Lorraine Christine Bechaver
Lorraine Christine Bechaver
  • February 6, 1928 - January 28, 2017
  • San Diego, California

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Lorraine Christine Bechaver

February 6th, 1928 - January 28th, 2017

Lorraine was born in National City, 6 February 1928. She was raised primarily in Chula Vista, where her parents, Mike and Norma, worked on a lemon orchard, and her Italian grandfather produced wine.

In 1942, the family moved into San Diego, where her parents became the owners and proprietors of Pacific Sundries, a shop with a soda fountain and lunch counter, along the old Pacific Highway, serving the needs of sailors and soldiers alike.

Lorraine graduated from Point Loma High School in 1946. Immediately after, she attended business classes at City College.

Due to her aptitude, she was chosen for a temporary position with Klauber Wangenheim Company, a food wholesaler and distribution company in downtown San Diego. It was one of the oldest surviving businesses in California at the time, second only to Levi-Strauss. Her diligence and commitment served her well, as she was promptly offered a permanent position with KW. Her dedication never wavering, she remained with the company for 33 years, until they closed their doors in 1980, driven out of business by the rise of the big box stores.

Instead of searching for work elsewhere, Lorraine decided to enjoy an early retirement at age 52. Forever loving to travel, the family went on several adventures abroad, and enjoyed road trips across this great nation.

Following the death of her mother in 1976 and her father in 1980, she continued to travel with her Uncle Pete Bechaver, until his death in 1988. Then she ventured out independently, continuing the tradition of traveling extensively first with friends, then finally on her own. She visited such exotic places as Egypt, India, Thailand, Tanzania, Chili, Australia, and especially loved visiting Italy and exploring the European Continent. She was planning a trip this year to Antarctica, the only continent she hadn't yet visited.

Lorraine still lived on the Loma Portal street in San Diego on which she had generally grown up, in a house she had called home for 66 years. She was but a girl when she started her career, so she has outlived many of her neighbors, friends, and colleagues.

Lorraine Bechaver passed away 28 January 2017, just a week before her 89th birthday, after a brief illness. She is survived by numerous cousins in Colorado and Texas.

Services will be held this Thursday 9 February at 1:00 p.m., at Sorrento Valley Chapel, El Camino Memorial Cemetery, in San Diego.