June 2, 1964 ~ July 27, 2021

Born in: California
Resided in: Torrance, California

Erin Ortega, 57, passed away in her Torrance, California home on July 27, 2021, by the side of her loving husband of 20 years, George Ortega. Erin left us unexpectedly and too soon, but she will be remembered as a vibrant, fun, caring and loving wife, stepmom, grandma, godmother, sister, aunt and daughter.

Born Erin Marie Shader on June 2, 1964 to Alton and Joanne Shader, Erin was loved by all who knew her, including her siblings Mary Lynne Shader, Debbie Farmer and Alton Shader. She lived all 57 years in Southern California and nobody loved the sun and beach like Erin. She was the ultimate aunt to her five nieces and nephews, a loving stepmother to Ricky Ortega, Robert Ortega and Rachel Cepeda, and proud grandma to Vance!

She was truly a special person who managed her life with Type I diabetes with a huge heart and even quicker wit. Erin was funny…really funny!  She could make you laugh in an instant and was as quick to the draw with a biting joke as anyone! Erin was incredibly thoughtful, always sending comedic cards and gifts to her loved ones on every special occasion and holiday. She was an animal lover who rescued many dogs, and she loved them as much as they loved her. She was also tough as nails and never complained about her health, despite multiple challenges, including two kidney transplants.

Erin spent 30 years as a registered nurse at both Los Angeles County and Harbor UCLA, primarily in their pediatric burn and pediatric oncology wards, caring for and bringing smiles to the faces of the kids that truly needed her gifts the most. Erin had a special way with children and could connect with them better than anyone. She touched countless lives in too short of a time. Erin will be truly missed and we all love her more than can be expressed.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Erin’s name.

Services will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach on August 13, 2021 at 3 pm.

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  1. candle 8I’m heartbroken to see type one diabetes took this beautiful woman. What a warrior, what an angel taking care of others. Sending love to her entire family

  2. candle 7You always made everything and everyone around you brighter. With your contagious sense of humor and your beautiful soul. I know you will continue to shine your bright light for us in heaven like how stars 🌟 shine when the sun has set. Rest in peace, Erin ❤

  3. A beautiful strong soul, your humor, courage and kindness will be forever missed. You r with your loved ones and out of pain. God bless you. Aunt Sheila ☘️💚💚💚

  4. candle 7Will always remember Erin’s dedication to keeping me updated during Mary Lynne’s surgeries. She was taken far, far too soon. 💔

  5. candle 8Our family is heartbroken. Your beautiful smile, your love for living life everyday. Your sarcastic enthusiasm was awesome. Your compassion and love for your dogs.
    I will always think of you and smile.
    My beautiful sister-in-law.

  6. candle 5Sweet Erin, our high school years were high hilarity …I will always have the best memories because of you my Dear. Thank you for driving me around in your little white Honda Civic…thank you for being a kind and devoted friend and for all our silly sayings…every day since I heard about your transition has been a memory of something that made us laugh…”peachy-pink with blue luster” was today’s memory..LOL!! I wish we had finally met up after all our promises of “one day soon!” I love you Erin…I always will!!! xo

  7. candle 2My sweet Erin I miss her so. She was a beautiful person in every way. I will miss her so. Once a month we would put for dinner. We went often to the Cheese Cake Factory. I am going to miss out Wednesday dinner Shalom my strong and funny Erin.

  8. candle 2My sweet Erin I miss her so. She was a beautiful person in every way. I will miss her so. Once a month we would go for dinner. We went often to the Cheese Cake Factory. I am going to miss our
    times together. Shalom my Wonderful Erin

    Wednesday dinner Shalom my strong and funny Erin.

  9. My sweet Erin I’m going to miss you so much. I really enjoyed going out to dinner on Wednesday nights. We did a lot of laughing and had a great time. I also enjoyed spending time with you and talking about everything. You were so strong and beautiful. You were bright and intelligent. You’ll be so missed. Shalom my wonderful friend.

  10. candle 7Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We are praying for comfort for your entire family.

  11. I’m sending prayers to your family. I worked with Erin at LAC/USC Peds ER. I remember her fun loving spirit and all matching nursing uniforms from her stethoscope to her shoes.

  12. Prayers for your family…
    My favorite memory of Erin was a fun event with the nurses bed races at County. We dressed up a gurney as a sparkly Cinderella pumpkin coach. We dressed up as mice/pushers while Erin wore a satin gown, long gloves and tiara as our beautiful Cinderella princess!
    She will be fondly remembered

  13. candle 4Sending Prayers for strength, comfort and peace. She touched so many and made a difference.

  14. candle 4My dearest Erin,
    The world is a darker place today without your shining personality and wit to brighten it. I can’t imagine not being able to talk to you ever again or receive your funny texts.
    I am so grateful for having you in my life all these years. I was lucky to meet you when I started nursing school in 1985 and have you as my big sister.  Then years later we  spent 15 years together working side by side in the Peds Heme/Onc clinic. We never stopped laughing even though we were dealing with cancer everyday. The kids thought we were crazy with our Halloween costumes, our outfits for every holiday, and our singing. We helped the kids forget for just a little while that they had cancer and made them feel just like kids.
    Erin, I will miss you.
    Love you forever my friend and big sister.

  15. candle 8Erin how you will be missed! Not only for memories from our high school but for your kindness and support as I navigated the world of type 1 with my daughter. Heaven has gained an angel … one with a sly And bountiful sense of humor who will have them all laughing heartily.

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