February 27, 1927 ~ August 17, 2007
Palmarose Annette Sroka passed away at Torrance Memorial Hospital after a courageous 8 year long battle with Leukemia.
Palmarose was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was a resident of Cleveland, Ohio until moving to Los Angeles in 1940. She moved to Torrance in 1961.
Palmarose was first active as a musician and vocalist. As a teenager she played the accordion and sang at various WWII military hospitals. She particularly enjoyed the activity since it lifted the spirits of injured military personnel through a community song- fest. In 1948 she began voice lessons that led to professional vocal performances.
Her career included opera, show tunes, stage, radio and local and national television. She also made several USO tours to various military establishments during this period. In 1974 she retired from the music profession and enjoyed a career as an administrative assistant to departmental heads with the City of Redondo Beach and retired in 1989. In her retirement she spent many happy years with life long friends from her church and the city, working in her garden and traveling with her husband and family and babysitting her granddaughter. Her granddaughter brought her a great deal of joy and happiness and she was always thrilled by her call of "Grandma, I need help" and "Grandma can you help me". She was greatly loved by her family and friends. She will be terribly missed.
Palmarose is survived by her husband of 56 years Harry, son Michael, daughter-in-law Rosie and granddaughter Isabella Other survivors include brother, Stephen Notari of Westlake Village, numerous nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Pat TenEyck of Springfield, Missouri.
Please join us as we celebrate the life or our beloved Palmarose. Services will be held Friday at 1 pm St. Lawrence Martyr Church Redondo Beach, with reception following. A rosary is scheduled for Thursday at 7pm at St. Lawrence.
An endowment fund has been established to benefit St. Lawrence Martyr School. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Palmarose Sroka Endowment Fund in care of Bay Cities National Bank 1333 S. Pacific Coast Highway Redondo Beach, CA 90277 or charity of their choice. Checks should be made out to Michael F. Sroka.
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