DUNBAR, W.Va. – Clare Andres, of Dunbar, W.Va., executive assistant to the president of West Virginia State University, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at her home on campus.
The deceased was born on April 27, 1945, in Alhambra, Calif., the daughter of Frank and Clare Tomal. After early education in Chicago Catholic schools, she earned a bachelor's degree at Rosary College in River Forest and a master's degree in English from John Carroll University in Cleveland, where she met her husband, Jim.
The couple, who have six children, were first married in 1968 and remarried in 2003. Beside her accomplishments as a parent, wife, homemaker, seamstress, crafter and knitter, Clare became an executive secretary and administrative assistant with superlative editorial and organizational skills.
Her professional expertise brought her to West Virginia State University in July of 2012 as part of President Brian Hemphill's new administrative team. Clare's love for both beauty and precision set a high standard for those who lived with or worked with her, but she showed an equally high standard for herself in the areas of compassion and courtesy. Although generous in bestowing her gifts upon others, especially the less fortunate, she avoided calling attention to her many kindnesses.
Along with her loving husband and longtime friend, Jim, Clare leaves her children: Sara Graber of Roscoe; Andrew Andres of Phoenix; Patrick Andres of Belvidere; Cathleen Andres of St. Charles; Angela Andres of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Cora Moreno of Woodland, Calif.
In addition to her nine grandchildren, the deceased is survived by her brother, Michael J. Ricard; her sister, Cathleen Dohmeier; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 25, at Newman Catholic Student Center – Christ the Teacher Parish in DeKalb with the Rev. Matthew Camaioni celebrating. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, March 25, until the time of service at the church. Cremation will take place at Finch Crematory.
To send an online condolence, visit www.RonanMooreFinch.com.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115; 815-758-3841. The out-of-town arrangements were under the direction of Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, W.Va.