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February 11, 1923 - June 13, 2015 Regina was born in Lippspringe, Germany, the middle child of Franz (Frank) and Maria (Ashauer) Schrewe. Regina moved to the Glendale area at the age of five, and lived the rest of her life in Los Angeles. In the early 1950s, while attending UCLA, she met and then married Harry Gelpar, with whom she lived happily for over 50 years until his death on March 11, 2006. After graduating from UCLA, Regina became a teacher, and taught English and History for several years. Regina and Harry enjoyed the sport of thoroughbred horse racing, and owned successful horses for many years. Regina's greatest joy throughout her life was her family, with whom she remained close even when geographically distant. Her late (younger) brother Bernie and his wife Lucille's six children Larry, Stephanie, Greg, Valerie, Jeff and Laura, gave Regina countless great nieces and nephews, and even great-grand nieces and nephews. Her late sister Hildegard and Hildegard's late husband Otto blessed her with their daughter Linda, who, together with her husband Ed, was a most important part of Regina's life for over 60 years. Linda was like a daughter to Regina-they traveled together, including visiting Regina's cousins Mia Schurmann in Germany and Elfriede Schmitz in Pennsylvania, spent time together and truly enjoyed one another's company. Regina was also loved and survived by many of Harry's relatives, including niece Chellie (Joe) Wise, great nephews Sam (Ellen), Steve and Jeff (Marissa), and great-grand nieces and nephews Ryan, Max, Allie, Samantha, Batsheva, Chana, Penina, Salome and Ilana. Finally, Regina is survived by Sandy (Bob) Hobbs, who has been part of the family for over 45 years. Regina's life will be celebrated in a memorial mass at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on July 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 3 to July 9, 2015
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