Vega, Rachel Dolores (1931-2009) Born September 20th, 1931 in Los Angeles and peacefully passed Friday, October 2nd at Torrance Memorial Hospital after a long, courageous, and dignified battle with esophageal cancer. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lived in the South Bay since 1956. Rachel is survived by her husband of 59 years Luis Antonio, her two sons, Edward R and James A, Gardena CA; three daughters, Jeannie Penner-More, Redondo Beach, CA; Norma Kaminski, Bellflower, CA; and Annette Ellis, Jacksonville FL; twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; sisters Carmen Lasseigne, Rowland Heights, CA; Rosemary Abreu, Torrance, CA; and brother, Javier (Harvey) Valencia, Lake Elsinore, CA; and countless friends and confidantes. She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Valencia, mother, Dolores Valencia, brother, Raymond Valencia and her son, Louis Antonio. Rachel had her hands in much of God's work; she was an accountant, entrepreneur, beautician, volunteer, catechism school teacher, foster parent, matriarch, and a cornerstone. She was owner of a neighborhood fabric store, The Sewing Circle, Rachel's Hairstyles and retired after 30 years in the industry as the owner of First Impressions in Torrance. She threw herself into volunteer and community works her entire life, most recently in the Roaring 90's club and Redondo Beach Sister Cities and as an active member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church. Mass will be held Friday, October 9th at 11 o'clock at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Torrance, and reception immediately following at Rice Mortuary in Torrance from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Please use this website, www.lafuneral.com for more information. Rachel is and will be dearly missed. Flowers can be purchase at Thrive Florist. You can make a memorial or tribute gift to Cancer Research.

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  1. I am sorry for your loss. The few times I was around your Mom I remember her as a kind and gentle person who was concerned about others. May your memories help fill the void in your heart.

  2. I am sadden to hear of Aunt Rachel’s passing. So many years since I have seen her but she and the family are always in my thoughts.

  3. i loved grandma so much and i still do to the world she might have been just a person to the world but to me she was the world her love leaves a memory that no one can ever take from me i remember when i was little and we used to play barbies she was my favorite person in the whole wide world and still is i can’t go a single day without thinking of her she was my mom and still is

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