OBITUARY

Patricia Helen Van Pelt

April 10, 1944March 16, 2021
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A Beautiful Life...…

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Patricia Helen Van Pelt, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away at the age of 76.

Patricia (Pat) Van Pelt was welcomed into this world on April 10, 1944 by her parents, John and Edith Siemers. They were living in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the time where she would be the first of their four children. She was raised with much love, in a close-knit, Lutheran household with her two sisters, Anita and Kathy, and her little brother, Richard. She had fond memories of her childhood and she enjoyed sharing them with her family. She would describe it as being a much simpler time.

In 1955, her family moved to Culver City, California where Patricia would graduate from Culver City High School in 1962. She worked briefly as an ice cream clerk in a local drug store. That is where she met Ronald Van Pelt, her husband of nearly 60 years. They married on November 3, 1963 and together would raise their three daughters, Linda, Diana, and Donna, and their one son, Ronald. Patricia’s family meant the world to her.

Patricia was a devoted stay-at-home mom and housewife where she enjoyed her life as a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. As the matriarch of the family she loved to plan holidays and birthdays. She was a one-woman army in the kitchen. She would make all the food and bake all the desserts from scratch – and everything was delicious. When it came time to actually eat, she would just sit and watch others enjoy her food. Her goal was to please others. Making sure others were feeling good. That is what made her happy.

Patricia was funny and had an amazing talent for telling stories. The stories, of course, were usually about events in her life and typically revolved around the antics of family members. Her hobbies included cooking (always trying new recipes), sewing (there was always a button that needed reattaching or pants that needed to be hemmed), and keeping in contact with friends and family on Facebook.

Throughout her life, Patricia maintained her close relationship with God and as an active member of her church – was known for her kind heart and compassionate spirit. She cared about everyone and would selflessly put the needs of others before her own. She was truly an angel on earth who will be forever missed, but never forgotten.

Patricia is survived by her husband Ronald, her four children, her siblings, as well as, her eight grandchildren (James, Joshua, and Justin (Van Pelt), Jessica and Andrew (Hernandez), Ronnie and Katie (Van Pelt), and Danny Moreno), and her three great grandchildren (Avery, Cataleya, and Achilles).

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021

Memories

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Katie Van Pelt

April 20, 2021

Dear Grandma,

You were the most caring, selfless, funny, and sarcastic person I have ever met. You always made a smile light up on my face whenever I would visit you. Whenever I would come by your house you would always be at the dinner table, with your shopping coupons out and your list. You would always offer to head down by the wash and go to either Party City because of a holiday or someones birthday, or to go to Vons, and always we would go by what use to be Shave It and eat there. The things I would give to re-experience those moments with you. I don’t know how I will do this without you, but I know you will always be by my side. I love you with all my heart and I miss you.

-Katie(Tiencobear)

Anita Huber

April 11, 2021

I can’t think of my precious sister , Patty, without seeing a huge smile , or that little sarcastic grin that she has outwitted you somehow. She loved laughing and enjoying others...
Her ability to make friends, listen and share whatever was on your heart, and still find humor, warmth, and love in each conversation...
Being with her was a blessing and always left you wanting more..
The world has lost a beautiful, warm, loving angel...
Heaven has lifted her to the heights she has always deserved....she is free, she is happy, and her heart is still filled with love for her precious family....the one thing she treasured on earth and waits patiently to greet each of us as we join her in Gods timing..
Patty, you are missed and loved so dearly..
My precious sister... I love you...

Donna Hernandez

April 10, 2021

Ma,
Where do you start when your mother was such an amazing gift from god. There are so many things I am going to miss. The phone calls everyday. She would answer and I would hear dad in the background say “Who is it?”. She would say “Our favorite daughter.” On other days she would answer “Facelle!”. I can still here her saying that when I want to reach for the phone to call her, like I did multiple times a day. I called just to talk, to get advice with life or get help with one of her many delicious homemade recipes. Or my favorite..When I would call,no matter what time of day to let her know there was a high speed chase on T.V. She would say Ooh! Ok hold on let me find it! It was “Our little thing”.
Mom thank you for being such an amazing,caring and loving mother. You had a heart of gold. You were selfless and always put everyone before yourself. I will hold on tight to all the wonderful memories and cherish them forever in my heart. I know you are resting peacefully in heaven now. I will miss you tremendously.
I love you Mom!
Love,your daughter (Facelle)
Happy Birthday!

Elda Van Pelt

April 6, 2021

The best mother in law I could ever ask for. I still remember when I met her, I was so nervous but right away she made me feel comfortable. Come to find out she was also nervous of what I would think of her.
She took me and my son and made us part of her family. She was there for me when I had no one to turn to, and supported me like a mother would. She was there when my baby girl was born, and that is a memory I will never forget.... she was always there. She used to tell me I was her favorite daughter in law but I was her only daughter in law, we would always laugh about it. I am so lucky I got meet this woman and that we shared so many conversations and so many memories.
I love you and I will forever miss you!!
Your favorite daughter in law,
Lady El

Diana Van Pelt

April 6, 2021

My mother..... what can I say. She was my best friend. I could call her anytime and she would answer. If I was down, she would lift me up. If I needed words of encouragement, she knew exactly what to say. It's so hard to believe she is gone. I still find myself reaching for the phone to call her. Luckily, I feel her close to me. If I close my eyes I can still see her smile and if I listen really hard I can even hear her voice. She was an angel here on earth - a gift from God. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life and I hope I live to make her proud. She is being missed by so many but will continue to live on in the hearts of all who loved her. I love you, mom.