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Brenda Jean Czech

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Brenda Jean Czech Obituary
Brenda Jean Czech passed away in Torrance, CA on May 31, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. Brenda was born in Erie, PA on February 14, 1950, to John and Stella Czech. She was raised outside McKean, PA where she helped on her family farm from the time she could walk and talk to the time she left for college. She attended and graduated from General McLane High School. She went on to attend Edinboro College and graduated with her teaching credential in 1970. Brenda was married to Quentin Hargenrater, Jr. from December 1971 to 1980. Together they had two children: a daughter, Barbara and a son, Gregory. She returned to Edinboro University after the college's name change to earn a degree in computer science in 1984. Brenda moved her children to El Segundo, CA in 1986 in hopes of making a better life for them. She worked in the computer department at Paul Hastings Law Firm from 1986-1989. In 1989, she took a job at the University of Southern California at the School of Law and later, the School of Theater. This opportunity allowed her to pursue her doctorate in educational psychology at USC, which she earned in 2000. It also provided for an excellent education for her children. Brenda most recently worked at National University as an associate professor in the teacher education department and was lead faculty at the San Jose Academic Center. Brenda was devoted to her family and students. She often visited her children in Southern California and mother in Pennsylvania. She spent many hours outside work advising and helping the future teachers in her classes. She loved to read and enjoyed dancing. She even found time to volunteer over the years and was involved with Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots Program and acted as an elementary art docent at her daughter's school. She lived her life to help others. Teaching, both in the general sense and as a mother, was her passion. Brenda is survived by her children: daughter and husband, Barbara Hargenrater DePompei and Jim DePompei of San Pedro, CA; son and fiance, Gregory Hargenrater and Ashlie Cahill of Torrance, CA; mother, Stella Czech of Waterford, PA; sister, Anita Czech of Waterford, PA; sister and husband, Cecilia and Wayne Bahl of Linesville, PA; sister-in-law, Sylvia Czech of Saegertown, PA; also many loving nephews, nieces and her kitty, Stasha. She will be deeply missed. She is preceded in death by her father, John Czech, her brother, John Czech, and her beloved dog, Guy. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ASPCA or in Brenda's name. A private memorial will be held for friends and family. Please sign the guestbook for Brenda at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on June 18, 2011
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