Mary Redwitz, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, died peacefully at home Nov. 19, 2013. She was 87 years old.
Beloved mother of three children, Randy, Tom and Ellen, Redwitz was the quintessential “Mom” and completely focused on the well being of her family. Her life’s passion was insuring her family was happy, and she did an excellent job at it.
Mary MacLaren was born April 2, 1926, in Pasadena. An only child, she and her family would visit Laguna Beach on vacations, renting homes in both Three Arch Bay and Emerald Bay. She loved the sea air and the beauty of the Laguna coastline. She attended UC Berkeley, developing a life-long love for reading.
In 1945, she married Robert (Bob) F. Redwitz and settled in Laguna Beach where they spent nearly 40 years raising their family. Her activities revolved around her kids’ lives and included driving the St. Catherine’s school bus when needed, running school field trips, planning barbeques at the beach and organizing ritual holiday parties for the family. She also was active in helping with functions at St. Catherine’s Church.
Redwitz was a devout Catholic and her faith in God gave her much strength throughout her life. She was eternally patient, and forever kind to people. One of her grandsons recently remarked, “Grandma is so nice you feel guilty not being nice enough in return.” But this was not the reaction she wished for, because she never wanted someone to feel poorly or be a burden to anyone.
Always active and her mind sharp, she worked for several Orange County businesses after the kids moved from home and her husband passed away. In recent years, and until the day she passed away, Redwitz worked with her son and daughter’s companies, Robert R. Redwitz and Company, and The GDR Group. She also loved to travel with her family and visited Italy and France within the last few years.
Redwitz is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. A funeral mass in her memory will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 5 at St. Edwards Church, Dana Point.