Emma
Maurer, Emma, Born in a house with a dirt floor on April 30, 1926 to Peter and Jerrie Valdez in Blanco, NM. Emma Valdez came to the Los Angeles area after graduating from Aztec High School and the end of W.W. II. Living with cousins and working for Voit Rubber Co., Emma met the love of her life, Bernard Maurer who also worked at Voit! The two were married November 17, 1952 in Las Vegas and spent their honeymoon at the El Cortez Hotel. Emma gave birth to the first of three sons Jerome Donald on April 19, 1954. While on a leisurely drive on Sunday afternoon, Emma and Bernie followed signs advertising new homes. When they came upon the model homes of a new sub-division in Hawthorne called Hollyglen. After choosing a floor plan and a lot of their liking and a promissory note of $200 the Maurer’s were the proud owners of a soon to be completed home. Soon after moving in Emma gave birth to their second son William Frank on August 25, 1955. Emma would soon find her hand full raising 2 energetic boys who were just 16 months apart while Bernie was working with the booming aerospace industry. Emma found time to become an avid bowler with her husband and she became active in the St. Joseph Church in Hawthorne. Soon after her husband took a job at North American Aircraft Co. Emma gave birth to there third son, Bernard Edward, Jr. on January 29, 1963, he would soon be called Eddie. Emma worked for a short time for Mattel’s Toys in Hawthorne, Hawthorne High and Orowheat Bakery in Marina del Ray which would relocate to Hawthorne. Finally, Emma found her nitch as a Pass & ID specialist at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo where she became supervisor of the office by the time she retired in 1988. Emma received several awards and citations from her employer and the Air Force for her office skills and excellent people skills. Retired and recently widowed, Emma traveled about with several trips to Europe (East and West), the holy land, South Pacific as well as Mexico. Emma also found time to sing in the choir at St. Joseph Church, volunteering at Little Co. of Mary Hospital and the U.S.O. She also worked as a poll worker for several elections. She also was very proud of becoming regional chairperson for the Catholic Daughters of America and worked very closely with the St. Vincent de Paul Society not to mention making sandwiches to feed the homeless. At home Emma enjoyed gardening, knitting and crocheting. On May 2, 2005, Emma lost a very short battle with pancreatic cancer. She will be greatly missed by the countless people who were fortunate to have known and come in contact with such a wonderful lady. A gathering of family & friends for a visitation will be Thursday, May 5, 2005 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at McCormick Mortuary at 13806 S. Hawthorne, Hawthorne, CA 90250. The services will be May 6, 2005 at 11:30 AM at Holy Cross Mausoleum – Large Chapel at 5835 W. Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Church in Hawthorne, Trinity Hospice or Catholic Daughters of America.

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  1. My mother was very good friends with Emma and I am thankful she had such a nice and kind friend. Emma was always very sweet to me and I will remember her fondly. I will keep her in my prayers but I am sure she already had a special place in heaven.

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