Aoyama, Karen Mitsuko, a 52 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 in Torrance. Born in Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii, Karen was 78 when she died. Karen was a member of South Bay Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church for many years. Karen graduated from Waialua High School in June, 1951. She married Clarence Aoyama on November 1, 1954, where thereafter they resided in Maui. After moving from Hawaii to Los Angeles and having her three children, Karen joined the work force with a position first as a lab technician. The balance of her career was spent employed by Thrifty Corporation working as a clerk typist in the Human Resources Department. One of her most favorite things to do was to spend time with her husband and go to the Torrance Senior Center, where they would create ceramic pieces together. Her other greatest passion was to spend time at church and with her many friends she enjoyed there. She is survived by her Son, Claude (Laurie) Aoyama of Lakewood, CA, Daughter, Pam (Len) Kaplan of Huntington Beach, CA, and Daughter, Ann (David) Payne of Torrance, CA. Preceded in death by Mother, Haruno Ito and Father, Kumakichi Ito. A gathering of family & friends will be held at McMillan & McCormick Gardena Chapel on Friday, July 17, 2009 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. The Service will be held at McMillan & McCormick Gardena Chapel on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. A reception will be held in the Gardena Lighthouse Reception Room from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. Ann, My heartfelt condolence goes out to you and your family on the loss of your beloved mother. God bless you all.

  2. My dear friend my prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Always keep all the beautiful memories forever in your heart. Love, Lolly Pearson

  3. Pam, You put so much love and time into taking care of your mom, no matter how busy you were, you always made time for her. She loved you so much. I’ll always have good memories of Karen. Love you Pammy! She’s no longer in pain. xoxo Gigi

  4. Ann, Our deepest condolences for you and your family. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. Greg, Elizabeth and Billy

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