Kenneth Ross Casey died on December 4, 2015 in Claremont. He was 95.
He was born in Pomona in 1920 to John Ransom and Bessie Casey. He grew up going to Pomona schools, helping tend his family and friends’ citrus trees, playing football and participating in outdoor adventures with the Boy Scouts. He graduated from Pomona High School in 1938 and went on to attend Stanford University.
Claremont resident Carol Ellen Miller died peacefully at her home on November 28, 2015. She was 72.
She was born on March 23, 1943 to Matthew and Mary Grieshaber in Trenton, New Jersey. Carol and her older sister Judie were raised in the San Gabriel Valley. After graduating from Mission High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Jose State University.
Edla Becker, a longtime Claremont resident, died on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Mt. San Antonio Gardens. She was 77.
She was born Edla Schultz on September 9, 1938 in Latvia, just as the Baltic nation was entering a period of considerable tumult. With the onset of World War II, the country was seized by the Soviet Union in 1940. It was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1941 and then reoccupied by the Soviets from 1944 until gaining its independence in 1991.
Claremont resident Anne Damico died Wednesday, November 18 in Claremont. She was 89.
Anne Natale, the second child of Anthony and Mary Natale, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. She spent her early life there and attended Chester High School, where she was a member of the cheerleading team
Rosemary Adam, a longtime Claremont resident and former teacher at Claremont High School, died on November 11, 2015. She was 82.
She was born on June 19, 1933 in Bangor, Maine to Louis and Amelia Ferris, the oldest of three children. Rosemary was valedictorian of her junior high school class and was a cheerleader and voted “Most Popular Girl” at John Bapst High School. In a 1971 profile in Claremont High School’s El Espiritu yearbook, Ms. Adam wrote with humor about her auspicious beginnings. “Once, I won a drawing at a dance and my prize was a live goose. My life could only go up from there.”
Pioneering journalist Louie Robinson died of heart failure on October 2, 2015 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, two days shy of his 89th birthday. He had lived in Claremont since 1963.
Mr. Robinson wrote for Ebony for three decades, serving as the magazine’s west coast editor for much of that time, as well as contributing to publications like Jet and Negro Digest.
Mary Young, a longtime Claremont resident, died peacefully on September 28, 2015 at her Claremont home. She was 92.
She was born in Los Angeles on March 30, 1923 to Julia Marie and George Pabst. She was welcomed as the youngest member of her family by her brothers George and Paul and sister Margaret. As a young girl growing up in Hollywood, Brentwood and Beverly Hills, Mary took up piano, which she played through her life.