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Juanita Meller


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November 7, 1928 - March 1, 2016 Juanita Meller was born on November 7, 1928 in Toronto, Canada to Rhoda and Leo Martyn. She moved to Los Angeles at age 19. She married Gerald Meller at San Fernando Mission in 1951 and first lived in Culver City, moving to Torrance in 1960. She passed away peacefully due to complications from a stroke in the company of her family on March 1, 2016. In 1965, she became involved in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), the religious education program of the Catholic Church. Juanita was asked to begin administration of what is now known as the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress held in Anaheim. Juanita also acted as President of CCD at St. James Church in Redondo Beach. Her exploration of faith led to her involvement with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and ultimately she became the Executive Administrator of SCRC, the Southern California Renewal Community, in 1985. In 1990, she became the first female lay chaplain at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. She created and instituted a training program for lay chaplains, and earned a Master's Degree in Pastoral Counseling in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Theology in 1998. Juanita continued to provide many educational services at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach, including as leader of their Bible Study Group, participating in the Pastoral Care Program and serving as a Spiritual Director. She is predeceased by her husband, Gerald Meller, son Roger Meller and brother John Martyn. She is survived by her daughters Karen Henricks, Carol Knapp and Catherine Meller, nephews Steven Martyn and Donald Martyn, grandchildren Matthew Henricks, Sara Rhyne and Timothy Knapp, and great grandchildren Branden, Trevor and Michael Henricks and Madison Rhyne. Services will be held Friday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Catholic Relief Services or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 11, 2016
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