May 26, 1927 ~ October 2, 2011
Frederick Michael Schlafer
A kind, caring, loving friend and father passed away Sunday, October 2, 2011 at the age of 84. Although a 56 year resident of the South bay, he was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Fred served our nation during WWII as an Ensign in the merchant marines serving on a vessel with his father. Fred is preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Frederick Schlafer, and grandson David Wallin. Following his marriage to Adaline Colvin, their family began to grow with son Michael (Cindy) Schlafer, daughter Cathy (Ken) Wallin and son David (Diana) Schlafer. After Adaline's death in 1974, Fred and Terese found each other, wed, and have enjoyed each others' never ending love for over 35 years. Together they enjoyed square dancing, long walks on the beaches, serving as members in St. Catherine Laboure Church, traveling and staying in contact with friends and family via email. Fred felt so embraced by her family's love: Mary Melvin, James Melvin, Catherine Dreher, Patrica Boland, Jeanne McGlothen, John Melvin, Thomas Melvin (deceased), Steven Melvin, Robert Melvin, Cristine La Salle, Michael Melvin and Peter Hewson. He earned a sizable collection of trophy metals for his senior swimming competitions which he enjoyed for several years up until his recent illness. He was a talented jeweler making wonderful gifts for friends and family. Following several interesting careers, Fred settled down as an electrician, and later retired from LA Times newspaper. Fred is survived by his children, grandchildren, Joe, Mark and Tony Schlafer, Jodie (Schlafer) Millan, Stephanie Wallin, Heather (Schlafer) Weedon, and numerous great grandchildren. We are sure Fred would thank Cathy and Ken Wallin, for their selfless months of 24/7, loving care if he could. He was truly loved, and will be greatly missed. A visitation will be held at Rice Mortuary on Friday October 14 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm with the Rosary recital at 7:00 pm. The Service will be on Saturday October 15th in the Rice Chapel at 2:00 pm with a reception following until 5:00 pm.
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