Lillian
Dathe, Lillian Kathryn Mom was born on July 4, 1932 in Vandergrift, PA, the middle child of Kathryn and Valentine Kocis. She was called home on April 9, 2008 at the age of 75 after a short illness. At a young age, the family moved from Vandergrift to Chicago, Illinois. Mom attended St. Michael's Grammar School and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in 1949. In 1952, Mom married our dad, John, at St. Michael's Parish in Chicago. Their union produced three children: Robert, Kathleen, and Tim. In 1967, the family left the windy city and settled in sunny California, spending a few years in Inglewood prior to a permanent move to Torrance, where Mom resided until the time of her death. She was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Parish. As a devoted wife and mother, Mom endeavored to provide a strongly religious and loving home for our family. She was our support as we grew into adulthood, asking only that we strive to do our best. Mom worked both in and out of our home and thoroughly enjoyed crocheting, cooking, and housekeeping. Her greatest pleasures came from sharing the successes that her children achieved. She remained devoted to Dad, whom she lost unexpectedly in 1990. Mom is survived by her children: Robert of Torrance; Kathleen Hefner (Lonnie) of Nampa, Idaho; Tim (Narda) of Murrietta; her sister Lorretta and brother Ted; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kathryn and Valentine, and her loving husband, John. Viewing will be Monday, April 14 from 5 to 9pm, with a recitation of the Rosary at 7pm at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10am on Tuesday, April 15 at St. Lawrence Martyr Church 1900 Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA. Interment will be at Roosevelt Memorial Park, 18255 S. Vermont, Gardena, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the American Heart Association.

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  1. Dear Cousins..Your tribute to your mother is beautiful. I especially enjoyed the pictures from your parent’s wedding. How wonderful to see them happy and so in love. Though it’s sad that your mom is gone, I smile to think of the warm reception she surely received from the huge “welcoming committee” at the start of her eternal reward. May the warm memories of her love and life embrace you, give you strength, and keep you smiling. Your mom was a wonderful, giving person..we will all miss her. Much love, Cousin Barb

  2. Mom, Your last week with us was very hard for you and I am proud of how you fought till the end. I will always cherish the fact that I was able to give you an extra week of life when I found you bleeding to death that tuesday night. I will miss you but never forget you. You are now reunited with dad, where you should be. Your loving son, Tim and family, Narda, Cynthia, Tiffany and Breanna “Boo Bear”.

  3. Bye bye Grandma-ma! Much love to you on your walk through the after life…now you can be back in the arms of your handsome prince!

  4. WELL GRANDMA, WERE DO I BEGIN. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND WILL MISS YOU. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES WE SHARED WHEN I WAS LITTLE TAKING MY BATH IN THE KITCHEN SINK AND PLAYING WITH MY DRAWER OF RUBBER BANDS. YOU GAVE ME SOME OF THE BEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF GOING OVER TO GRANDMAS AND GRANDPAS. I GAVE YOU THREE BEAUTIFUL GREAT GRAND CHILDREN THAT YOU CAN NOW WATCH OVER AND HELP GUIDE THEM IN THE RIGHT PATHS. I LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU FOR LIFE.

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