Obituary Notices and Memorials


HERTNECK, Hope Gurba
HERTNECK, Hope Gurba After a lengthy illness, Hope, 87, passed away quietly on April 12, 2014, in Lancaster, California. She was born April 27, 1926 and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, the daughter of the late Manuel and Maria Escobar Garcia de Alba. She was the last surviving child of nine siblings. In 1943, she married Peter Gurba (1909-1967) and moved to the United States. She and her dear Peter were the parents of Norma Gurba-Kleit, Palmdale, Rebecca Gurba, Riverside, Gloria Lamont, 1946-1989, Henry Gurba, Long Beach, and Robert Gurba, Santa Maria. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Kerrie, John and William 1974-1989 Lamont, Desiree Gurba and Elizabeth Ramirez, Myriam, David and Yasmin (Naomi Weinstein) Gurba; as well as seven great-grandchildren, Gloria Alcala, Jonathen, Julianna, Steven and Madison Lamont, Moshe Weinstein, and Benjamin Ramirez. During their marriage, Hope and Peter lived in Tucson, Ariz.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Guadalajara, Mexico; Los Angeles and Norwalk, Calif. The family lived in Norwalk for many years. In 1981, Hope married the late Robert (Bob) F. Hertneck 1912-1997; they lived in La Mirada and Whittier. In addition to being a full-time mother, she later became a Red Cross volunteer and in 1975, she participated in Operation Babylift, when Vietnamese children were being evacuated from Saigon, the falling capital of South Vietnam, for asylum and adoption; some of these infants were brought to Long Beach. Hope often reminisced about so many crying children all yearning to be held. She later worked at the Downey-based Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center/ Hospital dietary department, and then owned a furniture store with her second husband, Bob, in Artesia. Hope was a voracious reader; she enjoyed reading her magazines and daily newspapers from cover to cover. She was an artist, an excellent seamstress and cook, and could never bypass a swap meet, garage sale, or a good thrift store. She loved music from the big band era, the Lawrence Welk TV show, and always had to be home to watch 'Dancing with the Stars.' One of her favorite activities was taking her beloved dogs for neighborhood walks. Having always loved the desert, Hope moved to Palmdale in 2007 to live with her daughter Norma. She had a great time engaging in all the varied activities held at the Palmdale and Antelope Valley Lancaster Senior Centers with her friends. The family wishes to thank the supportive staff at Prestige Assisted Living and the Antelope Valley Care Center for the care and compassion they provided our mother. She will always be loved and missed by her family and friends. Services will be held at the Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier at 11 am, Friday, April 18, 2014. Viewing will take place from 5 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, April 17, 2014. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Humane Society or a similar animal rescue organization.

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