HARTZELL, FRANK DELAVERGN (85) a resident of Manhattan Beach since 1937 when he moved here with his two older brothers. Living first in El Porto, and then on 18th Street since 1950, he passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2006, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. Frank was born in Montana, but his family moved to California when he was three months old. A life-long beach-goer, he went to school locally, was a bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and worked for 40 years in chemical engineering management at the Mobil Torrance Refinery. Preceded in death by his first wife and a son, Mae and Robert Hartzell, and then by a second wife, Virginia Lessiak, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Gary and Cheryl Hartzell of Manhattan Beach, their children Greg Hartzell, Doug Hartzell, and Genevieve Logan and their families, Robert's son Joseph Hartzell, and by step-son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Shirley Lessiak of Foresthills, California, and their families. Through blood and marriage Frank had twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, February 3, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the White & Day Mortuary at 3215 Sepulveda Blvd. in Manhattan Beach. Memorial services will be at the Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 Peck Avenue, in Manhattan at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday February 4 with a reception to follow. Private internment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery later in the day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank’s name to the Salvation Army. Those wishing to send a message to the family, share a memory, secure directions to the services, or to view an online video tribute, may go to the mortuary’s website at

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  1. Frank was my grandfather-in-law, and was one of the kindest, most welcoming and genuinely ‘good’ people I’ve known. He had a gentle warmth and graciousness that engendered love and respect from everyone who met him. He will be sorely missed.

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