Martin, Kathleen E. a 60 year resident of Lawndale, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 9, 2006 in Lawndale. Born in Tulsa, OK, she spent her early years in Wisconsin before moving to Southern California in the 1940's. Kathleen was a very active 90 when she died. She retired as a floor supervisor from JJ Newberrys in the South Bay Center (now the Galleria)after 15 years. Kathleen was a long time member of St. Catherine Laboure church and worked diligently to help improve the school. She joins her beloved husband of 58 years Edward, son Richard, and several brothers and sisters in watching over her family. Kathleen loved her family, her garden, video poker, and jaunts to Las Vegas. She is survived by daughters, Karen Martin and Deborah Barker. Kathy was the beloved grandmother of Jack, Corrinn, Mandi, Erin, Christopher, and Kelly. She was the world's greatest great grandmother to Emily, Ashley, Eddie, and Alexandra. A gathering of family & friends will pay their respects on Thursday June 15th at 11:00 A.M. with a service beginning at 1:00 P.M. at Pacific Crest Cemetery Chapel in Redondo Beach. Interment will follow the service at Pacific Crest Cemetery.

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  1. Mrs.Martim probably chased me and my friends out JJ Newberrys back in 1967-69 as we loved to ride her Esculators…and visit “Doc” the Myna bird downstairs..god keep you Mamm..

  2. It’s taken me awhile to write this but here goes. My mom was not only my mom but my friend and I miss her terribly. However her pain has ceased and she is now with her beloved husband and son, and her Evy and Hattie. When mom passed I told Dick and Dad you’d better watch out she’s a coming. Lately she had been saying that she has to get up there because Ed’s doing something he shouldn’t be doing. So Mom I’m happy for you but sad for us. There have been many wonderful memories with my family, Christmas’s were always very special, however since dad passed the memory that stands out most to me is when we took her to the Anaheim Angel Playoff and World Series games, she had more fun than you could ever imagine. At those games the fans enjoyed watching her more than the game, her and her thunder sticks (clackers she called them) She popped around 4 differents sets of them and everyone just kept handing her another when she popped it. There is no replacement for Mom, Dad, & Dick but Debbi, myself, Aunt Mae, and the rest of the family have fantastic memories that no one can ever take away from us. Mom you mean the world to us and always will, in so many different ways.

  3. Auntie Kathy was my great aunt. I really only met her a few times, but she left a lasting memory from when she visited WI back in the early 1990s. We had a family reunion and all I remember is how impressed she was with Piggly Wiggly. Of course I was probably a about 10 years old, but even to this day, my sister Lynn and I always smile when we pass a Piggly Wiggly.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Kathy’s family and friends. I will miss her. She was like a mother to me when I lived in her home and she was great friends with my own parents. I remember all the camping trips and the Christmas cellebrations. She will always have a special place in my heart.

  5. In the quiet moments,when the hurt is hard to bear,may the love become your shelter and may the beauty of precious moments be your comfort. You are held in gentle thought and prayer. Love Anna

  6. Aunt Kathy was the example that the rest of us might try to live up to. Her values were true and her morals were strong. Her home was warm and we were always welcome. Her table was plentiful and you had to have a plateful. Holidays at Aunt Kathy’s were very special. A fine blend of Santa Claus and the Christ Child. Eight reindeer and three Wise Men. Jingle Bells and Silent Night. I imagine Uncle Ed was in charge of Santa, high atop the roof of the front house….. Aunt Kathy loved the Baby Jesus and the Nativity scene was always in the front yard for the holiday season. The flocked holiday tree in their living room always had a mountain of gifts. No one left Aunt Kathy’s without feeling the true spirit of Christmas. What wonderful memories I have of the houses on Avis Avenue. Rainy winters. Sunny summer afternoons with a ballgame on the radio in the garage and the smell of fresh cut lawn. Uncle Ed and Aunt Kathy’s home seemed like the center of my Universe when I was young. I miss those days very much. I miss Uncle Ed. And now…Aunt Kathy as well. There must be an Avis Avenue in Heaven. Hope to see you there.

  7. Aunt Kathy was one of a kind. Fond memories from her visits to Wisconsin and she was a gracious hostess when we came to California. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, friend and Aunt and was loved by all and her spirit will remain with many. May she rest in peace and join Uncle Ed.

  8. We didn’t see Aunt Kathy very often. When we were kids, mom (Lorraine Herrmann) took us to California and we would be with Aunt Kathy and Karen & Dick. Aunt Kathy always had a smile and it always made you feel good. I will miss her trips back to Wisconsin.

  9. Kathy was our friend and the best second “MOM” We Could ever ask for.We will always remember the way she shook her finger at us when we were being brats and the smile that followed. She’ll be in our hearts always and words cannot say how much we will miss her.

  10. To my grandmother: My favorite childhood memory. I will love you always, and you will always be in my heart!

  11. I have very fond childhood memories of time spent with Aunt Kathy (and Uncle Ed). Waiting anxiously for their big green and white camper to arrive at my grandparents’ farm each summer. Going to the cottage at Tichigan Lake. She and Uncle Ed always welcomed visits from the Wisconsin relatives and made us feel like special guests in their home. Aunt Kathy was loving, giving and full of energy. I will miss her dearly, as I do Uncle Ed. I send my sympathy and love to the family.

  12. We have very special memories of Aunt Kathy and Uncle Ed. I’m sure they are having a great time with all of their friends and family in heaven. Our memories are many, especially the summer Kathy & Ed came to Wisconsin and stayed at the Tremaine Homestead for a month. We played cards, went gambling, entertained relatives and just reminisced about old times. Sitting on the front porch hearing about their lives when they lived in Stone Bank was one of my favorites. What a giving, sharing, and loving person Aunt Kathy was. We will never forget her graciousness while visiting their home in Lawndale. Our sympathy to her family. May you each never forget her valued contribution to your families. Love

  13. Aunt Kathy- I always called her Aunt Kathy and she wasn’t even my aunt. She was a long time neighbor on Avis Ave and the great-aunt of my best friend. She was small in stature, but strong and mighty. She always greeted me with a high pitched cheery hello and invited me to take time to smell the flowers. There was never a time she didn’t make me feel like part of the family. My most recent and probably one of my fondest memories of her, was from just a few months ago, when I had the opportunity to sit next to her at her 90th birthday party. To sit and listen to the wisdom of a 90 year old woman, what a treasure. In my lifetime of memories, Kathy made a huge contribution, one that I will cherish forever. Until we meet again…

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. She was so full of life, I have fond memories of her growing up. She always treatd me as one of her own grandkids, and I loved her. I am glad god let her wishes be answered and that she is now with grandpa and Dick. I am thinking of all of you. Jackie

  15. WWMD – What Would Mom Do That has always been my measure and will continue to be. When I stick to that and see it through it always works itself out for the best. When I don’t and everything is falling apart around me, I always sat back and knew in my heart that I should have run it by mom. It will always be there, a little voice giving me guidance and I promised her that I would try and listen much closer. It is rare, especially in this day and age, to find someone with such unconditional love and good old common sense. She will be missed deeply. We should all be comforted by the fact that she was ready to leave us – to check up on my Dad, my brother, and all those she loved so much and missed deeply. Dad, Dick, and Hattie were up there just waiting for that fourth person so they could start what is sure to be a marathon Sheepshead and Canasta tournament. There will always be a void, but it will slowly fill up with wonderful memories, lessons learned, and love shared. I would say that she will be missed more than she could ever know, but I am sure that she does in fact know.

  16. kathy was my 1st sister-in law and was always there to help with laurel. GOD’ speed dear Kathy and give my love to Don June

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