January 5, 1932 ~ March 19, 2017
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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