Long time Redondo Beach resident Rachel Garcia Herpich, age 85, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2017. She was born January 5, 1932 in Gardena, CA to the parents of Ernestina and Alberto Garcia. Rachel was the fourth of seven children. Rachel and Martin Martinez had five children: Elissa (Bob), Pete (Cindy), Martin (Lee), Teresa, Dolores (Richard) and a step-daughter, Enriqueta Martinez. She worked in manufacturing and served as Lead Lady for companies like Farr Co. and JBL before becoming a homemaker in 1983. Rachel loved church, senior luncheons, her friends and family, including her little dogs and raising beautiful orchids. She loved to cook Sunday meals for her family; her specialty dishes for holidays with a houseful of family and friends were enchiladas and tamales. Those who knew Rachel will all tell you she was cheerful, loving, and would do anything to help her friends and family. Rachel's legacy leaves behind her 6 children, 12 grandchildren, 21great-grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. She was the epitome of kindness and selflessness. Rachel, we will always carry your memory in our hearts. A viewing/vigil will be held at Rice Mortuary on Torrance Blvd. in Torrance on March 29th at 7:00 PM with the Vigil at 7:30 PM. Rachel will be buried at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach on March 30th at 2:00 PM.

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  1. I will always have your love in my heart for you and can’t imagine my life without you. Until we meet again and thank you for being the kindest and most loving person I know.

  2. I knew you as Mrs. Martinez, who never seemed to mind that I was always hanging around your house with Terri. You were such a kind lady, but you also knew how to keep those 5 kids of yours in line. Thank you for all of the times you would give us rides down to the Pier so that we could go to the Czue to listen to the bands and go dancing. I know you are beaming with pride on your beautiful family you raised and will continue to watch over them. You will be missed.

  3. We know you are with our Lord. May God continue to bless you and our family. We know you are enjoying heaven with all his angels and saints. We will miss you Mom more than you know!!! God Bless you forever.

  4. Thanks for all you done for us all. Truly the Love of Christ in you. I will always remember you in my ❤. The Villanueva Family. Your nephew. Roman

  5. My deepest sympathy to your loving family. I lost contact w/ your beautiful mother. I’m Gloria Pagaduan Pasmant, Esther Pagaduan’s daughter. My mother passed away September 10, 2015. I’d like the family to know how wonderful your mother always was. I’m so sorry for her loss. My mother loved your mother so very much (my mom lived in Downey because of her decking health. The Martinez Family is in our prayers.

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