Beverly Jean Gassner, retired family law attorney and beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died after a long illness on May 18, 2017 in Rancho Cucamonga.
Ms. Gassner lived an extraordinary life that included multiple careers, 63 years of marriage and raising a loving family. She was a third-generation American, born to an immigrant family that had come to the United States from various locations in Eastern Europe.
Marjorie Ann Watson, a native-born Claremonter, died on April 28, 2017 after a short struggle with cancer. She was 72.
Born at Pomona Hospital on June 22, 1944 to Fred Cutler and Marjorie Demerest Cutler Bruington, Margie grew up in Claremont as a local grove kid where she attended Sycamore, El Roble and Claremont High, both at the old school house and the current site.
After a long and brave confrontation with esophageal cancer, Scott Allan Warren died peacefully in his sleep on April 8, 2017 at the age of 65. He had excellent and compassionate medical caregivers, and his last days were marked by a stream of visitors. He remained gracious and optimistic to the end.
On April 19, 2017, longtime Claremont resident Bessie R. Denes died of natural causes at the age of 96.
She was born in 1921 to Alva Earl Lynam of Bond, Illinois and Alice Violet Gaither Lynam of Waldron, Kansas. Bessie was raised in Anthony, Kansas where she was one of eight children, including Dwight, Anith, Genia, Betty, Joann, Aline and Jack
George Wainwright Stanley, a longtime Claremont resident, died on January 22, 2017 after a brave yearlong fight with lymphoma. He was 88.
The oldest of six children, he was born in Du Quoin, Illinois on April 18, 1928 to George and Margaret Stanley. In 1956 the Stanleys moved out west to Hollywood and then a year later moved to Pomona where their two children, twins Leslie and Wade, were born in 1961. They finally settled in Claremont in 1962.