Erika Pazanowski

erika pazanowski
Erika (Battenhausen) Pazanowski Erika Pazanowski a long time resident of Redondo Beach, passed away at her home Saturday, April 26, 2008. She was 72 when she died. Erika was born on January 6, 1936 in Achern, Germany. Growing up, she attended school in Germany before moving to New York. While living in New York, she met Eduard and was married on September 15, 1957. In the summer of 1969 they visited California and decided to move. Erika was a loving wife, mother, grandmother (Oma), and great-grandmother. She loved to cook for her family, keep her house tidy, and have coffee at 3:00p.m (this reminded her of home). In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and attending to her garden. Erika is survived by her loving Husband, Eduard of Redondo Beach, CA, Daughter, Eleanor Pazanowski Thrane and husband Craig of Torrance, CA, Son, Richard Pazanowski of Kennett, Mo, 4 beautiful grandchildren, Wendy, Kevin, Steven, and Chris, Great Grand-Daughter, Mallory, Sister-in-law, Barbara, and her dear friend Karen. Preceded in death by Mother, Theresa (Sauer) Battenhausen, Father, Rudolph Battenhausen, and Brother-in-law, Walter. A gathering of family & friends will be held at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with a Vigil service at 7:00 P.M. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Please sign the guest book at Send t he family messages, share memories, obtain directions to services, and check back to view the online video tribute. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be mailed to The Trinity Hospice Foundation 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 230 Torrance, CA 90505

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  1. My dearest friend Erikachen, I dont remember when I first began to call you “friend”. One day I only know. A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can utterly trust, who knows the best and the worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults, who will speak the honest truth to us, who will give us counsel and will comfort and encourage us in the day of difficulty. Friendship, indeed, is one of the greatest boons God can bestow on us. It is a union of our finest feelings, a binding of hearts, and a sympathy of two souls. It is an indefinable trust we repose in one another, a constant communication between two minds and an unremitting anxienty for each others souls. My friend is a person who will help me in the hour of sickness, who will say behind your back what she will say to your face, who will do all the things without expecting any return. Erikachen, beautifull and rich was our friendship and full of tears and warms was our friendship. We shared so much together over the last 37 years! I miss you so much, I love you, you are in my heart foreever, and I thank God in Heaven, that I had the chance to tell you all those things as you where leaving me. KARIN

  2. Opa, We are so sorry to hear about Oma and feel bad that we cannot be there during this difficult time. Please know that we are with you in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and miss you and hope to talk to you soon.

  3. Pazanowski and Thrane family, Sorry about your loss. Erika was a loving mother, wife and grandmother. She always made me feel as if I were a member of the family. My heart goes out to all of you. She will be missed.

  4. Rick, Eleanor & family, Although words do not take away the grief you are feeling; let the memories of your mother/oma feel your heart with smiles. My memories of your beautiful, strong mother and her laugh remain with me. May you find strength and comfort in each other.

  5. Pazanowski Family, There is not much to say that can change what you are all going through, but know that Erika was a great woman with a generous and loving heart. She treated me like family and I loved when she came in to the salon greatly. She wasn’t just a client, she was one of my best friends and I am going to miss her deeply. May God comfort and give you strength through this difficult time. With Love, Manal

  6. Ed, Eleanor, Rick and families, My memories of Erika are of a beautiful, warm, witty woman. With a huge heart that made all of us feel like family. It’s never easy knowing what to say…just know that she is in Heaven and will be watching over all of you.

  7. What am I to say about someone I loved all of my life? Someone who put up with me in good times and bad. Mom I hope that I can do this. My mom was born on January 6, 1936 in Achern, Germany. Growing up, she attended school in Germany. She went to school and become a chief. My mom was the best cook and made a mean cheesecake. At 20, my mom left her parents, sisters and brother and moved to New York. One night while dancing, she met her future husband and my dad Eduard. They were married September 15, 1957. Last September, we celebrated their 50th golden wedding anniversary! Boy, I hope that I can do that! €Craig, are you listening? In the summer of 1969, Uncle Walter told his brother to come out to sunny California for a visit. The next day, dad packed us all up for the trip. The next thing I knew, we were moving to California. My mom was a loving wife, mother, grandmother (Oma), and great-grandmother. She loved to cook for her family, keep her house tidy, and have coffee at 3:00p.m (this reminded her of home). In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and attending in her garden. Every once in a while she joined Dad on a motor home trip. She enjoyed getting away. I know she enjoyed the times visiting Rick in Missouri however, she was happy she didn€™t live there! Mom enjoyed her boutiques. She loved dressing up and going to her store. Many of you visited her there. My mom leaves behind a lot of people that love her. Kevin, Wendy, Chris, Steven, and Mallory will miss their Oma. She will be truly missed from this world. I hope that Uncle Walter and mom are feeling better and are pain free. Until we meet again. I love you mom, Your daughter, Eleanor

  8. Dearest Erika, Ed and family know how I feel, how heart broken I am at this time. I lost three people(and then some), close in time, that I loved dearly. I know you will be able to hear me so I will say to you, my dear “sister”, thank you for all your years of caring and giving to all of us. I, especially, remember the wonderful care you gave to mom in her later years; she loved you as a daughter. Ed and Walt, although not expressed often, appreciated all you did for her. All those many years of opening your heart and home to so many; today,their love and thanks was expressed in the celebration of your life. You had to be overwhelmed when you looked down upon us attending your service, it was beautiful and well deserved! In these later months, I really enjoyed our closeness. You were so funny; your comeback with “one liners” at the doctors, Ed and Eleanor were priceless; I will never forget! I had people laughing when relating some of the stories, after our visits to U.C.L.A.,what a hoot!! Erika, if you ever doubted the love of Ed, you must know now how much he truly loved you. Strong, hard working(many times strong headed but always with a twinkle in his eye)was true to heart! The care and attention that was given to you by Ed all these months and days would have to be witnessed to believe; mom had to be proud of her son! Now, you are with Walt and mom and I am sure you are having a great visit with them and all our loved one’s; please tell them I miss them and love them with all my heart! Your children, grand and great grand children,family, your beautiful and caring friends, neighbors,doctors nurses and homecare people(I can go on and on)will never forget their beautiful Erika! Love to you and Walt always and forever! Barbara ps: a big hug and kiss for Camille; tell her and Walt to watch that golf swing; they wouldn’t want to break an angle’s light!

  9. Liebe Elanor, die traurige Nachricht vom pltzlichen Tod Deiner Mutter hat uns sehr berhrt.Es ist kaum zu fassen, und doch mssen wir uns damit abfinden. Wir trauern mit Dir und Deiner Familie und wnschen Euch die Kraft, den groen Verlust zu bewltigen. Lore & Peter Seel

  10. Liebe Familien Pazanowski & Thrane, die traurige Nachricht, da Erika so pltzlich gestorben ist, hat uns sehr berhrt.Es ist kaum zu fassen, und doch mssen wir uns damit abfinden, einen lieben Menschen verloren zu haben. Wir trauern mit Euch und wnschen Euch die Kraft, den groen Verlust zu bewltigen. Lore & Peter Seel

  11. Dear Pazanowski Family, I am so sorry for your loss…I grieve with you…Erika was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend…She will be missed and she will keep an eye on us all…Connie

  12. I admired how well you Ed and your family organized Erika’s funeral and had such moving ceremonies. The selection of the music and the beautiful aranged pictures by Wendy as a rememberance to Erika impressed me a lot. A very fitting Good By. As well, I apreciated and felt very honored to have been able to serve as pall bearer. My best wishes and blessings to all of you. Heinz

  13. Dear Ed, Eleanor, Rick & family Due to the huge distance I couldn`t meet my Aunt correctly. Although it affects me. May the reminder of Erika warm up like a sunbeam. Nephew & wife Sven & Christa

  14. Dear Erika, Since I have been 9 years old, besides my mom Karin, you have always been my other Mom. I will miss you terribly and miss our lunches and coffee time. I can not thank you enough for all the wonderful things you have done for me and my two boys. Tim and Michael love you very much and will miss you. I also want to thank you for always being there for me when I needed a friend. I could always come to you. I know my Mom will miss you very much. I have always wished to have a wonderful friendship that you and my mom, Karin, have had these 37 years.

  15. Dearest Mom, How much I am going to miss you, only you and God will know how much. I just want to thank you for everything you have done for me growing up. All the times you stuck up for me. I am really going to miss the times when you and Dad would come out here to Missouri. When you and I would sit outside by my fishfry and eat catfish and drink BUDLITE together. So now, everytime I have a fishfry I will be thinking of you Mom. Until we meet again Mom, Love ya, your son, Ricky P.S. Thank you Dad for the outstanding care you did for Mom.

  16. For Ed,Eleanor,Ricky and their families: Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones during this difficult time. In memory of Erika Friends are among the greatest of all Heavenly Father’s gifts. We benefit greatly from their comfort, fellowship and love. We appreciate their honesty, wisdom and patience. The Savior referred to his diciples as His friends, Cherished their support and companionship and often sought their advice. I will miss Erika’s friendship and both the happy and the sad times we shared. I am grateful for the hospitality she offered to everyone who came to her home. We enjoyed sharing German traditions and wonderful cheesecakes. She helped German born friends remember their heritage and homeland. Erika was blessed with a husband and family who provided constant and dedicated support during her illness and she had many friends who stood by her as well. A great life vanished with the death of my friend Erika.I will cherish her memory and example forever. In Friendship and Love, Heidi

  17. To the Pazanowski Family, I am very sorry for the loss of Erika. I remember the good times I had with Erika, Wendy, and Kevin at the Marriot. I’ll never forget all the good lunches we had by the pool. Erika was always very kind and offered us rides when needed. Im only 15 years old but I will remember her kindness forever. With Love, Jacob Linn

  18. To the Pazanowki family, Please accept my sincerest sympathy. Erika was a wondeful person and she will be missed. Thomas Kenney

  19. Eleanor, I remember you from Riviera days…so sorry for your loss. I remembered your mom. She was a nice, nice lady. you will be in my prayers…..

  20. Rick and Eleanor, So sorry for your loss. I remember your mom as a kind and sweet lady. My thoughts are with you.

  21. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Erika’s husband, Richard and Eleanor and their families. I grew up with Richard in Torrance and always thought he was a good guy; kind and caring to all. I never met Erika but knowing Richard she must have been a sweet, kind as a loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend. My thoughts are with the Pazanowski family.

  22. Erika was such a wonderful, loving spirit. When visiting her home she made sure guests were comfortable and entertained….and she always made me laugh!! Special prayers for Ed, Rick and Eleanor.

  23. Aunt Erika, Losing my Dad and losing you less than two months later has been heart wrenching yet I’m comforted in the thought that you two are together. It’s funny how you think you know someone until they are gone. I’ve learned more about you and my Dad in the days following your departure by observing those who mourn for you and listening to their stories. You’ve touched so many people with your wit, open heart, innocence, and that cheesecake. I will forever remember Uncle Eddie, Eleanor, my Mom and Karin caring for you this last year. Seeing the softer side of Uncle Eddie as he nursed you through radiation and chemo…how he would look at you with the love in his heart and you’d smile back at him with your eyes….yet again witnessing how strong my Mom is in crisis situations and just how much she is capable of giving….seeing Eleanor receive the most devastating news a year ago and then watch as she pulled herself together to be there for you, her Dad and her family was inspirational…and Karin showing me what a dedicated friend is. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of the days my brother, Walt and I would spend with our cool, older cousins. The blue van, your towels and clothes always smelled so nice, the little goodies from whatever store we went to that day, the X-Mas Eve feast, and best of all was your snorting laugh…I loved that snorting laugh! Thank you for my memories, both past and present. You will be missed. Love, Your Niece, Cindy

  24. Dear Mom and Dad, There is no way to put into words the feelings of lossing two mothers in less than a year. I was blessed with the best mothers in the world. You could talk to both of them about anything and everything. They were as different as night and day, but were both so loving and understanding. I will miss them so much that it hurts to think they will not be here to talk to when I need someone. It is nice to know that they are together watching over me and my sons taking care of us. I am especially glad I could be with Mother last July and do what I could for her, just as I am glad to have been able to be at my Moms side when God called to her. Thank you Dad and Eleanor for taking care of Mother when she needed you both. Please Moms take care of each other. With all my love Your Daughter Linda Pazanowski

  25. Lieber Ed, Eleanor und Rick, die Nachricht vom Tode meiner Tante Erika macht mich sehr traurig. Dennoch bin ich glcklich darber, dass ich sie kennenlernen durfte. Ich habe sie vor vielen Jahren das letzte Mal gesehen als sie uns in Deutschland besuchte und habe sie als sehr warmherzigen Menschen in Erinnerung. In meinen Gedanken bin ich bei euch und der ganzen Familie und wnsche euch Kraft in dieser schweren Zeit der Trauer. Eure Nichte und Cousine Kathrin Kron (Battenhausen)

  26. To the Pazanowski Family My sincere sympathy to you for the loss of Erika. She was my sister Heidi’s best and most trusted friend for many many years. I believe that due to Erika, Heidi never forgot her German heritage, customs and language. Erika will be sadly missed. Sincerely Lilo Seemueller, Zurich /Switzerland P.S. I still remember Erika in her beautiful home on the rim of a canyon … and we couln’t sit on the beautiful terrace because the skunks had paid a visit !!!

  27. Dearest Erika, I have warm memories of you. Thank you for all the motherly advice you have given me throughout the years. I have been blessed to have the opportunity be there for you when you were ill. I hope and pray that you are in peace with the Lord. Thank you for being such a dear dear friend to my mom Karin. My mom was very blessed to have you in her life. You were a kind and loving wife and mother. May the Lord be with you always. Love and Blessings Conny

  28. To my Oma, “Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” Just like you oma, we can’t see you but we can feel you with us in our hearts. My Oma and I were always very close with each other. Ever since I can remember, she would spoil me rotten. I remember the day before Christmas Eve; we would make all sorts of cookies and cakes. My favorite was her famous cheesecake (If you had it, you know how good it was) Than after all that, I would spend the night and wait for Christmas Eve to come. Every year everyone would go get all dressed up, and get together to have this big dinner, at a fancy restaurant. Than everyone would go to her house, for the opening of presents and delicious deserts. My favorite memories of my Oma were: -When she took, my brother and I to go swimming, at the Marriott. -Going to Al Pine Village. Than getting to go into the German store and getting little nick €“ knacks, than going into the Al Pine Village restaurant and getting the best food ever. -Spending the nights in the motor home. -Going to palm springs and feeding the duckies there. -How she always had me listen to annoying German music. I remember we went to Palm Springs and while we arrived. Oma and Opa brought out this beautiful purple bike with pink streamers on it, and gave it to me because I wanted a new bike. I loved that bike. I also remember when Oma took me to get a puppy. We brought home a beautiful Yorkie €“ terrier. In the car ride home she told me to pick out a name and it had to be proper. I sat there for a while and came up with the name Coco because there was a TV. Show with a bird and it always said €œCoco Coco€ So she named it Lady Coco. I loved that hyper dog and I miss it a lot. I also remember she took me to the bird store because I always wanted a birdie. I looked around and I wanted Cockatail, but it wasn€™t proper enough, so she bought me a Green Cheek Conure, and I named it Tweety. I still have this bird today and cherish it ever much. I love my Oma so much. She was such a beautiful lady and I miss her with all my heart. Just like she is forever in everyone€™s hearts as well. I love you Oma and I know now you are in a better place. From your loveing granddaughter

  29. Mom, It’s been 2 years since I lost you. There’s not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. I miss you so much. I know you & uncle Walter are watching over me because when I need you, I feel you on my shoulder.

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