Mary Lou Chorneau, a near 60-year resident of Manhattan Beach, died quietly at her home on Nov. 7 from lymphoma. She was 78. A much beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Mary Lou's life sprit was characterized by boundless enthusiasm for the world around her and the many people that she loved. Born the youngest of six children in upstate New York, she was raised in Altadena and came to the beach as a young wife and kindergarten teacher. She was a devoted homemaker, whose priority was raising her four children - all boys. With her husband, she sailed, she skied; she kept a glorious garden and was often seen in later years riding her bicycle carefully along The Strand. She was a graduate of Occidental College; a teacher in the South Bay Unified School District; a member of the American Martyrs parish for decades; and once the managing partner of a family manufacturing business. She also kept a relentless vigil over those in need, a blessing that extended far beyond her sometimes wayward sons to include the likes of the Dodgers, the Lakers, tennis star Andre Agassi and even somehow golfer Tiger Woods. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard Chorneau, Mary Lou is survived by her sons Raymond of Blowing Rock, North Carolina; Peter and his wife Nancy of Sausalito; Tom and his wife Nita of Orangevale; Joe of Austin, Texas; grand sons Dylan and his wife Kristen; Nick and Noah; grand daughters Charlotte and Alice; and great grandson Aidan. A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the American Martyrs Church, 624 15th Street, Manhattan Beach. A reception at the church will follow. Donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in-lieu of flowers.

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