Joell Kretzmar, 84, passed away on December 11, 2009 in Torrance, California. Born on March 7, 1925 in Toledo, Ohio, she moved to Hermosa Beach, CA with her husband then later settled in Torrance, CA. Joell was married to her beloved late husband Hugh L. Kretzmar and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Patricia A. and David Ortiz, son Thomas and Amy Kretzmar, and daughter Mary Kretzmar; her grandchildren David W., Mellisa M., Micheal A. Ortiz, Sarah J. Redfox, Brandon L. Kretzmar, Jordan N. Horner, and Tori R. Matzinger, and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kayla Redfox, and their grandmother Tracy Storer. Memorial Service will be offered at Hope Chapel 3555 Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 6pm. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. It is always difficult to loose one whom we loved. It has been a long time since my parents, Dorothy and Elmer Kretzschmar, and my brother visited Hugh and Joell. Roy, Frances and Hugh use to come to visit us on the farm in St. Louis, MI and we would visit them in Jackson, MI Richard and Norma Kretzschmar December 30, 2009

  2. I am sorry to hear of your loss. It has been so many years (I believe it was fall of 1969) since my father, Elmer and mother, Dorothy were in California to visit your parents and grandfather. We had a wonderful time and will never forget your family’s hospitality.

  3. My mother, Ellen Kretzschmar Colthorp, brother, Everett, and I visited your family after going to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. I remember your Dad and Mom taking the day to go to Knotsberry Farm and showing us around. I have often thought of that over the years and have tried to make contact to keep up with the Kretz(sch)mar genealogy. Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom.

  4. grandma i miss you so much. I know you are up there with grandpa, but i want you down here. you and grandpa,I wish when i was younger i would of asked more questions about the family and your life. I guess I thought you guys would be around forever. I was hoping you be around for my future children & marriage . I miss waching movies with you, rides, walking , shoping ,family dinners and making newspaper hats.i loved how you would tell that story about my birth and you & grandpa on the bus. never got tired of it. kisses and hugs your missy

  5. so sorry to hear of jo’s passing. she had a heart of gold — i remember her well even though it was many, many years ago (as “mrs kretzmar”). my heartfelt sympathies to mary & the rest of the family. both roger & i have lost parents… most recently roger’s mom to complication from bypass surgery. our hearts & thoughts are with you as you grieve this tremendous loss.

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