Longtime Claremont Colleges professor, author, family man; Claremont resident Joseph Anthony Maciariello died peacefully on July 1st with his family by his side. He was 78 years old. Joseph was born December 1, 1941 in Troy, New York, just six days prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor and our nation’s entrance into World War II. He was the proud son of immigrant parents Lorenzo and Raphael.
In the 1960s and ‘70s, Jan Robertson always owned a large station wagon. The wagon was convenient for hauling the occasional bookshelf or bicycle, but its main purpose was to ferry people—usually her two sons and their friends—to basketball games, soccer practice, trips to the mountains, outdoor concerts and so on.
Beloved husband, father and grandfather; Stephen Edward Schneider died June 16 at San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland at the age of 73, with his wife Sheila by his side. He will be remembered most for his loving heart and unending dedication to his wife and family, neighbors and friends.
Founder of Gourmet Gourmet, Freemason, Rotarian; Former Claremont and current Upland resident Sven Olof Lingstrom died June 16, with his family by his side, of complications related to Lewy Body Dementia. He was 80.
Donna Myers Ambrogi, beloved aunt, great aunt and friend, died peacefully at her Pilgrim Place apartment in Claremont on the evening of June 8, after an illness of several months.
Born in 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Donna moved with her family to Huntington Park, California in 1941. After her junior year in high school, she entered the University of Chicago, where she earned her bachelor’s degree and later a master’s in social sciences.
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother
Kristen Jane Hagstrom, beloved wife of Stephen W. Hagstrom, mother of Erik Rand Hagstrom and Britta H. Numair (George), and grandmother of Olivia Numair, died March 5. She was 68.
Loving husband and father, mentor, entrepreneur; William “Bill” Keith Guptill, loving husband and father, friend and mentor to many, died peacefully from natural causes at Claremont Manor on June 4. He was two months shy of his 90th birthday.
Beloved mother, grandmother, longtime San Dimas librarian; Mary Noonan, 88, beloved mother and grandmother, died May 25 at her home in Palm Desert, after a brief illness. At her side were her daughter, Theresa, and her son-in-law, Art, who had cared for her since her retirement from the San Dimas branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library.
Arbol Verde founding family member, longtime CUSD employee; Longtime Claremont resident Mary Palos died May 7, after suffering a subarachovial hemorrhage and contracting COVID-19 while in a rest home. She was 105. Mary Molina Palos was born on May 30, 1914 in Parras, Coahuila, Mexico to Benjamin Molina and Guadalupe Monsivaiz. Mary’s father died of the Spanish flu in 1918 when she was four years old. Her mother and seven older brothers came to California and settled in Artesia with family members and moved to Claremont in 1921.
Proud Minnesotan, Lutheran minister, Bard lover, traveler; Lowell Larson died peacefully of natural causes at age 95 on May 10, in Claremont. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and Lutheran minister. Lowell was born in LacQui Parle County, Minnesota, on October 22, 1914. He married Helen Akerson on April 28, 1946, and they had five children and 47 years of marriage until Helen’s death in 1993.
Great grandfather, car enthusiast, pilot; Longtime Claremont resident John Proffitt died suddenly at home on April 30. He was 72. John was born October 26, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri. He came to California when he was 16 and never left.
Beloved mother, grandmother, educator. Patricia Ann (Patti) Brant, beloved mother and friend, died April 30, in New Haven, Connecticut. She was 74. She was born December 14, 1945, in Long Beach, California, to Opal and Ralph Thayer. Patti lived in Upland and Mt. Baldy most of her life. After graduation from Upland High School and The University of La Verne, she went on to become a respected science and home economics teacher in the Alta Loma School District.
Peace and civil rights activist, educator; James Joseph Lamb, aged 92, died May 15 at Pilgrim Place retirement community in Claremont. He was born in 1927 (the same year as Charles Lindbergh’s famous transatlantic flight) to a working class Irish Catholic family in the Bronx in New York City. Jim’s youth was spent in the Bronx’s City Island and in Riverside, New Jersey.
Suzanne Hall Christian died surrounded by loved ones on May 5, of complications related to a rare and longstanding neuroendocrine cancer.
Born in Hollywood, California to Gertrude and Pierson Hall, Suzanne was raised in Santa Monica when the now decidedly urban locale was primarily fields and farms.