Artist, pianist, special education paraprofessional. Robert Grigsby, Jr., age 71, died Sunday, August 18 at home. He grew up in Temple City, California, and was a 1966 graduate of Arroyo High School in neighboring El Monte.
Gwendolyn Lytle, who led a distinguished career as a vocal soloist and college professor at the University of California, Riverside and Pomona College, died August 22 in Claremont, after a courageous battle with liver cancer. She was 74.
Beloved sister, aunt, colleague, teacher and friend, her life was dedicated to family and education. Her musical performances included operatic roles, art songs and, her specialty, Negro spirituals.
Longtime resident of Claremont Katie Selke died at home July 12, surrounded by her family.
Born during the Depression in rural Texas, she lived through the howling windstorms of the Dust Bowl era. In her teen years she moved with her father and paternal grandmother to Lubbock, Texas.
Some of her fondest childhood memories were visiting her mother’s family on the farm and listening to her grandfather play the fiddle.
Reuel Peirsol Witherell, also known as “Rudy,” died at home in San Clemente on July 13.
Reuel was born April 6, 1928 to James and Cleda Peirsol of Pomona, where she grew up and in 1946 graduated from Pomona High School.
She married the love of her life, Frank Witherell Jr., on June 1, 1951, after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in kindergarten primary education. On their first date, at Santa Barbara’s Miramar Hotel, a palm reader told them they were “born lovers.” This proved true in their 66 years of marriage.
Margaret K. “Peggy” Brown died peacefully on July 25.
She was born December 15, 1931 in Chicago, the only child of James and Margaret Brown. She spent her younger years in Chicago and San Antonio, Texas, before the family moved to Long Beach, California.
Peggy graduated from UCLA in 1953 and assumed a position with the Los Angeles County Probation Department in the child welfare section.