Mother, missionary, woman of faith
Mary "Tinker" Edith Tatem Williams, a retired missionary of the United Church of Christ in Japan, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Pilgrim Place Health Services Center in Claremont. She and her late husband served for more than 40 years as educational missionaries in Sendai, Kyoto and Nagoya.
Ms. Williams was born on August 22, 1924 in Haddonfield, New Jersey and baptized as a Presbyterian.
Virginia Lee Bissell, a 10-year resident of Claremont Manor, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 14 at the Emeritus at Victorian Court assisted living community in Ontario. She was 94.
Ms. Bissell was born in Cumberland, Maryland to Maude and Cyrus Gilbert on March 7, 1918. She spent her formative years in Darien, Connecticut where her father was a pharmacist and her mother a nurse.
Local legend, wizard of color leaves lasting legacy
Speaking to those who knew Karl Benjamin, a longtime Claremonter and renowned abstract painter who died July 26 at the age of 86, 3 themes emerge: his warmth and generosity to family, friends and students; his prolific artistic output, fueled by a strong work ethic and a genuine joy at being among his paints and canvases; and an almost alchemical mastery of color.
The longtime Claremont resident and renowned abstract painter, died at home on Thursday, July 26 of congestive heart failure at the age of 86. He was surrounded by family.
Noted for his vibrant geometric works, Mr. Benjamin is widely acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of the Hard Edge painting movement.
Not only did Mr. Benjamin make an impact in the art world, he also sought to instill his artistic knowledge and passion in others.