Mario “Marty” Gottuso Sr., a longtime Claremont resident, died on May 22, 2015. He was 92.
He was born in 1922 in Utica, New York to Vincent Gottuso, a Pentecostal minister, and his wife Evangeline, both of whose parents immigrated to the United States from Sicily, Italy in the early 1900s. The eldest of 10 children, he spent his early years growing up on the family farm.
Marty loved school and, as he claimed, was always the teacher’s pet.
Jeffrey Nelson, a longtime Claremont resident, died on May 13, 2015 after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was 68.
He was born in New York on July 13, 1946 to Lala and Clarence Nelson.
Mr. Nelson graduated from Brooklyn Tech and earned his bachelor’s degree at Wagner College and his master’s degree at Richmond College. He served in the United States Navy for two years.
Harrison Lee Stephens, a longtime Claremont resident, died on May 4, 2015, two months short of his 100th birthday.
He was born on July 7, 1915 in Los Angeles, the son of Jess and Alice Stephens. His father was city attorney of Los Angeles for several years and then became a Superior Court judge.
Harrison graduated from Los Angeles High School and from Stanford University with a degree in journalism.
Mildred “Millie” Moser Smith, a longtime Pilgrim Place resident, died on April 1, 2015. She was 95. She was born on August 11, 1919 on a farm in Iowa, the fifth of sixth children of Edna and Alex Ross. Her father died of blood poisoning when she was six and her mother eventually rented the farm on shares and moved the family to the town of Oelwein, Iowa. The family’s share of the farm’s produce helped feed them during the Depression.