Donald Lee “Don” Obert was born November 8, 1935. His father, William John Obert, was from New York and his mother, Betty Jane Bohley, from Cleveland.
Don grew up with his father near the mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles. Those were delightful early years which saw bus trips to Santa Monica Beach with his cousin, Pat, fishing off the Redondo Beach pier, and many other family outings.
Sylvia Ann Phillips-Walker died peacefully on November 3 at the age of 77. She was surrounded by her three children and husband during her extensive hospital stay and at the time of her transition.
Sylvia was born January 16, 1943 in Charleston, West Virginia to Theodore DeWitt Phillips and Sheila King Phillips.
Both she and the man who would become her husband of 51 years, Robert Prince Walker, grew up in Institute, West Virginia.
Claremont resident Teresa Lynn Wolfe Ingalls, known by all as Terri, died November 13 at the age of 62.
She was a beloved daughter, wife, sister, mother, “grammy,” aunt, teacher, neighbor, colleague, friend and so much more.
Terri was born in Pomona in 1958 to Ed and Elaine Wolfe.
Loving husband, father, computer science professor, jazz educator, musician, mentor
Robert (Bob) M. Keller died September 13 at age 76 in Claremont after a battle with aggressive brain cancer, his wife and sons at his side. He was born on June 12, 1944 to Robert and Ella (Marion) Keller in St. Louis, Missouri, where his parents owned a small corner grocery store. The oldest of three children, he grew up living in the family home, which was attached to the store.
Mother, award-winning artist, Pomona College grad
Penelope “Penny” Claire Ross, age 59, died the evening of October 7 at her home in Houston, Texas after a nearly two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1961 to Ralph Ross, a philosophy professor, and Alicia Johnson, a computer programmer, she spent her youth in Claremont, where she graduated from Claremont High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Pomona College in 1983.
CGU grad, political consultant, traveler, pianist
Peter Dan Vasilovich was born September 5, 1946, in Fresno, California. His grandparents immigrated to America from Montenegro in 1914.
He grew up on his family’s farm in Reedley, California, attended rural elementary schools and Reedley High School, where he served as student body president and boys’ state representative.
Beloved father, grandfather, 40-year Cal Poly Pomona professor Laszlo Szijj died October 3 at the age of 88.
Laszlo was born in Budapest, Hungary on February 16, 1932. He developed an interest in the natural world from an early age, and along with his brother Josef, pursued a career in academia.
Professor, pastor, social activist, musician, woodworker
Stanley Raymond Moore, longtime Pilgrim Place resident, died October 3, at the age of 90.
Many Claremont residents will remember him as “Stan the Music Man,” singing kids’ songs at the annual Pilgrim Place Festival. He was a founding member of the Pilgrim Pickers, a folk music ensemble, and organized and hosted the Pilgrim Place Comedy Night performances.
Dedicated Latter-day Saint, teacher, artist
Barbara Gustaveson died October 4 due to complications from sepsis. She was 61.
She was born in Pomona on September 27, 1959 to Robert Carl Gustaveson and Julia Anne Neville Gustaveson.
Grandmother, beloved music teacher, musician
Evelyn Gladys Hubacker died in her home on Thursday morning, October 8 at the age of 84.
Evelyn was born March 3, 1936 and grew up in the state of Michigan. She was the youngest child of the late Earl Frederick and Gladys (Berne-Allen) Hubacker.
Great-grandmother, Pomona College, CGU grad, professor, writer, dedicated environmentalist
Betty Jean Barnes, a longtime resident of Claremont and most recently of Mt. San Antonio Gardens, died peacefully at age 99 on Thursday evening October 8, with her son Jeff at her side.
She leaves three children, Loren Herold, Jeff Barnes and Betsy Bishop; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren
Retired firefighter, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother
Kevin S. Lee died September 15 at 61 years of age due to complications from knee replacement surgery.
Kevin was born May 4, 1959 to Claire and Bob Lee, who moved their young family to Claremont in 1964. He attended Condit Elementary, El Roble Intermediate and Claremont High schools.
Grandfather, sports fan, friend to all; Calvin K. Merrill, 81, died August 11 in Claremont.
Calvin was born May 1, 1939 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Ralph and Lucille Merrill, the youngest of 13 children. He spent his childhood on a farm in Moreland, Idaho and enjoyed all of the benefits of living the farm life.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Homemaker, gardener, volunteer, pet lover, friend to all
Longtime Claremont resident and homemaker Sarah Meier Morris died September 11 in Houston, Texas at the age of 97.
Sarah was born on March 23, 1923 outside Madison, Indiana to Bessie Mae Meier and John Henry Meier.