February 7, 1932 ~ April 27, 2011
Nadine Gloria Bateman, (1932-2011), beloved wife, mother, and friend, passed away at her home in Torrance, CA on April 27, 2011 after a hard-fought battle with cancer, surrounded by her family. Born Nadine Gloria Maljak in Detroit, Michigan, she was the only daughter of Theda May Mudge and Joseph Maljak. When Nadine was twelve, her mother passed away and she was taken in by her grandparents, Nellie and John Mudge. She spent her teenage years on their farm in Cass City, MI graduating from Cass City High School in 1950. While volunteering for the USO, Nadine met her future husband, David A. Bateman, while he was stationed in the Army in Michigan. They were married on February 2, 1957 in Venice, California. For the next 54 years they shared the California dream. They welcomed a son, David in 1959 and a daughter, Melinda in 1962.
A farm girl at heart, Nadine strove to live her life to the fullest; she loved cooking and created a beautiful home for her family and friends to enjoy. Her favorite pastimes were reading, swimming, dancing, singing, and traveling, especially cruises. In her younger years, she was a part-time lead singer for a few big bands. She passed on her love of music to her children who are now both professional musicians. Nadine was always great with numbers. When she decided to rejoin the work force in the 80's, she spent a few years working in accounts receivable for Dr. Pepper Bottling, then Hollywood Park, finally finishing her career at Seiko Instruments. Nadine spent her retirement years, actively helping out at the local women's assistance league, entertaining family and friends, traveling the world, and assisting her husband teaching line dance classes to large numbers of enthusiastic students.
Nadine is survived by her husband, David A. Bateman, and her two children, David and Melinda. Funeral services will be held at Saint Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th. Viewing and rosary service will be held on Friday evening, May 6th from 4-8 p.m. at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in her name can be made to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. http://www.mhopus.org.
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