years ago, I have especially miss our visits over a cup of tea in her kitchen.

  10. I am deeply sadden by the passing of Doris. I will always treasure having known such a wonderful lady. I send my Deepest Sympathy to the family. Sincerely, Pat Mack

  11. I have so many fond memories of Doris. Hours spent at the kitchen table, talking about every thing and nothing. Her wonderful laugh and smile. Her love & devotion for her family,friends,community and country. She was a very special lady who I will always remember fondly.

  12. I am sorry to hear about Doris’ passing. I will always have those good memories of her whenever I would visit with my mom. And yes, I will agree with the best place being at her kitchen table. My sympathies to Don, Alan, Kathy, & Steve. – Tim

  13. I met Doris at my first real job interview back in 1986. I got the job and had the privilege of working with her daily for nearly 4 years. She was my boss, friend, mentor, confidant and a second mother. She kept me on the straight and narrow path, encouraging me and correcting me when I needed it. She forever changed my life and I will carry her memory in my heart forever.

  14. It is very hard to believe that my beloved sister is forever gone. Although we lived across the country from each other we always were in touch; first with long letters and phone calls, then by email and phone. I will very much miss her and our long phone conversations where we thought we could solve the problems of the world. Doris was a loving, thoughtful, kind person, the rock in her family, always ready to assist anyone in need. She will be missed by her family and her many friends, and surely by me and my family who always thought the world of Aunt Doris. Her pain is over now, she is in a better place. May the Lord keep her in his hands and give her everlasting peace. Much love to Dick, Alan, Steve and Kathy; and to her grandchildren whom she dearly loved. Janet

  15. Aunt Doris was a wonderful person – full of life, living each day with such purpose. She had a huge heart, and the patience of a saint. I remember living around the corner when I was a newlywed. We would often land in her kitchen, eating second dinners because we just “had to try it,” and “it was SOOOOOOO good.” I will never forget the day I invited the Captain and his wife for dinner. I was going to make enchiladas because Doris’ were so good. I called to share my plans and asked for her recipe. The phone call ended with much hesitation, and before I knew it, she was at my door, ready to help, knowing I desperately needed it! Of course, the meal was a huge success, thanks to Doris. I will miss our LONG conversations, trying to solve life’s problems. She loved to share her opinions, but mostly, she loved to share her unconditional love. Doris will be greatly missed, but how lucky we all are that Doris touched our lives. I will hold her memory in my heart forever.

  16. Dear Kathy and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mother is a wonderful, beautiful lady who was very caring and giving. My fondest memories of her are her laughter and her great big, naughty smile. She always showed concern about Jeff and I’ll always appreciate that. On one 4th of July party, your mother was lovingly watching you in action, Kathy, and told me that she was very proud of you and the wonderful woman, mother and wife you have become. We offer our prayers and please know that we always think fondly of you, Peter, Alec and Adam. Frank, Grace and Jeff Gastelum

  17. As a kid, I remember a “Reader’s Digest” feature called “My Most Unforgettable Character.” Doris was mine. From childhood to today, I recall the reassuring sound of her voice and I will miss that sound. She delighted in torturing me placing all manner of political stickers (Barry Goldwater an early favorite) on her frequent mailings to me starting when I was in college knowing that I’d be a bit embarrassed. But I loved the sticker-encrusted thoughtfulness of every message she sent–birthday, holiday, or no occasion at all, each sending her love. And when we had different points of view, she would quickly remind me that as my god-mother she had a moral responsibility to point me in the right direction–including who to vote for. I wish we could have years and years more talking, sharing and listening. A treasured part of my heart is and forever will be missing with her loss. Thoughts are with Dick, Alan, Steve and Kathy. Listen quietly, and you can still hear that voice. I know I can.

  18. Growing up, I remember Doris fondly as I was one of Kathy’s childhood friends who Doris cooked for, worried over and doted on. She was a giver, and a great lover of life. My condolences and warm regards to Kathy and the whole Gefvert family.

  19. Wishing the Gefvert’s my deepest condolences. Doris always made me feel welcome in her Home and I will miss her very much.

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