Joe "Lito" Perez, 61, died April 16, 2010 at his home in Gardena, California.A service will be held at Rice Chapel in Torrance, California on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM. There will be a gathering following in the Rice Lighthouse Reception Room from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Burial will be at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, California.. Joe was born March 5, 1949 in Long Beach, California to Louie and Lucina Perez. He graduated Torrance High School in Torrance, California and worked for Ralph's Grocery Company for 30 years. Joe is survived by his mother, Lucina Perez; sister, Rose Perez-Aguilar; 3 children, Irena Perez, Joseph Perez, and Lisa Toruno; daughter-in-law, Michele Perez; son-in-law, Tony Toruno; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Louie Perez.

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  1. The first time I met Lito was at my cousins party. I remember him always wearing a hat. Little did I know he would become my brother-in-law when my sister married him. Three beautiful children were brought into this world through this marriage which completed our family later on. A very close family. When my sister and Lito divorced he was always very close by living next door to my Mom. Although he did not take care of his health I know his children loved him very much and will be missed by them. At this time is when we think of all the fun times we had when Lito was with my sister although there were bad times too. But that is life. I will miss him but am happy he is at peace now. I will pray for his eternal life amoung his loved ones. Praying for his children too who will miss him very much. God bless you all. Love and good wishes.

  2. We, the Toruno family, understand this is a tough time for the Perez family and we wanted to pay our respects to all of you on your loss. Know that we are here for you in your time of need. God bless you, God strengthen you, and may God comfort you as only He can.

  3. I met Lito thru Irene, over 40 years ago. We became very good friends throughout the years. We were there for each other for our marriages, childrens births, ups & downs even our divorces. Since Lito’s death he has been in my thoughts. I’ve caught myself smiling and even laughing at some of the things the 3 of us did together. It was way to soon for him to leave us and I pray that hes found peace. Irene, Irena, Joseph, & Lisa I love all of you very much and thoughts and prayers will be with you now and always.

  4. Sincere condolences to Irena, Lisa, Joseph & Irene. I feel lucky to have the good memories of the Perez family. Miss you, Love you. Brenda

  5. My wife and I would like to extend our condolences. I worked with Joe and even spend time with him in Las Vegas. He truly was a great guy, and will be missed.

  6. Dear Irene, I wanted to send you and your children my deepest condolences. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow.

  7. Dear Irene, We want to let you know that you and your family are in our prayers..May Lito rest in peace.

  8. Walter and I shared many wonderful memories with Joe and the family over the years. Joe and Walter worked at Ralphs became very close friends and remained friends after retirement. We pray that God’s grace will comfort the family at this time of sadness. Sincere love,

  9. Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Before I went to live in Texas your Dad and I went to Tijuana together and we had some funny experiences in asking ladies out to dance, that I will always remember…Rick, Tia Clemen’s son.

  10. GPA Joe, even though we didn’t spend too much time together with our busy lives, we will miss you very much. We will miss the knock on the door at 9pm when you used to visit us. You spent some time watching your grandkids grow up and now you can help watch over them. Thank you for the time you gave us. LOVE MICHELE JOE AMBER STEPHANIE KATELYN PEREZ

  11. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this diffcult time. I have childhood memories and will cherish them. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

  12. chata,and rosa I was so sadden to hear about litos passing.All my thoughts and prayers are with you.With my deepest sympathy. Love,Angie

  13. Dearest Irena, Joseph, & Lisa My heart goes out to you. Good times. Bad times. Life just doesn’t seem fair sometimes. We must trust in God and know there is a purpose. Hold on and cherish the good memories. The three of you are so important to me, your sorrow is my sorrow. Your father was looking down in awe yesterday to see the love and the final farewell that you gave him. He was always so very proud of you three as I am. You couldn’t have done a better job. He will live forever in all our hearts. With all my everlasting love, Mom

  14. Dear Irena, Joseph, & Lisa, Your dad’s memorial was very nice and I know he was looking down on all of you and was very proud of the farewell you gave him. He loved all of you very much and was very proud of you. I love all three of you and will always be here if you need me. Your dad would be one of the first to tell you “life goes on”, keep him in your hearts and his memory will live on. I also wanted to thank you for including me in the pictures you set up, it meant a lot to me. Love, Betty Jo

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