Kelly, Pearl Bernice A resident of the beach cities for over 73 years, Bernice died Monday, April 7, 2008 of natural causes. Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, October 17, 1913, she moved to California in 1921 and to Hermosa Beach in 1935. A long time member of the retail food clerks union, Bernice worked at the early "open front" Safeway Markets on Pacific Avenue in downtown Redondo Beach and at the Pier Avenue Safeway in Hermosa Beach. She was subsequently employed at Edwards Market in Manhattan Beach, Borders Market in Torrance and Ray Steed's Food Mart in Redondo. She was also employed by Redondo Office Supply, Ingar Nutrition in Manhattan Beach and Lindberg Nutrition at their first Del Amo store. Over her many years of serving her customers, she will always be remembered for her efficient and courteous demeanor and cheerful laugh. Along with her love of reading, she found great joy and excitement in her frequent trips to Lake Tahoe and Laughlin. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Victor: son, Jim Schumacher of Hermosa Beach; daughter, Gayle Reed of Torrance; granddaughter, Gina (Frank) DeRosa of Hermosa Beach and close great granddaughters, Ashleigh and Alison DeRosa. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jean Kutzleb; son, Arthur Schumacher; sisters, Elizabeth Pierce, Juanita Vandiver, Doris Underwood; brother, Lee (Ruth) Settle of Long Beach and the recent passing of her daughter-in-law, Alle Schumacher of Hermosa Beach. The family wishes to extend their thanks to Trinity Hospice and especially to The Canterbury staff members who cared for her with kindness, dignity and respect. Services will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Saturday April 19, 2008 at 11:00 AM. A Reception follows in the Lighthouse Room at the mortuary. Private Graveside services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. Bernie and Vic got married a month after we did in 1962. She was a perfect match for Uncle Victor. They had a wonderful life together; both so devoted to each other. Bernie was young-at-heart and had a great sense-of-humor. She was so proud of her lovely family. We will miss her but cherish the memories.

  2. Victor, Gayle and Gina, I am so sorry that I can not be there saturday. My thoughts are with you all. If you need anything, please call me. Love, Marie Blanco and Family

  3. I have many fond memories of my aunt “Bernie”. A lady with class. I can’t remember a time whenever I saw her and Uncle Victor together that they weren’t holding hands. A true love story. She will be deeply missed. My love to the family.

  4. Bernice was my best friends (Gayle) mother so guess you could say she was like my second mom from Junior High through High School. A wonderful person and will be missed very much.

  5. Walter Wilt, Bernice’s ex husband was Myra’s stepfather and Gayle’s dad. I met Bernice and Gayle in 1956 when my mother Mary Jo married Walt. Bernice was a fiesty lady with a jest for life and she lived most of her life healthy. I remember meeting Victor and thinking he was a great partner for Bernice. She will be missed by her family and friends.

  6. My Aunt Bernie had no problem speaking her mind. When I was just a youngster she was able, with just a few words, to teach me the importance of respect for other people. I’ll always love her for that. My heart is with Victor and Gayle and the rest of the Family. The Peace of God be with you all.

  7. Bernice had a zest for life that was immediately apparent. My mom moved in next door to Vic and Bernice about 17 years ago. Better neighbors could not be found. Even though my mom died less than a year after moving into the house on Camino Real, a bond was established. I moved in subsequently. Bernice was like a grandmother to my son when he was born. I loved visiting with Bernice. She was so bright and cheerful and quick to show me the newest pictures of her family she was so proud to have. We talked about politics and news and every day life. She gave me a wonderful prospective on life. I’ll always remember Bernice as a caring, classy woman. God bless you, Bernice. You were one of a kind.

  8. Grandma, Even though we were never that close I will miss you very much. you were always a true lady and I always wanted to be just like you.I love you and one day we will be together. always your grand-daughter Anna Bernice Sheets

  9. So many memories. Bernie graced us with her humor, compassion and lively spirit. She was such a loving partner to my brother Victor – the two of them together lit up a room. How we will miss her.

  10. Dear Miss Pearl, From the moment you arrived in the Care Center, I fell in love with you. You brought so much joy to my day at work. You showed all of us such compassion and grace. I was so honered to be with you and your family at the end of your life. Thank you so much for all the precious moments we had together. I will carry you in my heart forever. Donna Myers

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