December 24, 1922 – October 30, 2019 Born and raised in Papillion Nebraska, Claire moved with her best friend Barbara to the big city of Los Angeles after the war. As young women, they had both held jobs at the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha during wartime. When World War II ended, returning soldiers were given the jobs back that Claire and Barbara had filled while these men were away. As a perk from the railroad, the women, now jobless, were given two railroad tickets to anywhere in the continental United States. They hopped on the train and headed west to Los Angeles, California. It was in Los Angeles, that Claire met her future husband of 69 years, Lloyd. They were married and moved to San Luis Obispo where she worked to help put Lloyd through Cal Poly. Engineering degree in hand and a job awaiting at United Air Lines, they moved to the Bay Area.
Claire was a long time resident of Mountain View, CA and a longtime and active parishioner of St. Williams's church in Los Altos. She loved her family, loved her neighbors and neighborhood, church, bridge and shopping at Ross on Tuesday for their senior special. Not necessarily in that order all of the time. Lloyd and Claire moved to Medford, Oregon in January of this year. She passed on October 30, after a short illness, with her husband and daughter Marilyn and Chris (son-in-law) by her side. Claire's eldest son Gregory preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Lloyd, daughters Marilyn (Chris) and Karen (Randy) and sons Joe (Debbie) and Dan. They also had 5 grandchildren (Chrissy, Jennifer, Shawna, Colleen & Michelle) and great grandchildren (Dylan, Jazmin, Alexander and Landon) She was well loved and will be missed greatly.