Esther Kane, a resident of Torrance for over 50 years, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2006 at the age of 89. Born in Plumville, Pennsylvania on May 18, 1917, Esther and her husband, Tom, moved to Southern California in the early 1940's. Esther was an avid gardener, had a lifelong love of reading, and was a devoted Lakers fan. She was a loving wife, mother, aunt, and friend, but will be most remembered as the proudest grandmother ever to her precious grandchildren, Katie and Kristie. She is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Tom Kane, and siblings Eugene Pifer, Kay Resh, Jim Pifer, and Mary Beatty. She is survived by her three children: Tom Kane, Jr., daughters Mary Kathryn Kane and Suzie Kane Wand, son-in-law Tom Wand, granddaughters Katie Leigh and Kristie Marie Wand, sister-in-law Helen Kane, and many loving nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Green Hills Memorial Park Chapel on Thursday December 14, 2006 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Torrance Community Services Department for a park bench and a tree that will be planted in memory of Esther.

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  1. Dear Mary & family, Our mothers knew each other from Nativity Mothers’ Club and I had the pleasure to know your mom when we both worked at Torrance Public Library. Your mom was a kind, thoughtful person and to this day I have tangible rembrances of her. I once admired some flowers she brought in and at the end of the season, she brought me several of the bulbs. They bloom in my yard every year. I loved your mom’s macaroni & potato salads; I still have her handwritten recipes for them. She was a great lady. Sincerely, Pat (Thompson) Vasquez

  2. My heart and thoughts are with you at your Mother’s service today. It has been my distinct pleasure to have made it possible for your mother to watch “on the big screen”, the delightful movie made of her Wedding Day. Aunt Esther always remembered my birthday with a lovely card…even though I was only a niece-in-law! Love to You all, Lena

  3. I worked with Esther for a number of years at Torrance Library. She was the best and made many otherwise annoying situations bearable. I have thought of her often since we both left TPL. wendy reynoso

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