Helen Moynahan Daniel, a 61 year resident of Hawthorne, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012 at Little Company of Mary in Torrance. Born in North Hollywood on November 16, 1924, Helen was 87 when she went to join her Maker in Heaven. Raised in North Hollywood, Helen graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1942 and went through nurses training at St. Vincent's Hospital in Los Angeles. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in August of 1946 and married Philip Daniel in November 1946. The couple bought a home in Hawthorne in 1950 and raised their five children there. Helen was an active member of St. Joseph's Church in Hawthorne for 60 years. While her children attended school there, she volunteered as the school nurse and participated and/or volunteered in many of the church's functions and fundraisers. Later, she became a Eucharistic Minister and gave communion to parishioners who were unable to attend the church service. Throughout her adult life, Helen worked in the field of industrial nursing for companies such as Douglas Aircraft, Armstrong Steel, Max Factor, and Xerox. She enjoyed helping others and her kind, calm demeanor was as healing as the medical treatments she dispensed. Helen enjoyed spending time with her immediate and extended family, getting together with her dear friends, traveling to new places and entertaining with her husband. She loved the arts – music, theater, dance, painting and sculpture - and instilled this love in her children. She was an avid reader and modeled her love of learning throughout her life. As a young mother, Helen started sewing clothes for her children and soon became very accomplished at making beautiful outfits for herself. In her later years, she learned to quilt and bestowed many lovely quilts as gifts for her family. Helen is survived by sons, Robert Daniel of Gardena, John Daniel of Hawthorne, James Daniel of Paramount, daughter, Gretchen Hinojosa of Huntington Beach. Her daughter-in-law Sharon Daniel of Sun City and grandchildren, Kristin Danusastro, Jonathan Hinojosa, Samantha Daniel, Kyle Daniel, Amanda Hinojosa, Veronica Daniel and Chelsea Daniel. Her sister-in-law Betty Moynahan of Tarzana. She is also survived by one nephew, five nieces and cousins by the dozen. She was preceded in death by her son Patrick, her husband Philip and her four siblings Edith, Matt, Jim and Tom. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday, March 16 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. with the Rosary being recited at 6:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Hawthorne on Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Disease Research (www.ahaf.org/alzheimers) or Susan G. Komen for the Cure (www.komen.org).

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your mother. What a lovely, gracious woman. I have such wonderful memories of both of your parents. They were such good friends to my mom and dad, Art and Grace Rinaldi. I was recently going through old photos and I have a photo of your mother with my dad. They were working a Blood Mobile at St. Joseph’s church. My dad as the organizer and your mother as the nurse! A summer never went by without me receiving a bounty of your dad’s famous tomatoes and to this day the only gazpacho I make is called “Helen Daniel’s Gazpacho Recipe!” It is so hard to bury a parent. Today is my mother’s rosary and tomorrow is her funeral Mass. I truly know the grief you are feeling. Even if their past years were filled with pain and your head tells you this is a liberation for them, we are NEVER ready to let go of them. I can only hope that the 4 of them are now enjoying being together again.

  2. My condolences are with the family of Helen. She is now at peace. While we only met her at the Brazier reunion in Minnesota, I always looked forward to her messages she wrote in her Christmas cards keeping me updated on your side of the family. She was truly a very eloquent lady. She will be missed.

  3. Deepest condolences to the entire family at this time of mourning. She was a tremendous person and always exemplified a lifestyle and personality that one would like to emulate. Our prayers go out to the family, and frieds of Helen as she will be missed. George & Aurora Pfrimmer and Pfamily

  4. I only met Helen when she came to the Brazier family reunion, but we kept in touch especially at Christmas time. I thought she was a very nice person. BeauMondie

  5. It was so special to be able to meet Helen at the Brazier Family Reunion here in Minnesota. My Sympathies go out to all of Helen’s family.

  6. I am so sorry to hear that my dear friend will not be able to call me nor visit me anymore.I surely will miss her.You all have been blessed with a wondeful mom and grandmom. She was always so proud of all of all of you . All the years that I have known her she always had that wonderful smile that made us feel so good . She and I served as president and treasurer of the St. Joseph senior club together for years, we were presented a beatiful gift from Fr. Jene when we resigned ,you will find it among her special things when you go through her personal remembrances,I still have mine it is a set of Cross Pen and pencil with our name on it , mine was blue . We worked so well together. She baked the best chocolate cake I still have the recipe . Also she made wonderful Pepper jelly , i still have that recipe also and it was the best . There are so many good memories that I will always remember of her ,the most beautiful soul I ever knew as a driend . Thank you for everything you have done for her. I will keep all of you in my daily prayers. She has gone to her well deserved eternal reward and is now in God’s hands Love Lillian Soucy & Family. God bless you

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