The Pitz, McConnell, O’Keefe, Verpaelst and Fallou families are sad to announce the passing of their beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, Monique Huguette Pitz.
Monique was born in Hull, Canada, on Jan. 27, 1936. She passed away on May 3, 2016, at the age of 80, in Laguna Beach.
She is survived by her loving husband, Marcel Pitz, of 58 years; and her children, daughter Line and son-in-law Skip O’Keefe of Escondido, daughter Chantale and son-in-law Kim McConnell, son Dominic and daughter-in-law Lisa Pitz and daughter-in-law Julie Pitz, all of Laguna Beach.
Pitz was preceded in death by her son, Marc Pitz.
She is also survived by grandchildren Michael, Adrian, Nicholas, Nathan, Nolan, Taylor, Makenna, Mason, Anika, Mia and Karina; and great-grandchildren, Victoria, Valerie, McKayla, Harper and Charlotte. In addition, she has numerous nieces and nephews in U.S., Canada, and Europe.
For the past 38 Years, Pitz and her husband Marcel have run Dizz’s As Is Restaurant in Laguna Beach. The loving couple built this landmark restaurant serving fine continental cuisine in a 1920s quaint, shingled cottage. Through the French doors, Monique could be found greeting guests and seating them for dinner, while Marcel cooked in the kitchen.
Pitz enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, taking long walks in Laguna, especially in her neighborhood across from the high school. She was a skilled seamstress making tablecloths and curtains for the restaurant, and knitting blankets and clothing. A favorite pastime was working on French crossword puzzles and word searches that were sent to her by her sisters in Quebec. Over the years, Pitz enjoyed camping with her family and traveled the world with her husband.
Pitz was a treasured friend to many. She was adored by her family, friends, and customers and will be truly missed.
A celebration of life will be held for her at Victoria Beach at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 16. It will be followed by a reception at Dizz’s As Is.
Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Monique Pitz at alz.org by using the donation button, followed by the Tribute/Memorial donation.