Patricia Ann Gerend, 80, of Torrance, California, loving Mother and Grandmother, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 13, 2014 at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Born on March 8, 1933 in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Anna and Richard Hayes, will forever live in her family's hearts. Patricia retired from Northrop after a 20 year career and then enjoyed her active retirement years volunteering for local senior citizen organizations and community centers. She loved entertaining, spending time with her friends and family and going on casino bus trips. Patricia's bright presence could light up any room and she always knew how to make people laugh. She is survived by her three daughters: Gayle Hepperle, Gwen Gonzalez, and Cheryl Adler and seven grandchildren: Shelley Alvarez, Scott Hall, Brandon Hepperle, Matt Adler, Erica Hepperle, Aaron Gonzalez, and Lindsay Adler. Patricia was also blessed with three great grandchildren: Mikayla Alvarez, Madison Alvarez, and Kylie Hall. She will be deeply missed by all. The viewing will take place Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. A memorial mass will be held at St. James Parish on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:00 am. En lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association at in memory of Patricia Ann Gerend.

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  1. Ron and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Pat Gerend. She was always full of life and her amazing spirit will go on. God Bless all of you and know she will live on in all our hearts.

  2. Pat Gerend will be remembered and loved as our best friend. We had many good times together and enjoyed our gambling trips and game nights with the Ladies of La Verne. Enjoyed great dinners and dances at the American Legion Hall. We will miss Pat and the good times and express our sympathy to her daughters and family. God Bless you all,
    Love Joe and Shirley

  3. Pat will always be mom Gerend to us.Always could make us smile. A pleasure to be around any time of day.We know the heavens had open arms for her.God bless her and her daughters which are like sisters to us.Our Love In Christ, Karen and Randy Bearns

  4. Tho I only met Pat a couple of times, she was a lovely lady may her soul rest in peace. You raised 3 great daughters
    god bless
    The Haskell Family

  5. A bright star has gone out here on earth, but the heavens have gained an angel. Mom, I love you and will miss you, but know that you will be forever in my heart and mind. Thank you for all of the wonderful traditions you left with all of us. These will go on with your daughters, grandkids, and great grandkids. These will be special gifts you have left with us all. I appreciate all of the love, kindness, and support you have shown me and my family over the years. You will not be forgotten…as you truly are “unforgettable”. Love, Daughter #3 Cheryl

  6. This is such a beautiful tribute to her. As I watched what I noticed was how each one of her daughters resembled her in some way. A smile, a gaze of the eyes, the way she tilted her head, etc. She lives on through all of you girls. She was so blessed to have such a loving family of daughters and grandchildren. May God bless all of you during this time.

  7. I’ve known the family from my adolescence and am so glad that we reconnected on Facebook. So glad Pat got to reconnect with my Mom who is 95 yrs. young. They were real young together. We’ll always love this family.

  8. Gayle, Gwyn & Cheryl,

    My condolences on the loss of your Mom. I have many fond memories of Pat and
    the barbeques she used to host at her house during the summer. She was a
    great friend and I will miss her laugh and her stories. Know that you are all
    in my thoughts and prayers.

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