Barbara Claire Loos, 77, died Monday, June 2, 2014 in Long Beach. August 28, 1936 - June 2, 2014 We will be celebrating her life on Friday June 6, 2014 at three events. Memorial Service at Faith Fellowship Church 8181 Moody St, La Palma, CA 90623 at 10:00 am. Graveside service 1:00 pm Rose Hills Memorial Park -Hillcrest Lawn (Burial Section 9 Burial Lot 1562 Gate 17) 3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 (562)699-0921. Join the family at a memorial party following the service at 2:00 PM at 9227 Sunglow St. Pico Rivera, CA 90660. Barbara asked that everyone wear red and celebrate her life and the great times we...
Barbara Claire Loos, 77, died Monday, June 2, 2014 in Long Beach.
August 28, 1936 - June 2, 2014
We will be celebrating her life on Friday June 6, 2014 at three events.
Memorial Service at Faith Fellowship Church 8181 Moody St, La Palma, CA 90623 at 10:00 am.
Graveside service 1:00 pm
Rose Hills Memorial Park -Hillcrest Lawn (Burial Section 9 Burial Lot 1562 Gate 17)
3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 (562)699-0921.
Join the family at a memorial party following the service at 2:00 PM at
9227 Sunglow St. Pico Rivera, CA 90660.
Barbara asked that everyone wear red and celebrate her life and the great times we shared.
In the summer of 1936 on August 28, a little girl came into the life of Frank and Myrtle (Millis) Nothem. The proud parents named their daughter Barbara Claire after her two grandmothers. She joined her six year old brother Donald. They lived on a family farm outside of town. Both her parents worked odd jobs when they could due to the depression. The family went to church on Sundays and found many ways to make their own entertainment.
Early in her childhood about the age of 3 they found she had poor eyesight and needed glasses. Very few pictures of Barbara exist without a pair of glasses pitched on her nose. The doctors also found she was anemic, so liver was a constant in her diet. The glasses and anemia never deterred her from doing all the things other children did whether inside and outside. Once she grew up though she never ate liver again.
Growing up in Minnesota the winters were and still are cold. She remembered bundling up to walk to school in weather most would say was Arctic. That may be why Barbara never liked the suggestion to move away from California once she came here. Her mother and father divorced when she was young. Barbara's favorite toy came from her new step father, Louis Vanderplaats who she loved dearly and lost soon after she was married. Through many years she kept the doll and grew a collection of others.
In 1952 her family decided to move to California to continue their electrician business in the thriving Los Angeles area. Barbara started Bellflower High as one of its first students. She met her first husband there and they dated during high school. A year after their 1954 high school graduation, they married on July 29, 1955. She waitressed at the PS Restaurant and he worked for General Motors.
After four years of marriage, they adopted their first child Michael Ray in 1959. This same year they moved into their first home 11935 Roseton Ave. in Norwalk. Soon daughters Darla Faye, adopted 1963, and Karen Kay, born 1966, joined the family. During their early childhood she worked for McMahan's Furniture Stores at many locations from Pico Rivera to Santa Ana.
Barbara and Harry divorced after 17 years of marriage. She soon married George Loos in 1973. George and Barbara spent 25 plus years together living in Norwalk, Whittier, Fremont and Downey, California. During their marriage and most of her children's teenage years Barbara worked at convalescent hospitals as a bookkeeper. She took her job beyond managing the books to help take care of the residents with small needs, parties, and so much more.
Her next career came after the kids were all grown. She moved into apartment managing for L'Abri. She managed two large complexes in Downey and Anaheim. While in Downey she lost both her husband and mother. She only retired at 75 from managing when her health would not allow her to work anymore at . Then she moved in with her oldest daughter and then to a skilled nursing facility, Marlora. At first when she arrived at Marlora she was almost running the place.
Barbara always found time for church, friends and family. She coordinated Sunday school classes, missionary bible school, weddings, baby showers, and so many other events at some of the churches she attended. When friends or family members needed a place to stay, a Sunday dinner, or just a friend to talk to in good or bad times she was there. Even until today many people outside of her own relatives call her Mom or Grandma.
She is survived by her children Michael Hefner of Lebanon, OH, Darla Wegener of Signal Hill, CA, and Karen Hefner Goldsholl of Bellflower, CA. Also her grandchildren Ashley Goldsholl, Seth Goldsholl, Brook Goldsholl, Alexander Wegener, and Candace Wegener. Not to be forgotten her two great grand children Amethyst and Samson. This list would be endless if it included the extended relatives and all the others she loved and mothered over the years.