Van Slyke, Mabel 11/25/1921 ~ 07/05/2013 SAN DIEGO -- Mabel passed away peacefully at home with her beloved family and friends by her side. She was born to Ray and Corinnne Christensen in the farming community of Osmond, Nebraska. Mabel graduated from high school at 16 and went to work in a bakery/restaurant. She met Dad in 1940 and they married in 1942. Dad was on the USS California December 7th 1941 in Pearl Harbor. He later died on the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Mom started and completed her job here on God's earth. She was not an ordinary woman, she faced the realities of life with joy and grace and many of them led uphill. Throughout the years she and Dad kept their family together and fed! Hard work was her motto. In 1968 she worked at Our Lady of Angels which started her illustrious career and finally retired at the age of 82. And now, after a long and very full life she has rejoined God and Dad who loved her very much. Mom is survived by nine children; Jane, Stan, Greg, Joan, Doug, Jeanie, Jeff, Brad , Mike, 15 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, brothers, Norman and Vernon and sister in laws as well as many nieces and nephews along with many friends. She will be greatly missed. Thank you, Mom, you will be in our hearts forever. Her Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in North Park on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., along with her Celebration of Life reception held immediately after Mass in the hall. She will join her husband at a private ceremony the following Monday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.