Lenehan, Mary K. Sep 21, 1959 - Mar 13, 2009 Mary Lenehan passed away peacefully in her home on March 13, at the age of 49, after fighting cancer for a year. Mary was born on September 21, 1959, in Spokane, Washington, to John and Anne McNett. At the age of five, she moved to Salinas, California, where she grew up, along with her two brothers and two sisters. She went to college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she graduated in 1982 with a Bachelors of Science in home economics and a teaching credential. While there, she met her future husband, Patrick, and they got married in her hometown of Salinas in 1983. They moved to southern California and lived in Torrance for the last nineteen years. Mary taught fifth and eighth grades at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic School, during which time she went to school at Loyola Marymount University to obtain a Master's degree in education with a reading specialist credential. She then taught reading and life management in the Torrance public schools. Mary enjoyed walking, reading, and crocheting blankets. She was very active in her parish community at St. Lawrence Martyr, participating in many ways in liturgy, fundraising, and outreach. Mary is survived by her husband, Patrick, daughters, Kristina and Jessica, parents, John and Anna McNett, brother, Mark McNett, sisters, Lisa Regester and Lori Royos, and brother, Chris McNett. A vigil service will be held Tuesday, March 17 at 7pm, and a Funeral Mass Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm, both at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church, 1900 S. Prospect Ave. , Redondo Beach. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The American Cancer Society ( or Room to Read (

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  1. Dear Patrick, Kristy, and Jessica, We are very sorry for your loss. Mary was a beautiful woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gloria, Ed, Andrew, Valerie and Gregory

  2. I have neither seen nor spoken with Mary for many years now, but my memories of her sweet charm and gentleness are still fresh in my mind. I knew her as a schoolmate at Madonna, the sister of my friend, and the loving daughter of one of my family’s neighbors in North Salinas. She was always a joy. My most sincere condolences to her parents, her brothers and sisters, her husband and her children.

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