March 22, 1923 ~ January 13, 2006
Van Lingen, Inez Ethel
Peacefully came to the end of life's journey on January 13th surrounded by family at her home in Torrance CA. Inez was born in New Orleans, LA March 22, 1923, met Clarence H. Van Lingen of Springfield, SD on a riverboat there and married him on February 14th, 1944. They moved to South Gate, CA in 1945 where she worked in the office of Dr. R. Coye. Moved to Torrance, CA in 1947 where she and Clarence opened Van Lingen Body Shop on Hawthorne Blvd. She continued to run the shop office when Clarence passed away and her son Robert took over the business in 1981. She remained active in and enjoyed the ownership of the family business, Van Lingen Towing prior to her passing. Inez was very active in the community of Torrance. She was a supporter of the Torrance Education Foundation and the Cultural Arts Center. She was one of the founding members of the Little Company of Mary Hospital Auxiliary, served as secretary of publicity and then president. She stayed connected to the auxiliary throughout for life. In 1999 she was honored as a "South Bay Woman of the Year". She was a member of St Catherine Laboure Parish for 50+ years and recently moved to St Lawrence Martyr Parish in Redondo Beach. Inez was preceded in death by sisters, Ruby and Mary, brother, Edward, husband, Clarence and son, Mark. She is survived by her children, daughters Deborah Graber of St. James, NY, Clarice Motter of Houston, Texas and son Robert Van Lingen of Torrance CA; grandchildren Jessica, Rob, Lauren, Emily, Sean, Thomas and Michael; great grandchildren Evan and Robert. Inez will always be loved and remembered for her generosity, integrity, perseverance, and unyielding fortitude by all that knew her. Her â€œzest for lifeâ€ will remain in our hearts and be cherished as an example for all to follow.
Visitation was held 4pm-8:30pm with a vigil Service at 7:30pm Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at McCormick Mortuary, 1998 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA. Funeral Mass was at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at l0am followed by committal service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.
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