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Kay (Tornbom) Zahn

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Kay (Tornbom) Zahn Obituary
Kay Tornbom Zahn peacefully left this life on Tuesday morning of November 14, 2017. Her caregiver/daughter was by her side. The only thing that mom loved more than her family was her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Alzheimer's took her memory of who most of us were, but it never diminished her knowledge of who Jesus is.

Mom was very proud of her humble beginnings having been born in 1930 as the Great Depression ravished the country. In her last years of life, she would talk about growing up with horses and cows. Whenever you gave mom a glass of milk, she would say "my daddy taught me how to milk cows". Mom never realized being just a young girl at the time that her daddy did not own the farm, he was just a farm hand.

Her dad would do whatever he needed to do to provide for his family. Her dad even worked on Civilian Conservation Core projects repairing roads and bridges. The Civilian Conservation Core was a program set up by the Federal Government to put improvised men back on a payroll. Her dad built a homemade trailer to pull behind their old station wagon so that the family could stay together as he traveled from one Conservation Core project to another.

As a young child living out in the upper desert area of California, mom along with the other students in her one-room-school house were able to watch as the TV actors would film western movies in the Vasquez Rocks. We have an old black and white photo of mom and a group of students with some of the TV actors.

Mom, who is a Los Angeles native moved to Redondo Beach with her family when she was 13. Mom helped start North Redondo Chapel. Mom was a very proud Redondo Beach Sea Hawk. RUHS class of 48. She met the love of her life Roy Zahn in Mr. Hernandez's art class. Her daughter Victoria RUHS class of 70 and her son Chet RUHS class of 72 had the same art teacher. Her daughter Laura RUHS class of 71 had the same Home Economics teacher as mom. Mom would say…that teacher was OLD when she had her. Mom stills owns the property in North Redondo where her husband and her dad built and designed the house where she would raise her three children.

In here last two years of life, her daughter Laura would take "Kay" out into the Redondo Beach community where they would distribute flyers promoting SAVE OUR SEA (SOS) from the big over development project along the waterfront. Many people remember "Kay's beautiful smiling face and her orange wheelchair. When Rescue Our Waterfront (ROW) became the "opposition group" to Supersizing our Harbor, Laura and Kay joined their ranks. Laura and Kay went all over the 5-Districts gathering 7-Signature Books for Measure C.

Once again, "Kay's" beautiful smiling face and her orange wheelchair made a big hit with all of you folks that we interacted with at the; Dog Park, the Farmer's Market, the Elementary Schools, the Parks and the Pier. Mom loved being around people and she so much enjoyed all of you.

Mom leaves behind her legacy: her two daughters, Victoria Zahn-Wood (Bob) and son Ethan Zahn, Laura and her sons Malachi and Matthias Keddington, and son Chet Zahn (Cathy Box) and their sons Andrew RUHS class of 2000, Adam RUHS class of 2002, Austin RUHS class of 2007, and her great granddaughter KaiLee Keddington who she adored.

A small family service will be held at the cemetery on Friday December 15 and a CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be on Saturday December 16 from 12-2:00 PM at El Toritos on the Pier (See Notes Below)

SO, that those of you who remember "Kay" who perhaps was your Sunday School teacher at South Bay Bible Church, or you may have sat next to her as she cheered on her basketball playing grandsons OR at a Harbor Commission or City Council meeting where mom would sit in the back row and chat and chat with you AS the meeting was going on. Thank you for your polite patience at those times.

• Kay's family will host a Taco Bar Buffet which will include; Beef or Chicken Tacos, Enchiladas, a Mexican Cesar Salad, Rice, Beans, Flan and non-alcoholic drinks. Come when you can leave when you must.
• Please use the entrance by the outside patio on the second level. There is an elevator located under the overhang just past the Chiro Shop.
• In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be made in "Kay's" name to the Friends of the Dog Park for a memorial bench.
• Any questions please contact Laura at [email protected]
Published in The Beach Reporter on Dec. 14, 2017
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