Claremont resident Jacqueline “Jackie” Stickels died November 16 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana of complications from a fall.
Jackie was born in Chino in 1935 to Elsie and Jack Elrod. She graduated from Chino High School, where she was active in athletics and was the president of Girls League during her senior year.
Longtime Claremont resident and fixture in local civic and political life Sally Spiegel Seven died November 8 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center following a heart attack. She was 89. Sally was born April 10, 1930 and grew up in Kewanee, a small city in northwest Illinois. Early on she revealed a sense of social justice when she refused to attend Sunday school after learning lower-income children were denied entrance because they could not afford the required nickels to pay for refreshments.
Reverend, champion for peace.
Reverend Ken Mitchell, age 89, a longtime resident of Claremont’s Pilgrim Place, died November 14.
He served churches in Michigan, Montana, Washington state and California. He took a special interest in counseling, and worked for justice and peace.
Activist, lawyer, educator, author.
Dorothy Brandt Davis, a native La Verne resident, died while napping at 1 p.m., Monday, September 30.
Dorothy was born December 8, 1929 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, followed shortly thereafter by her twin brother Daryl.
Traveler, bicycle enthusiast, seamstress.
Dorothy Gwendolyn Elwell died November 18 at the age of 89, surrounded by her loving family in a time of prayer, thanks and song.
Dorothy was born on November 24, 1929 in Long Beach, California to Lloyd and Constance Hendricks. She grew up with brothers Osborne and Robert. It was Osborne who brought home the friend who would become her husband, Charles Elwell, whom she married in 1949 after a six-week engageme
Artist and professor Paul Darrow died November 11 at his Laguna Beach home. He was 98.
Born October 31, 1921 in Pasadena, California to Frank and Ruth Darrow, his artistic talent shone through at an early age. By the time he was two, he scribbled rainbow colors from his box of Crayola crayons onto butcher paper, which was patiently unfurled by his mother onto the floor of their home.
Robert Wendel “Bob” Poling has died at the age of 94.
He had been a resident of Claremont since 1953, was an avid Claremont Wilderness Park bicyclist and an accomplished woodcraftsman.
He was also a lifelong weightlifter and body builder, and was late Claremont High School football coach Esper Keiser’s first weightlifting trainer.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Biere Snyder, a 41-year resident of Claremont, died November 7. She was 79. A lifelong Californian and a Claremont resident since 1978, Jackie was born to Charles Joseph and Eva Etta Biere on May 17, 1940, in Altadena. She grew up in Azusa alongside her older sister Barbara and younger siblings Judy and Chuck, and graduated from Monrovia High School.
Esteemed and beloved university professor, activist, author, great-grandfather
Donald William Bray, a Claremont resident for nearly six decades who taught political science at Cal State LA for 49 years, died October 17 at the age of 90.
Donald was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on July 17, 1929 to Gustav Wilhelm and Lorinda Nelson Bray. As a result of the Great Depression, he, his parents, his siblings, his aunt and uncle and cousins went to live with his paternal grandparents on their dairy farm in Ontario, Wisconsin. His early education was in a one-room schoolhouse.