Lucretia Irene Kusar, 91, of San Pedro passed away peacefully on August 20, 2023, with her daughter and granddaughter Amber by her side. Lu was preceded in death by her husband Donald Sr. and her son Donald Jr., and her daughter-in-law Lynn.
She was born in Long Beach on June 23, 1932, to Margarita "Mary" (Nizetich) and Nicholas Kuglis. Her mother immigrated into this country in the '20s from Brac Comiza, Croatia. Her father was of Croatian descent as well. Her parents divorced when she was a very young child and she was raised by her mother and loving stepfather, Paul Dobud. She attended 15th Street School, Dana Junior High, and San Pedro High School.
Lucretia married Donald on December 3, 1949, at the age of 17 in a ceremony held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Pedro. On February 11, 1951, they brought their son Donald Jr. into this world. Soon thereafter on October 1, 1953, their daughter Jeri Lu was born. They were married for 64 years. Her husband was a commercial fisherman and during his career he had numerous fishing vessels, including the "LUCRETIA K" named after his wife.
She was a stay-at-home wife and mother but always had a passion, a dream, to be a court reporter. Every night she would pull out the stenographer machine to practice by reporting the news in the living room. During those times women didn't always get to realize their dreams, and she was not afforded that opportunity, but she did inspire her daughter to fulfill her dream, living vicariously through her.
Years later that inspiration was passed on to her granddaughter Aimee who too became a court reporter. Lucretia was instrumental assisting in the opening of a court reporting business in the early '80s and would drive every day from Ventura County to Long Beach to run the office before moving back to San Pedro to take care of her elderly mother. She was amazing at details and worked in the office for 20 years before retiring. She was a member of the Dalmatian American Club, a member of the Ladies Auxilary, and the Women's Club of San Pedro.
She volunteered at the Assistance League for many years. She loved animals and rescued those she could. She would feed all the feral cats, the squirrels, racoons, skunks, possums, and any other critters she would find along the way. Her favorite color was red. She loved cheetah fabric. She loved the hunt, attending estate and garage sales in search of treasures.
She was a collector of fine crystal, china, beautiful antique furniture, clocks and silver and artifacts. She loved her family more than anything. She is survived by her daughter Jeri Lu Kusar; her grandchildren: Amber Estorga, Garrett Estorga, Jason (Maria) Kusar, Aimee (Anthony) Meyers; great grandchildren: Sloane and William Harris; Yvonna, Wyatt and Walker Meyers; Justin and Jaden Kusar.
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