JIll Marie Meseroll

November 29, 1957December 13, 2013

Jill Marie Meseroll, 56, of Culver City, CA, passed away Friday, December 13, 2013. She was born to Robert C. Torvund and the late Jean Marie Villani, Nov. 29, 1957, in Denver, CO. Jill graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in music and played violin with the New Mexico Symphony. She then received a Masters Degree in Voice from the University of Southern California. She sang opera at Verdi Ristorante Di Musica in Santa Monica California where she met her husband Tom Meseroll, the bar manager at the restaurant. They were married June 21st, 1990 at Grace Lutheran in Santa Monica. After Verdi closed, Tom went back to school and obtained a Masters Degree in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA, while Jill worked as a book keeper. Their daughter Melina Marie Meseroll was born on July 8th, 1993 and their son Trevor Gene Meseroll. Tom went to work in the Aerospace Industry while Jill managed the household and led family activities at 5101 Randall Street. Jill always had a love for music. This continually manifested itself through singing. She instilled in her children a love of music, which she continually taught them. Jill belonged to the Santa Monica Tennis Club and played tennis almost daily. She was co-captain on two tennis teams on the Westside. She was an avid quilter, loved golf, and especially enjoyed spending time in the mountains of California with her family. She returned often to her birthplace in Colorado where she spent time with her family and friends, quite often spending time in Breckenridge. She and her family also spent time in the Western Sierras in the town of Murphys, where her Father and wife Sharon live. Jill was a survivor of Colon cancer. In January of 2011, Jill & Tom spent ten days in Italy traveling from Rome to Florence to Venice and finally to Milan to see Tosca at La Strada. Every year Tom & Jill host the McBride Magic & Mystery School party kicking off the international troupe’s week of performances at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Jill’s passing was a shock to all since she was in such superb physical condition. She had broken her wrist in two places while playing tennis. Before the corrective surgery even began, she had a massive aneurism in her brain. She never recovered and passed away at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Neurological Center surrounded by friends and family. Jill is survived by her husband: Tom Meseroll, her two children Melina and Trevor; her father and stepmother, Bob Torvund and Sharon Scott Torvund; brother Robert Torvund Jr., and sister Barbara Garzelloni & husband Dan and sister Robin Hassard & husband Charlie. The family is requesting that donations be made to the UCLA Health System Department of Neurology, Westwood Campus. A Celebration of her Life will be held from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. at the family’s home, 5101 Randall St., Culver City, CA 90230, (Phone 310-390-5007).


  • Memorial Service Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Bob and Sharon Torvund

December 23, 2013

Dearest Tom, Melina and Trevor. You know how devastated we are to have our daughter Jill gone. We will all miss her wonderful personality and what a great daughter she was to Bob. You know we will always be here for you guys.
We can all keep the wonderful memories we have of Jill. We love you guys and we will forever and ever miss Jill. Bob and Sharon Torvund, Murphys. CA

Nuna Bosler

December 20, 2013

Tom, Melina, and Trevor,
I'm sorry I was unable to attend Jill's celebration. I wish I'd had a chance to know Jill--she sounds like an amazing woman. Know that you are all in my thoughts, and you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. You will remain in my heart through the coming days, as loss is often so keenly felt during holidays, especially one so fresh and unexpected.

Curtis Ellor

December 18, 2013

Tom, Melina and Trevor,
An unimaginable loss and our hearts are so heavy and sorrowful for you and your children, good friend...
Neither Jim or myself ever had the opportunity to meet Jill, yet both of us were very close to you and your family growing up in New Jersey when we were young. For many years, we've seen how blessed you were to have met such a wonderful woman. Jill seemed to give you the purpose, commitment, direction and love to completely change your life and become a real success story that made both your family and all of your true friends so very, very happy and proud of you.

There were many pictures that I remember seeing through social media of Jill with your family but the one's that I'll remember most were with you camping in the wilderness...what a smile she had! She was a special lady with a fire that burned very brightly and will always be there in your hearts to guide and comfort you.

God bless her and may he give you, Melina and Trevor the strength and courage to carry on. Know that your friends and family will always be there to do the same.

Gillian Cook

December 17, 2013

Dear Tom, Melina and Trevor,

Jill's celebration was a great tribute to her and allowed you and other family members to exhibit the courage and grace you have shown throughout this shocking ordeal. Be strong - I know you are.

Sam Griffin

December 17, 2013

Tom, Melina and Trevor,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in the prayers of my family and I. I've only met Jill a few times; but I remember the beauty she carried with her that just infected those around her.

Scott Stowe

December 16, 2013

Tom, Melinda, Trevor, Karen and I want to express our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family. We pray that the wonderful memories of Jill as a wife and mother can bring peace and begin to heal your hearts.

Kuan Collins

December 16, 2013

Tom, Melina, Trevor, I'm sorry to have missed Jill's celebration today. I know it was a beautiful event just like Jill. You are all in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss...Comfort and peace to all of you as you remember your beautiful wife and mother. I'm so glad I had the chance to meet Jill at the SMC/MC Christmas Party in 2011. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
? A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Dana Curt

December 16, 2013

Tom and Family we are so sorry for your loss , We truly miss you all. I hope we can get the kids together as I know Jordan and Trevor had a great friendship when we lived closer, Please let us know if we can do anything to help . You will be in our Prayers. Dana , Kari and Jordan Curt

Nancy Greep

December 15, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss and her loss to her family and the local tennis community. I am out of town and will not be able to attend her memorial service

I always enjoyed playing tennis with Jill. She was an assertive player who never complained that I couldn't keep up with her.

Be comforted by the thought that she leaves many good memories behind.

Mimi Sirota-end

December 15, 2013

Dear Tom , Melina and Trevor , please accept my deepest condolences for your loss .
I will miss Jill an awful lot as well.
Even though we were just "tennis " friends for the passed 3 years , we got to know each other pretty well. I enjoyed her frank and no nonsense personality, as well as her passionate involvement in her tennis life. She always thrived to better her game and loved the competition. However through our many personal conversations, I realized that her number one priority was her family .
Tom , she spoke so highly of your work achievements and of how bright you are and enjoyed it so much when you got to play tennis together.
Melina, she was so proud of your academic achievements and your maturing into a beautiful woman and was always so excited and joyful when you came to visit from school.
Trevor, she had a very special bound with you, her youngest who shared her passion for the world of music. She was beaming when she recounted any of your piano performances and would say " my baby is growing up to be a fine young man ".
So rest assured that she is looking out for all of you fom up there and that her love for you will always be here in your hearts.
Eventhough the pain of losing her seem now insurmountable , in time your sorrow will go away to be replaced by warm and wonderful memories of your wife and Mum.
Like wise, I will never forget Jill and I know that her bright light is still shining up there in the heavens.