Lucy Alice Erlandsen

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Erlandsen, Lucy Alice, a 56 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 in Torrance. Born in New York, NY, Lucy was 90 when she died. Lucy was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Torrance where she taught catechism for almost 20 years. She was a devoted wife and homemaker for 60 years. Because of her love for the community and helping children, she found enjoyment from 1970 to 1975 as a Crossing Guard for the City of Torrance Unified School District. Her creative passions were writing poetry, singing, playing the piano and organ. She was very devoted to her Catholic faith and was an active member in the Legion of Mary prayer group. One of her favorite pastimes was inviting the grandchildren over, eating ice cream, and watching movies. Her favorite male actor was Glenn Ford and female actress Loretta Young. Lucy was the youngest child of 13 siblings. She is survived by her son, David (Nancy) Erlandsen of San Dimas, CA; daughter, Mary Harrington of Palm Springs, CA; son, Michael (Patty) Erlandsen of Santa Maria, CA; daughter, Catherine (Dan) Strohm of Torrance, CA; daughter, Rita (Adam) Mihaly of Haiku, HI; daughter, Theresa (Ivar) Berg of Gardena, CA; son, John (Kelly) Erlandsen of Torrance, CA; 13 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Catherine and Martin Vodinelick; who immigrated from Austria circa 1900, and her husband of 59 years, Harold from Zahl, North Dakota. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Tuesday October 7, 2008 from 5 to 9pm with a Vigil Service beginning at 7:15pm. The Service will be held at the Risen Christ Chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City on Wednesday at 11:30am. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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  1. Im saddened to hear of the loss of your mother Lucy. She was a loving person and such a character. My most vivid memory is her folding clothes before putting them in the dryer when we all camped at White Bear Lake in Utah. Find happiness that we’ll see them all again one day. Love, another ND cousin Mary Hinsverk

  2. Dear Cousins: You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother is one aunt who will never be forgotten. When I think of Lucy, I just have to smile. She has left memories for me over the years and brought love and laughter to our family. Becky Erlandsen Knutson

  3. Don and I along with our 6 chldren and 11 grandchildren pray that the wonderful memories of Lucy will live forever. God Bless

  4. Dear California cousins, Kevin and I were saddened to hear of your mothers’ death. I hope she passed away peacefully and free of suffering. I can see her up in heaven now wearing her pink puffy slippers and singing. And walking hand in hand with your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Love from your North Dakota cousins, Julie and Kevin Eide

  5. Extending my sympathy in the death of your mother. May God bless her memory. We shared many happy times together while Harold and Einar were alive.

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