May 29, 1947 ~ May 2, 2011
Melinda Uhler Cotrufo May 29, 1947 â€“ May 2, 2011
Melinda died from complications related to diabetes at her home in Torrance, Monday May 2, 2011. She was born in Los Angeles, to Milton and Marilyn Uhler, the first of three daughters. Melinda graduated from Palos Verdes High School, a member of its Charter Class, in 1965, and was a three year varsity cheerleader. She took part in every school activity she could fit into her schedule. Drama, dance and yearbook, were a few. She went on to obtain a masterâ€™s degree in English and Communications from CSU Dominguez Hills, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Her biography was published in the National Deanâ€™s List 1984-1985. Melinda spent her entire career as a teacher with the LA Unified School District, the last 30 years at Lomita Math & Science Magnet School where she excelled and was loved by her students and all the other teachers. Melinda taught and mentored many of our fine teachers. She also worked nights at Dominguez teaching future teachers the art of teaching 5th grade science. Melinda was an avid gardener and horticulturalist (she had a very green thumb) and a long-time member of the Neighborhood Church, where she taught Sunday school. Melinda is survived by her mother Marilyn Uhler Wolf of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; sisters Melissa Ohlsson of Las Vegas, NV; Marcine Aniz Uhler of Costa Mesa, CA; half sister Carolyn Petruconis of NE; â€œadopted sisterâ€ Britta Latto; grandchildren Lauren McPeak, Darci Cotrufo and Jacob Cotrufo, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Christopher and Jason Cotrufo and her half sister, Elaine Kiefer of Omaha, NE. Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at the Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Melinda Cotrufoâ€™s name to either Lomita Magnet School or Neighborhood Church.
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