Carol Sontag, a longtime Claremont resident, died on September 12, 2015. She was 91.
She was born Carol Ann Furth on January 8, 1924 in Woodland, California, the third child and only daughter of Victor and Valance Furth of Winters, California in Yolo County. She was a third-generation native Californian, her great-grandparents having migrated west during the Gold Rush.
Linda Giana Heilpern died on August 27, 2015 following an unexpected hospital stay. She was 65.
She was born on March 21, 1950 in Yonkers, New York to Lillian Avezzano and John Weber. When she was quite young, her mother was very ill and eventually passed away from complications associated with lupus.
Keith Charles “Casey” Davis, a Claremont resident, was killed on July 26, 2015 when his small aircraft crashed in Riverside. He was 52 years old.
He was born on July 30, 1962 and grew up in La Verne, graduating from Bonita High School in 1981. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the London School of Economics.
Helen Ketchum, a longtime Claremont resident, died on July 29, 2015 at her home in Sandpoint, Idaho. She was 90.
She was born on July 10, 1925 in South Pasadena to Bennie and Hope Furlow. She married Donald Ketchum, also of South Pasadena, and moved to Ontario and later to Upland, where the couple raised their four children.
When her children were young, Mrs. Ketchum was active as a Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout leader and Superintendent of Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church in Ontario.