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Maria Helena Polanco
Maria Helena Polanco, or simply "Maria" was born to parents Loren#231;o and Bibiana Rabbat on April 14, 1934 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Due to her father's sudden death at the age of 1, Maria experienced a difficult childhood. At age 17, Maria emigrated with her family to the United States of America where she learned to speak English, Spanish, and completed her education at Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles. On January 19, 1957, Maria married the love of her life Elfrego "Al" Polanco, and was blessed with four children Alfredo, Marisela, Victor, and Veronica. Maria worked at the Telephone Company, Parco, Max Factor Cosmetics Company, and for the Hawthorne School District. Maria enjoyed cooking all types of food and her husband, children and grandchildren received the benefit of her many culinary gifts. She deeply enjoyed many music genres. Throughout her life, her pastimes were watching Telenovelas, World Cup Soccer and global travel. Her most memorable trip was when they visited the Holy Land in 1999. It was Maria's greatest joy when she had the opportunity to be with her children and grandchildren. In her later years, Maria made a most important decision when she placed her trust in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is survived by her son Alfred Daniel Polanco, her daughter Marisela Eva Di Pietro (Polanco), her son Victor Hugo Polanco, and her daughter Veronica Cristal Mera (Polanco); her grandchildren, Albert Polanco, Sergio Di Pietro, Giorgio Mera, Gizelle Polanco, Giovanna Mera, Sofia Mera, Victor Polanco II, and Marco Mera. Maria's life was always filled with the Love of Christ, love of many, and she lived an adventurous, yet transparent and exciting life - Maria lived her life abundantly! In lieu of flowers please make a donation to St. Jude Children's Hospital. A Service will be held at Rice Mortuary on Tuesday April 9 at 9:30 am.Go to www.lafuneral.com for more information.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 6, 2013
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