Hayward, Noel G. Noel Hayward, 89, and a 61-year Torrance resident passed away at home on October 18. Noel was born in Lakewood, IL and served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the Torrance Elks Lodge No. 1948. Noel is survived by Anne, his wife of 64 years, and by his sister Ruby (Leonard) Wheat and brother John (Rovene) Hayward of Illinois. His two daughters Patty (Gene) Koester and Noeline (Howard) Elexis both live in Torrance. There are three grandchildren: Steve (Sandra) Thompson of Santa Barbara, Scott (Claudia) Thompson of Foster City and Erin Elexis of San Diego; and three great-grandchildren: Riley, Dylan and Isabella. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 21, 2007 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at White and Day Colonial Chapel with a Vigil service at 7:00 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church, 1900 S. Prospect Ave., on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. with reception following. A family burial service will be Tuesday at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. In lieu of floral tributes the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Our hearts are with Aunt Anne and family.Every time I think of Uncle Noel I remember him letting me swing on the spinning clothes line and him keeping an eye on the kitchen window so Aunt Anne would not see me.I remember the meals he would eat at grandma Skube’s house during the holidays and the awesome school house he built for Noeline in the backyard(probably the most time I ever spent in a class room)and look what Noeline did for a living! I loved the stories of the ship yard where he worked,anything in or around the water always intriged me.But most of all I will always remember that smile and laugh he greeted you with everytime we were together. Your Loving Nephew, Bob Uncle Noel will be missed by all of those who knew him and loved him. When I came into the family I will never forget the great big “Bear Hug” I got from him.:) When my mother ended up in the emergency room while working in CA Uncle Noel picked me up from the airport and got me to the hospital quickly. I sure enjoyed being chauffeured in that “Big Cadilliac” of his! He always made everyone feel so special. Everything about Uncle Noel was done in a big way and the biggest thing of all was his heart that he generously gave to all.

  2. Just to let you know that you are all in out thoughts and pryers. We are long time friends with Ruby & Leonard Wheat. GOD Bless, MyongSuk & Roger Bower

  3. Dear Anne, and the rest of your family. Donna (my wife) talked with Ruby yesterday and learned that Noel had passed. Please accept our condolences as we are thinking of you today. I have two distinct memories I’ll share. The first, only includes Noel. It was probably 1937 or 1939 and Bertha Ellis (my mom), and her three kids, Austin, Ruth and myself, were visiting during the summer. With four extra people in the house sleeping routines got mixed up. So one night when Noel came in after everyone was in bed he found his usual place occupied, so he climbed in with his mother. I’m not sure who awoke first, but the next morning at breakfast everyone was laughing at how Noel and Bertha spent the night together. It was a year or more later when Anne and Noel were on their way to California and they stopped in Kansas City to visit. I was quite attracted to Anne (in todays talk she would be called a hottie). While I don’t remember how long they stayed with us I do remember they parked their car in our backyard and as Noel was backing out onto the driveway the drivers front wheel ran over dads toes. Strange, what memories come back.

  4. Dear Anne and Family, Our Deepest Sympathy to you on the loss of Noel. Anne, I know we have not been in touch much over the years but I remember it like it was yesterday when you and Noel stopped at our house in Kansas City on your way to California. Ruth Ellen Ellis Frantz

  5. Something always went wrong when Uncle Noel visited and he would fix it! He was such a sweet,dear man. He has always been a special person in my life. I will miss him. From:”That Haley kid!” Love to all of you.

  6. Uncle Noel was a fine person. He was always smiling and ever so kind too me and my family. He was a wonderful example of a nice gentleman. I so happy, we saw him last year. I wish we lived closer and could visit more often. I am also glad that my son Keegan and his wife Karen visited him this last summer. Speaking of which we had long summers in his garden in Torrance for many years of my childhood. We enjoyed his fruit trees, mainly the oranges and grapes. Uncle Noel took us to one of his favorite place to eat Knotts’ Berry farm’s chicken dinner. I will miss him. Love and Kisses, Renee

  7. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to Anut Anne, Patty and family and Noeline and family. The visit’s I could count on to Illinois every other year as I was growing up, those memories are priceless. Will always remember his beautiful smile and his beautiful head of white hair, those waves and curls. Such a wonderful person, but God needs these people in heaven, too. Love you all. Nancy & James

  8. Uncle Noel was a very special man. He was a wonderful person and had the cutest sense of humor. I always looked forward to seeing him. One time we were watching home movies at his home and I was in the picture as a 2 year old and I was then probably in my twenties and he said “Look she still has her baby fat”. When my daughter was a teenager she met Uncle Noel and couldn’t believe he had such beautiful hair at his age, he chuckled “Here give it a pull” and she did and was she surprised! I was so lucky to have Uncle Noel and I have only the fondest memories of him. I think he had a very pleasurable and full life and was a great husband and father. He really made a mark on those who knew him.

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