Helffenstein, Patricia Anne, a 43 year resident of Santa Clarita, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 in Los Angeles. Born in Syracuse, NY, Patricia was 67 when she died. Patricia was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach, CA. She is survived by her son, Mark (Kelley) Helffenstein of Santa Clarita, CA; her grandchildren Malayna and Jake Helffenstein, her sister, Sharon Tyner of Kentucky and her brother Paul Perl of Syracuse, NY. She was preceded in death by her mother, Henrietta Perl and father, Norman Perl. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday, October 16, 2009 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. The funeral service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 9:30 A.M. A reception will follow in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room until 12:30 P.M. A Graveside service will follow at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Gardena at 1:00 P.M. Patricia was a mother to all and touched all who knew her. We will always love you and you will always be in our hearts. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. You were bigger than life, a giver of major proportions and a hoot and a half to be around! I am really annoyed with you for leaving and will work on trying to forgive you! I will miss you my friend! Love, Louise

  2. To the family of Patricia Helffenstein. There are no words to adequately express my sympathy to the family for your profound loss. She will truly be missed by us all.

  3. I haven’t seen Pat in years, but I will always remember her laughter and sense of humor. I will miss Pat dearly. I send my love and prayers to the Helffenstein family members.

  4. Thank you to all who have posted a message to us. We miss her so much, words cannot describe how much we love her and cherish all the time we had with her on this earth. Christmas was her favorite time of year and I have done my best to continue her spirit in our home. Our children miss and cry for her all the time. I tell them she is with our Lord now watching over us. She will continue to live on through my husband and our two beutiful children. Thank you mom we love and miss you very much!

  5. I talked with Pat about a year ago concerning out 50th highschool reunion coming up in June ’10. We laughed and carried on like we’d just seen eachother…not the 48 years separation. Many an afternoon, we crossed that cold and icy bridge over the Seneca River in Baldwinsville, NY. My heart hurts to know you’re gone. What a funny, crazy gal you were…my condolences to your family. Margaret Cobourn John

  6. I have just learned of Pat’s passing today from Margaret. I corresponded with her last Fall for the first time in 48 years. Our e-mail was full of laughter and that certainly captured Pat. How wonderful to leave a smile on everyone’s face when you are thought of. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Thanks for the smiles Pat. We all need more of them. Sarah

  7. I, too, reconnected with Pat last year via e-mails. They were always upbeat and fun to receive. I was SO looking forward to seeing her at our 50th class reunion in 2011!! Myheartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and friends. May our special memories of her always bring smiles!! Love, Bonnie

  8. Saddened by the news about your loss thru M. Coburn….. Pat was a school friend in Baldwinsville, New York and we recently, thru the school reunion site had e-mailed each other….and “caught up” …..was so looking forward to reuniting with her at the reunion!

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