Hazel Leff died at the Claremont Manor Care Center on July 12, one day shy of her 100th birthday.
Born Hazel Choate in Junction City, Kentucky on July 13, 1920, she was the first in her family to attend high school and college.
Hazel graduated from Sue Bennett College, a two year college in London, Kentucky, in 1941.
Saturnina R. Torres, died peacefully on Sunday, July 26 in Claremont, surrounded by her loving family. She had suffered a stroke on July 3. She was 94 years old.
Mrs. Torres was born Saturnina Rivera to Refugio and Maria Rivera on December 29, 1925, in San Francisco del Oro, Chihuahua, a small mining village in Mexico.
Mary Wigent Hornberger, a longtime Pilgrim Place resident, died March 8 at the age of 96.
Mary was born in Chicago on December 26, 1923. She attended schools in Chicago before enrolling at Northwestern University School of Music in Evanston, Illinois, where she majored in flute and organ.
She was an organist for churches in Edison Park and Wilmette, both suburbs of Chicago, while working on her bachelor’s degree in music.
Descendant of iconic Claremont family, worked on Manhattan Project, pilot, beloved patriarch
Theodore (Ted) Howard Garner died recently at the age of 96.
Ted was born to Bess and Herman Garner on July 25, 1923, the youngest of the Garner boys.
Wife, mother, friend, mentor, artist; Vivian Bornemann died peacefully in her sleep early in the morning of July 14 at the Claremont Manor Skilled Nursing Center, concluding a long life of many accomplishments and adventures just shy of her 93rd birthday.
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.