Julia
Strauss, Julia Ann Cammarata 16 year resident of Palos Verdes Estates, passed away January 5, 2006. Born Julia Ann Cammarata on August 5, 1954 in San Jose, California. Sh is survived by her son, Jonathan Strauss, ex-husband Lou Strauss, beloved mother Ruth Contreras, brother Charles Cammarata, sisters Aurora Coffey and Patricia Flores, also two nephews and four nieces. She is also survived by her beloved fiancee Richard Schexndyder. Julia was a devoted mother, accomplished ballerina and a friend to everyone she touched. A memorial service will be held on January 16, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church, 1900 South Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her name to Breast Cancer Care Research Fund, 12400 Wilshire Blvd. #200, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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  1. I feel so fortunate to have had Julia as my friend. Our friendship began when she came to work at my furniture store in 1999. Over the years I came to know and love her, and we shared a lot of good times. It’s hard to accept that we won’t be meeting for dinner after work anymore. I will miss her so much…her companionship, her warmth, her words of wisdom, her kookiness (in the best way), her courage, her optimism, and all the unique bits and pieces that made Julia who she was. Invariably, my customers would always remark on how great Julia was and how much fun she was to work with. When someone would come into the store, she would stand up, and in her cheery voice, welcome them in like they were celebrities or something. And that’s just so indicative of who Julia was…so sweet and welcoming to everyone. As I’m thinking of her now, I’m remembering her tone of voice and her facial expressions, and I’m smiling through my tears. I am certain that I’m a better person for having had the gift of her friendship these last six years. She brought lightness and sunshine with her wherever she went and that aura about her will live on and be part of each of us whom she loved and who loved her.

  2. Julia’s outer beauty was truly a reflection of her inner beauty. She was generous with her time and love. We are better people for having known her and will always be grateful for that privelege. While her life was short, it was indeed full. We are deeply sorry that she left us so soon. Sincerely, Judy and Chuck Jerde (cousins)

  3. Julie, I only knew you for two years, 38 years ago. I wish I told you how great I thought you were. I saw you once the next year. I wish I were brave enough to share time with you. We talked when your father died. God Bless you. To Julie’s family and friends, When someone is here, on earth, we are with them once in a while. When they transition to be with the Saviour, they are with us always. Garry Cheney SJV Class of 1968

  4. I just wanted to say that I have been truly blessed to have come to know and love Julia. To try and put what I am feeling to words is very difficult because the sadness I feel in us losing Julia is so profound that it will take me a long time to communicate this lost even to myself. Julia Strauss was a very beautiful soul both inside and out. She had such a positive additude about everything and everybody. She had nothing bad to say about anyone. She saw the good in everyone she met. Her love for life, her home, her neighborhood, her work and her loved ones was apparent whenever you spoke to her. She loved living in Palos Verdes. She loved walking her dog and talking to her neighbors…always smiling with something nice to say. She was a true friend, a loving mother to her son and family. The world has lost a most special person. She was one of the most beautiful women I have come to know in my life. And what made Julia Strauss such a very special person is that her beauty was just as captivating from her inside as it was from out. I will miss her dearly she made a big difference in my life and I feel truly honored to have known such a wonderful soul. May God Bless the Family of Julia A. C. Strauss and know she is no longer suffering and have paid her wages for sin. May we live our lives so that we can see Julia again! Best Wishes, Renee Topping

  5. Dear Ruth, Aurora, and Chuck, family, I truly grieve your loss. Julie was the sunshine in the neighborhood. I am so sorry and my brothers and sisters send their condolences as well. God has her now, God Bless the rest of you, too. Love, Jerry Brim grade-school friend, neighbor

  6. I was her fitness instructor. She noticed that I had a background in ballet and we became friends. She would come into my class in the back of the room and perform the exercise routines, converting them into ballet movements. I was very honored that she came to class up until the point that she physically was not able, just a week or two short of her leaving us. She was one of the strongest, most beautiful and talented individuals I have ever had the pleasure to know. I miss her dearly.
    Howard Wolfer

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