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Maria A van Soest


1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Maria A van Soest Obituary
Maria A. van Soest, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Torrance Memorial hospital. She was born June 7, 1929 in The Hague, The Netherlands to Johannes and Alida (Thoen) van den Bergh.
Maria (Rita) was a dancer in The Netherlands. She loved tap, modern dance, jazz, ethnic dance; any type of dancing! She married Fred van Soest on December 10, 1955 in The Hague. Rita and her artist husband emigrated to Wichita, Kansas in 1956. There they had three children; Fred Jr., Perry, and Janet. They moved to Manhattan Beach in 1964 and Rita resided there for 54 years.
Rita was a very loving, caring, fun, funny, hospitable, "life of the party" gal! She and Fred loved to dance anywhere, anytime and usually ended up dancing the swing to Glenn Miller's "In the Mood"!
Rita adored children and would talk to any child she'd meet making them smile! Rita "Oma" was dearly loved by her grandchildren; Tiffany van Soest, Perry van Soest Jr., Jan van Soest, Anneka Brown, and Luke Brown.
Rita is survived by her son Fred van Soest Jr., and his wife, Kim Podlevski van Soest, her son Perry van Soest and her daughter Janet van Soest Brown and her husband Chris Brown.
Family and friends whose lives Rita touched are invited to a Celebration of Life and paddle out at 10:00am Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 4th Street beach in Manhattan Beach to reminisce, grieve, support each other and of course, "dance"!
Published in The Beach Reporter on Jan. 23, 2018
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