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.
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.