Beloved husband, father and grandfather
Richard D. Anthony died July 5, 2020 at Claremont Place Assisted Living Residence. He was the stepfather of Kathryn Nasiali and the stepfather-in-law of Opanyi Nasiali.
Richard was born in Stockton, California to Wilfred and Ruth Anthony. During his youth, his father taught him how to hunt and fish—recreational pursuits he enjoyed throughout his life. As an adult he also mastered carpentry and playing the bagpipes.
Great-grandfather, longtime DPSS director, US Army veteran, tennis enthusiast
Donald Eugene Brown died peacefully on July 10, with his wife by his side. He was 92 years old.
Donald was born in Harlem Hospital in New York City on June 6, 1928, the fourth child of Robert W. Brown, Jr. and Edna Marie (Crawford) Brown. His family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he grew up surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Author, storyteller, pilot, sailor, trucker, therapist, priest, chaplain
Christopher S. Rubel died peacefully on March 7 in his Claremont home surrounded by his family. He was 87 years old. Those who knew Chris knew his greatest joy in life was being able to stay connected to family and friends near and far. After serving in the US Air Force during the Korean conflict, Mr. Rubel worked as a long-haul truck driver while in school, and the love of travel by land, and then by sea and air, stayed with him all of his life.
Longtime Claremonter, innovative Glendora schoolteacher, grandmother; Eleanor Rose Records Henry, a 38-year Claremont resident who taught at Washington School in Glendora for nearly as long, peacefully breathed her last in Los Angeles at the age of 92. “She was beautiful. She was smart. She was funny. But more than anything she was kind,” her family shared.
College dean, professor, sports car enthusiast, traveler
Beloved husband, father, and grandfather Jerome “Jerry” Garris died peacefully at home on June 27 with his wife and two sons by his side. He was 81 years old.
Jerry was born in San Francisco on January 13, 1939, to Irene Adams and Basil Garris. He grew up in San Francisco, Napa and Palo Alto before moving to Medford, Oregon with his family, where he graduated from Medford High School in 1957.
Longtime CUSD superintendent, educational innovator, volunteer, traveler; Former superintendent of Claremont Unified School District Richard S. Kirkendall died June 26 at the age of 93. He was born December 14, 1926 in Los Angeles, the oldest of six children. He grew up mostly in the Compton-Lynwood area during the Great Depression.
Surgical nurse, grandmother, traveler; After many years of declining health due to chronic lung disease, Ilene Bonilla died June 15 at the age of 78. She died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Ilene was born July 19, 1941 in Youngstown, Ohio to Lewis and Katherine (Nestor) Pusch. After graduating from Chaney High School, she pursued a career in nursing, graduating from Choffin Vocational School of Nursing in 1963.
Beloved son, father, grandfather and friend; Louis Wichhart, 83 years young, died June 30 in Claremont. Beloved son of Alverda Wichhart, Louis grew up in Fairfield, Iowa. After moving to Pasadena, California, “Lou” worked in civil engineering for the major firms Jacobs, Braun, Parsons and Fluor Daniels.
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother; Susan Martin, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died June 10 at her home in Claremont after a year-long battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 73. Susan was born July 2, 1946 in Stockton, California, the only child of Ralph and Rosalind Watson. They lived in several places throughout California and Las Vegas before moving to her mother’s home state of Hawaii in 1953 and settling in Honolulu.
Pioneering Catholic theologian in Christian-Jewish relations and Holocaust studies
Eva Fleischner, beloved sister, aunt, great aunt and friend, died peacefully at the Pilgrim Place Health Services Center on July 6 after a long illness. Born in 1925 in Vienna, Austria to Felix and Gabriele Schoenfeld Fleischner, Eva spent her first 12 years with her brother, Hans, in a loving Catholic family where little was made of her father’s conversion from Judaism.
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.