Claire Z. Angelini of Wilmington died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.
She was born to James Booth and Edna Mackie Zimmerman on Sept. 1, 1929.
She is survived by her husband, George F. Angelini; and her children, son, Dr. Kenneth B. Kurica and wife Marty from Colorado Springs, Colo., and daughter Ginny K. Guerry from Wilmington; grandchildren, Tyler B. Kurica, Laura A. Rosenhahn, Stephanie N. Kurica of Colorado, and Jill M. Guerry and Travis J. Guerry of Wilmington.
After she married George Angelini in Hawaii in 1977, her family increased, adding three more daughters, Claudia A. Bates, Pamela Boyle and Suzanne Skene; five more grandchildren, Amelia and Matthew Bates, Dawn Kidney and Karen Schutter, Michelle and Rory Skene; and two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Brooke Schutter.
Claire graduated from Southern Seminary Junior College in Virginia and from Kean University in New Jersey.
She was an educator for 30 happy years. She became a member of the American Association of University Women of Wilmington, as well as a life member of the National Education Association.
She also became a member of the Gloria Chapter No. 159 of the Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey, and a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution. She has traced her father's family back to 1651.
Some of the highlights of her life involved her experiences as a pilot. Claire earned her private pilot's license in 1968 and joined the Ninety-Nines, an organization started by Amelia Earhart for women pilots. She became Governor of the N.Y./N.J. Section and in 1979 hosted the Ninety-Nines' celebration of their 50th anniversary.
She flew in the Powder Puff Derby, Empire State 300, the Garden State 300, and the Angel Derby from Acapulco, Mexico, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Ultimately she earned her multi-engine and seaplane ratings.
After retiring, she enjoyed an active life in Grand Harbor in Vero Beach, Fla. She then moved to Wilmington where she was very involved in her community, joining the Newcomers Club, playing tennis, golf and bridge.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Wilmington where funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.
A memorial service will take place in her summer home town of Highgate Springs, Vt.
Claire loved flowers and enjoyed her gardens in her summer home in Vermont. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting contributions to "The Claire Flower Fund" to support the perpetual garden at Camp Randolph where she lived every summer. Donations may be sent to The Randolph Company, c/o "The Claire Flower Fund," P.O. Box 188, Highgate Springs, VT 05460.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
Arrangements by Andrews Mortuary, Wilmington.