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Family, friends gather to remember Beckie Mendez, wife of Norwalk Councilman

Remembering the life of Beckie Mendez.

Remembering the life of Beckie Mendez.

By Randy Economy

Beckie Mendez, the wife of Norwalk City Councilman Mike Mendez was laid to rest in a private burial on Thursday at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Beckie Sue Mendez, 58, was born in Bell, California on March 22, 1954 and passed away in Orange, California on January 10, 2013 following a lengthy illness.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Linus Catholic Church in Norwalk on Thursday.

The Most Reverend Anthony Gomez officiated over the ceremony that was attended by nearly 1,000 people.

Beckie is survived by her loving husband, Michael Mendez of Norwalk, her daughters, Lauren Marie (Joseph Anthony) Hernandez of Santa Fe Springs and Lindsay Michelle Mendez (Michael Aaron Borth) of New York, New York and her son, Michael Kyle Mendez of New York, New York.

She leaves her brother David Lee (Juanita) Rifkin of Henderson, Nevada and her nieces, Valerie Lee Condie of El Dorado Hills, Ca. and Disa Lee Rifkin of Dublin, Ca. and her nephew, Devin Lee Rifkin of Sacramento. She also leaves her mother-in-law, Sara Mendez of Norwalk, her brothers and sisters-in-law, MarioMendez, Eddie Mendez, Sandy Mendez, Ralph Mendez, Tony Mendez, Mark Mendez and Maria Wiest and many other nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions be made to the Beckie Mendez Arts Education Scholarship Fund via PayPal at [email protected] or mail to c/o 12407 E. Paiz Place, Norwalk, CA 90650.