Norbert
Gesquiere, Norbert Marcel, a 65 year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2010 in Torrance. Born in Allen, Indiana, Norbert was 75 when he died. Norbert was a member of Elks Lodge #1378, PER. He enjoyed woodworking, reading, and was a fan of the Detroit teams: the Tigers, RedWings, and the Lions. Norbert is survived by his wife, Mary Gesquiere of Manhattan Beach, CA; son, Mark Gesquiere of Tucson; daughter Suzanne Kordich of Idaho; stepson Joe Reed of Dallas; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brother Robert of Bay City, MI; sister Goldie of Warren, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Suzanne Gesquiere; and his first wife Betty Jo. A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Mortuary Chapel in Manhattan Beach on Monday February 1, 2010 from 4 to 6pm. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City January 2 at 11am, followed by a Reception at the Redondo Beach Elk's Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ENF Elks Lodge #1378 for local scholarships.

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  1. Such a Great man, we where lucky to have him in our life. You will always be in my heart and I will see you every where I go with fond memories. We love you.

  2. A man that would’nt let my son play on the pool tables at the Elks that let him do what ever he wanted not long after that! Thank you for all of the wonderful fun filled times and memories that we had with you and Mary. You will forever be in our hearts. We love and will miss you so very much!

  3. I was always very glad to see Norb. Somehow he always made me feel happier. I think that was one of the gifts that he had. I will not be able to enter the Redondo Lodge without thinking about him.

  4. Mary, Norbert will be so missed by so many. Just know your always in our hearts, and we love you both. Grizz and Lisa

  5. There are no words to express the empty feelings I have. He was a great friend, mentor and fraternal brother. He was a true ELK and he practiced and lived the guiding principles of our Order. Norbert will never be forgotten. Peace be with you.

  6. Dear Mary, We are very sorry to hear of Norb’s passing, and so wish that we could be there for you. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. We send our love to you and your family.

  7. You will have a special place in my heart ALWAYS and FOREVER! You will be missed. You touched so many peoples lives!!!! XOXO Love Your grandbaby, Sarah Rochelle Gesquiere

  8. Norb was a great person and I will miss seeing him down at the lodge. I love you Mary and try to stay strong, until you meet again. Ginny G.

  9. I have known Norb as a co-worker and friend for almost 50 years. During that time, I don’t remember him ever having a negative comment about anybody, no matter how big a jerk they were. He was a good and thoughtful man! Pam and I will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his family. God rest his soul. Lou and Pam Fetzer

  10. Such sad news. We really enjoyed Norb and the happy times we spent with him and Mary at the Redondo Beach Elks. He will be missed. Our love to Mary and the family.

  11. Norbert will be greatly missed. I considered him to be one of my dearest friends. We had a lot of good times at the Elk’s Lodge and during his visits to Oklahoma. Norbert loved to sit in a rocking chair on our porch, sip on a cold one and watch Mary cut okra and pick tomatoes from our garden. We love you, Norbert.

  12. Dear Mary, My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I know how much you loved Norbert and I can only imagine what you must be going through right now. Norbert was one of the kindest, wisest, most thoughtful people I’ve ever known. I’ll never forget last year at the croquet party when he and Stony had me and some others laughing so hard. What a great person he was! Even though I haven’t been to the Elks in a while, I miss you and please know that I’m praying for you and your family. I know that you have the strength in you to move on and I want to remind you that I’m here for you. I’d like to spend some time with you, so I’ll be in touch and when things settle down with you, I’d love to visit. Hang in there Missy.. Take care, Love, Lynne

  13. Dear Mary, With much sadness I pray for you and your family and hope that you will know/feel the LOVE & Support that comes with this message. Norb will be missed by many as he was LOVED by all who knew him. May God’s presence be felt and comfort you in this time of sadness. Pam *Super Bowl Sundays at the lodge will never be the same without Norb & his pools….

  14. Norb was one of the first people we met at the lodge. Truly the first to extend his love and unique brotherhood and fellowship to us. We are honored and grateful to have had you both in our lives. Mary, we love you and will do whatever is necessary to help you in your time of need. Regrets and Love, Karen and Steve Oates

  15. My dearest Mary, words can not express the sadness I have for your loss. I will remember Norb as a quite, kind, sweet, and very funny man. He will surley be missed. Love Tammie

  16. We are deeply saddened by Norb’s untimely death, and we extend our deepest sympathy to this family. Norb, along with Lou Fetzer, shephered the Garrett Corporation with strength, integrity and dignity through a period when the company needed his steady hand most. Everywhere that Garrett’s employees, customers and suppliers looked, Norb was there – championing what’s right. We are all better for having worked with him.

  17. Norb was a wonderful person. We will all miss him. We are so glad to have known both of you and remember the fun we had when Norb was ER. You both will always be in our hearts and prayers.

  18. Dear Mary and family, I, too, am a Mary Ghesquiere living in Manhattan Beach (in the Tree Section). Sincerest condolences. I have Ghesquiere relatives in California Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Belgium, but was unaware of other Ghesquieres here. It is a rare name to come across. I have never met any Ghesquieres who were not related. It would have been nice to have met Norbert. He was obviously a lovely man. Sincerely, Mary

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