OLA parishioner, amateur astronomer, electronic engineer; Raymond Magdziarz died on March 17 from several health issues, including complications from diabetes. He was 91. Ray is survived by his wife of 58 years, Irene (nee Elwart); children, Anne (husband Erik), William (wife Dawn), Susan, and Robert (wife Suzanne); and granddaughter Audrey.
Charles Edmund Sullivan, 81, died peacefully from natural causes at his home in Claremont on March 28. Memorial services will be held at a date yet to be determined.
Chuck was born in Boston to Nell and Edmund Sullivan on December 30, 1938. He moved to Inglewood, California in 1951. He graduated from George Washington High School in Los Angeles.
David Reisman loved a good story, especially if the story involved his family. Whether everyday (a comical snafu at work or the daily antics of Gray the lovable Schnoodle), or extraordinary (ice climbing through the Grand Tetons or drinking wine over Victoria Falls in Zambia), he wanted to hear it, because by hearing it, he could see the world through the storyteller’s eyes. He loved nothing more than experiencing his family’s lives through the tales they told.
Claremont native, Harley enthusiast, animal lover, known for joyous, kind, loving spirit
Karyn Beth McGan (Chassman), born in Schenectady, New York on March 6, 1963, died of natural causes on March 16 in Riverside, California at the age of 57.
US Army veteran, devoted family man, committed Catholic. Robert “Bob” Raymond Rudolph died peacefully on February 28, comforted by his adoring wife and children. He was a beloved husband to Dolores (nee Blaszczyk), loving father to Doug (wife Lorrie), Rob (wife Sonia), and Barbara (husband Rob); devoted brother to Violet; cherished grandfather to Dylan, Heather, Chelsea, Laura, Katie, Matthew, Kellie, Claire and Sophie; and adored great-grandfather to Henry and Ross.
High school administrator, world traveler, Pomona College, CGU grad. Patrick Andrew Powell, 90, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning, February 26. He was born January 23, 1930 in Loma Linda, California to Stephen Powell and Margaret Laurie Powell, the youngest of their three sons. He grew up in Fontana with his extended family, working in the family lumber yard, and graduated from Chaffey High School in 1948.
Theater major, model, beloved great-grandmother, tireless volunteer
Mary Martha (“Dolly”) Barkley died peacefully on February 29 in Claremont.
She was born at her family’s home in Gadsden, Arizona, to Leslie and Floy Barkley, along with her brother Jimmy.
Eric Arthur Peterson, 59, who grew up in Claremont and graduated from Damien High School in 1978, died unexpectedly after a brief illness on February 15 in Chico, California.
Eric is survived by his mother Rosemary, sister Sally, brothers Jim, Paul and Mark and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, in-laws and extended family. He was the son of Herbert Peterson, also deceased.
A public memorial service for Majorie Ann Parker that was going take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at Claremont United Church of Christ, has been cancelled due to the family’s coronavirus concerns. Once the medical community finds all threats have passed, the celebration of life for Ms. Parker will be rescheduled. Her husband James Thurman said his wife would be very upset if anyone was infected from her celebration of her life gathering. See future editions of the COURIER with the new date and time.
Keith Fitzalan Mulrooney, 87, a lifelong public servant and longtime resident of Alexandria, Virginia, died peacefully with his family around him on February 14.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, he graduated from Stanford University with a BA in history and later received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Husband, father, grandfather, and professor for 35 years at Claremont McKenna College, Phillip Young Koldewyn died March 1 at his home in Centennial, Colorado. He was 89 years old. Phillip was born in Loma Linda, California on March 2, 1931 to William and Rebecca Koldewyn, the first of four children.
Elaine Charlotte Gardner Baugus died peacefully in hospice care on February 23 with family by her side. She was 91.
Born on May 1, 1928 in Pasadena, Elaine was the firstborn of a Nazarene minister, Dr. J. Russell Gardner, and his wife Marion. In her formative years, she moved between California, Idaho and Illinois, as her father answered calls to pastor churches and teach at Christian colleges.
Beloved family matriarch, flower shop owner, artist
Rosario “Chayo” Gass was born at home in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico on September 27, 1926, and died at home in Claremont, on February 8.
As a young woman, she enjoyed her family and friends in Mazatlán and built relationships that lasted her lifetime. She was sent to boarding school in San Diego to learn English and returned to Mazatlán with the intention of living her life there. She opened a flower shop and enjoyed making floral arrangements.