Katharina (Kathy) Mester, passed away in the comfort of her Torrance home on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. She suffered from debilitating pain caused by shingles, as well as pulmonary disease. Kathy leaves behind her devoted husband of 54 years, Anthony; daughter Evelyn, and her husband Tom Pitta of San Diego; and daughter Teresa, and her husband Tim Hillis of Laguna Hills. Kathy also leaves behind four grandchildren: twin grandsons Mark and Kyle, granddaughter Marissa, and grandson Matthew. Two younger brothers survive Kathy: Stephen Redl in Hungary and Joseph Redl in Germany. As well, Kathy is survived by four nieces and Goddaughter Marika. Kathy was born in Mezofalva, Hungary on November 20, 1921, to Paul and Katalin Redl. After World War II, Kathy was deported to Germany where she lived for nine years. In 1955, Kathy immigrated to the United States, where she met Anthony, and has been a resident of Torrance for 54 years. She worked at Lido Knitting Mills for 25 years. In her retirement, she enjoyed baking, cooking, reading, gardening, traveling, and exercising with the Silver Sneakers. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her husband, family, and friends. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to: Torrance Memorial Hospice Foundation 3330 Lomita Blvd., Bldg. 1 South Torrance, CA 90505 Attention: Amanda Goodrich

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  1. Tony, Teresa, Tim and Family. May God give you His peace and hold you close to His heart during the coming days as memories flood your thoughts. Scott and Heather

  2. Teresa, Steve and I send our heartfelt condolences on the death of your mother. What a fascinating and loving life she lead. We know what a wonderful woman she must have been as she raised you. We do so look forward to spending time with you and Tim and to seeing the boys again. Life goes far to quickly. With love, Steve, Michele, Luke and Avery

  3. Teresa and Family, Sorry to hear the news of your mother’s passing. Keep the memories of her close to your heart, and she will always be with you.

  4. Tony, Will always remember your lovely Kathy and all the good times we had while we were trying to stay trim and fit at the gym and at the pool. Tony you were a wonderful caring husband and she was a lucky lady to have you. I feel lucky to be part of your lives and look forward to keep having you as a friend and hope you will feel the same. Luv Ann your Silver Sneaker Star

  5. Sending my condolences to the Mester Family. Katherine was one of the members of my Silver Sneakers class at the South End. She was such a wonderful person and a joy to know. She will be greatly missed by all of us. With Love & Light, Anne Thorne

  6. I was always hopeful that Kathy would return to our Silver Sneakers group until recently. I shall miss her. I hope Tony is able to and chooses to return when Kathy’s affairs are settled.

  7. Evie – your mother was a sweet person and a great cook. We are all sorry for your loss, Love Annie, Dan and kids

  8. Evelyn, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Katharina. She always had a smile and a kind word for me and my family everytime we all got together. She will be remembered dearly. All our love … David, Rhonda, Alex, & Arynn.

  9. Drga Tni Bcsi. Szomoran vettk tudomsul Kat Nni hallt.Mindg emlkezni fogunk kedves ,szeretet remlt egynisgre ,sokszor gondolunk azokra a napokra amiket egytt tlhettnk vele .Rszvtnket s egyttrzsnket szeretnnk ez ton is kifejezni. leljk : Sanyi Erzsi Gyerekek

  10. Kathy was a sweet person whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the Silver Sneakers classes. She was always so cheerful. I will miss her greatly.

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