Michael Zachary Heilpern died peacefully at his home in Claremont on February 15, 2014. He was 63 years old.
He was born December 15, 1950 in the Bronx, New York. Much of his childhood was spent in the idyllic Westchester County neighborhood of Peekskill. He was the first child born to Jacob Heilpern, a certified public accountant, and Betty Wogman Heilpern, a kindergarten and special education teacher. Mr. Heilpern was a curious student of the world, a serious and sensitive thinker who enjoyed learning about different religions, cultures and avenues of social change.
Jean Ann Nist died Monday, February 10, 2014. She was 80.
Ms. Nist was born on December 17, 1933 in Rochester, Indiana to Nobelene Helen Brooker Spencer and Eugene A. Spencer. She graduated from Rochester Joint High School in 1951 where she was known as “Speed.” In 1960, she moved to Pomona and became involved with the Pomona Unified School District, first as a room mother and then joining the Parent-Teacher Association. She served as an officer for the PTA, eventually as president, and worked as an instructional library aide for the ESSA Reading program before joining the workforce as an office manager. She retired in 2004 but continued to work part-time until 2010. She was a hard worker and was dubbed “Jean the Machine” during her career.