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Louis James Ringler

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Louis James Ringler Obituary
November 22, 1938 -September 20, 2018

Louis James Ringler, age 79, of Hermosa Beach CA, went into our Lord's arms, on September 20, 2018, dying peacefully, with his family by his side.

Lou was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 22, 1938, the son of the late Theresa and Louis Ringler. He graduated from Mater Salvatoris Prep School in Blackwood, NJ, a member of the class of 1956. He attended Catholic University where he received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology, followed by a masters degree in Educational Counseling from Villanova University, and received a Ph.D in Psychology/Metaphysics from the International University of Metaphysics in 1996.

Lou was a loving and devoted partner, father and grandfather, and was a friend to many. He is survived by his beloved life partner of 35 years, Marianne Martin; his daughter, Michele (Tristan), son, Jason, daughter, Amber (Andy), and daughter Brandi; his sister, MaryJane (Patrick) McCloskey; Marianne's sons, Brian (Elizabeth) and James (Jana); two grandchildren, Emma and CJ; niece and nephew, Stacey-Ann McCloskey Odgers and Brian McCloskey.

Lou was a member of the Salvatorian Seminary. Upon completion of his studies, he taught English at Francis Jordan High School, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and then at Saint Katherine of Siena, in Philadelphia, PA, where he was principal of the CCD program, as the Director of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. He taught Latin and English at Bishop Neumann, in Philadelphia, PA, before going on to teach at Valley Forge Military Academy. Lou taught English and Latin at VFMA, was the assistant coach for the football team, and coached the wrestling team, which went on to win the League Championship in 1966. He transitioned from teaching, into the publishing industry, where he sold text books for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a multi-award winning sales representative, and eventually, the West Coast Regional Sales Manager.

In 1978, Lou and his family relocated to Thousand Oaks, CA., where he joined Bowmar Noble, as Vice President, and Director of the Educational Division. He later rejoined Harcourt, and then retired from the publishing industry in 1992, to start his own company, Innercalm Associates, with his son Jason. He wanted to explore ways of creating calm, and inner peace in the lives of others, and became a certified hypnotherapist. He used his skills, and knowledge of NLP (neuro linguistic programming), to create seminars for healthcare professionals, to help them better communicate with their patients. Innercalm has provided educational content and continuing education units for Chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals, for over 24 years. In doing so, he has met thousands of people, and has touched many lives.

Lou was an active member of American Martyrs Parish in Manhattan Beach, CA. He had deep roots in his Catholic faith, loved going to Mass, reading about the lives of the mystic saints, St. Teresa of Avila, Padre Pio, and the writings of Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. He was a volunteer for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), and helped mentor prospective converts to Catholicism. He started his day in prayer, reciting the Rosary, praying for the sick, and looked at each day as an opportunity to live out his faith and bring people closer to God. Lou was deeply passionate about life. He had a bright and radiant energy, and when you spoke with him, his presence made you feel like the most important person in the world. He had an incredible laugh, and found humor in the mundane. He was socially conscious, and cared deeply about making the world a better place. He loved coaching his kids' softball, basketball, baseball, and football teams. He found great joy playing with his two dogs and three cats, and always had treats in his pockets, for his animal friends. He was a voracious reader and debater, especially when discussing religion, philosophy and politics. Lou loved watching Turner Classic Movies, listening to classical and contemporary music, and attending concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. He was a huge sports fan of any team from his hometown of Philadelphia. He was so thrilled when his alma mater, Villanova, won the Championship Title this past year, and ecstatic, when the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

He lived life to the fullest, offering love, compassion and kindness to many, and will be deeply missed.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 1pm, November 10th, 2018, at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 624 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Monsignor John Barry of American Martyrs will be officiating. A reception will follow at O'Donnell Hall at American Martyrs. All are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lou's name to the Sisters of Charity, 28600 Palos Verde Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, 90275, Attention: Sister Virginia.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Oct. 18, 2018
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