February 9, 1957 ~ December 1, 2011
Hermosa Beach, CA
Maida Caridad Bessler, a 30 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2011 in Hermosa Beach at age 54. Born in Havana, Cuba, Maida was a toddler when her family emigrated to the United States shortly after the Cuban Revolution. Maida was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church, a highly respected instructor at Los Angeles Trade-Tech Community College, and loving wife and mother of 3 children. After graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ, Maida moved to Southern California where she began a decade long career in the aerospace business as an administrator for TRW. She earned an MBA at Cal State Long Beach and teaching credential at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Seeking to make a more profound impact on people's lives, she transitioned to teaching as a profession, and taught at the elementary and college levels for nearly 2 decades up until the time of her death. Maida was proud of her Cuban heritage, and preserved the colorful language, food, and dance throughout her life. She enjoyed arts and crafts, the casual lifestyle familiar in the beach cities, the serenity discovered in nature while camping or exploring our National Parks, and a good movie from time to time. But her true passion was embracing her family and closest friends, and was her children's greatest cheerleader. A magnetic personality that touched so many lives, she will be dearly missed by all. Maida is survived by her husband of 22 years, Steven Bessler of Hermosa Beach, CA; daughter, Stephanie and sons, Alex and Derik Bessler; brother, Ernesto Martinez of NJ; and nephews Alex and Marcos Martinez of FL. She was a loving and dedicated daughter to her now deceased parents Graciano and Zoila Martinez. The Service will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Friday December 9, 2011 at 10am followed by a Reception in the Church Hall. Burial will be private at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Breast Cancer Foundation.