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Community Mourns Passing of Yolanda Louwers, daughter of Rep. Grace Napolitano

Remembering the life of Yolanda Louwers.

Remembering the life of Yolanda Louwers.

By Brian Hews

Friends, family and community members will gather this with week to remember the life of Yolanda Maria Louwers who passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2013 after facing a brave battle with cancer. She was 56 years old.

Louwers is the daughter of United States Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano, and Frank Napolitano, and the wife of Harold Louwers.

A Vigil will be held on Friday, January 18 at 7 p.m. at Saint Linus Catholic Church in Norwalk at 13915 Shoemaker Avenue.

Burning candle

Burning candle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Funeral Liturgy will commence at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, also at Saint Linus Catholic Church.  Burial will take place at Rose Hills Memorial Park at 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, Ca. 90601.  A reception will follow at Sproul Reception Center (The Barn at Norwalk Park) at 12239 Sproul Street, Norwalk, 90650.

Yolanda, who also went by the nickname of “Yoli,” was born on July 21, 1956 in Brownsville, Texas.  She moved at a young age to Norwalk, California where she attended local schools, and graduated from John Glenn High School.

Yolanda had a tremendous passion for helping people, and a deep love for her family and countless friends and loved ones.

She was always by the side of her mother Grace Napolitano during many campaigns for public office and worked closely to her as a personal and trusted advisor in Sacramento and Washington, DC.  Yolanda also worked as an Executive Assistant for Real Estate Company for 16 years.

Yolanda is survived by her loving husband Harold Louwers; children: Christopher Gonzales, Michael Dyer and Kaitlin Louwers; sister Cynthia Dowling; brothers Fred Musquiz, Edward Musquiz and Michael Musquiz; parents, Frank and Grace Napolitano;  grandson, Christopher Frank Gonzales.  She is preceded in death by her father Fred Musquiz.

If you have a special memory of Yolanda, please feel free to share your thoughts at the end of this post.

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