Helen Cecelia Baker was born September 30, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania as the youngest of three children. The family relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1936. She attended Nativity Elementary School and completed her education at Conaty Girls High School in Los Angeles. She worked at the Long Beach Naval Base and was considered “Mom Helen” by many young sailors and their families. She was also an integral and loving parental figure in the lives of all her extended family and loved to entertain them with her many jokes. She gave to numerous charities and those in need. Her favorite companions throughout her life were her German Shepherd dogs, most of them named “Thunder”. She was a friend to many and will be missed by all! Helen passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 24, 2018 in Torrance, California. She is survived by her brother Laurence Rozunko of Ventura, son John Baker of Torrance, grandson Luke Luce of Loma Linda, great-grandson Isaiah Luce of Loma Linda and great-granddaughter Leila Luce of Loma Linda, nieces Shelley (Jim) Taylor of Aliso Viejo, Rita (Rob) Robinson of Fallbrook, Renee Rozunko (Jimmy) of Laguna Niguel, Roberta (John) Nordskog of Capistrano Beach, Rosemary (Sylvain) Palmer of Laguna Beach and nephew Greg (Renee) Rozunko of San Clemente, 17 grand nieces and nephews, 5 great grand nieces and nephews and “Ace” her German Shepard. She was preceded in death by parents Andrew and Hazel Rozunko and brother Robert Rozunko. The Rosary will be held on Friday February 2, 2018 at 9:30 am and funeral Mass at 10:00 am, both at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. A reception will be held at Lighthouse Memorial and Receptions-McMillian Center in Gardena from 11 am-12 pm. She will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

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  1. Goodby Helen my dear friend, you take a piece of my heart with you and I will always miss you. I apologize to you (and the family) that I will not attend the funeral. That final goodbye is too hard to bear and I will pray for your soul while reciting the morning hour of the Divine Office. God Bless you my friend.

  2. I had only meet Helen over the phone, but we have many lovely chats. I was so sorry to hear about her passing, but I am sure she is watching over us all in heaven. She will be greatly missed.

  3. Dear Helen, We go back a long way. I know you are comfortable and at peace now. Forgot about that beautiful read hair. Seeya, but not for awhile.

  4. I’ve been sitting for a week trying to find the right words to say to you and your family. There are so many memories that we shared, I could write a book. For you, as you always did – say a pray and put in a good word for me. To Larry, Rosie, and all the Rozunko family I extend my deepest sympathy We all lost a very special lady. Take good care of Ace.

  5. Dear Helen……we met thru your life long friend Dodi several years ago…….it has been a real pleasure knowing you and sharing our stories of our dogs …..we made an instant connection because of our love of dogs…..Your last Thunder was the smartest dog i knew/met, you were an amazing trainer and loved him so much, he brought you such joy as you giving him his second chance at a beautiful loving life…….I was so happy that i was able to bring you two together, you were definitely soulmates!…..I know how devastated you were at his sudden passing and Dodi too……I was just happy that i was able to introduce you to Ace….you two had and instant connection and i could see the joy he brought to you and the love you showered him with another match made in Heaven……i’m sure Thunder (all your Thunders) were right at the gate waiting to greet you with much love and joy as well as Ms. Dodi……Helen I will miss you but you and our memories will forever be in my heart……..I’m sure Ace misses you but your nephew and his family are showering him lots of Love and Affection and will definitely take great care of the Love of your life knowing how much he meant to you and the joy he brought to you…….Til we meet again…..Love and my Deepest Condolences to your family, especially Ace…… XOXO

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