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Clella L. Stoffel
Clella L. Stoffel, a long time resident of Arcadia, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, died peacefully at her Dana Point condominium on June 23, 2013, at the age of 95. She was born in Pasadena, grew up in rural Glendora, and
graduated from Redlands in 1939 with a degree in teaching. Her first job was at Capistrano grammar school. Via a blind date, she met Fred C. Stoffel of Capistrano in 1940 and fell in love immediately. The next day Fred left for fighter pilot training and was stationed in Hawaii. Clella quit her job and, with her best girlfriend, followed Fred to Hawaii. They married there in 1942.
The young family returned to Dana Point, now with two young children, Fred Jr and Janet. The Stoffels relocated to the Los Angeles area, eventually settling in Arcadia in 1950. Fred started his own business in Pasadena and Clella worked as a home teacher for 12 years. She was active with League of Women Voters, the Library Association, Legal Aid and the Arcadia Hospital Auxiliary. She also found time to pursue 2 years of a Master's Degree at Claremont college.
In the 1980s Fred and Clella retired to Capistrano and soon to San Clemente to a new home in Cyprus Cove. Clella continued her activities in local service organizations and she and Fred devoted much time to tennis. They were members of 3 local tennis clubs and developed a large circle of tennis friends. She loved to plan and host social gatherings. Ten years ago, Fred and Clella moved to their final location in the senior community of Fountains at Sea Bluffs in Dana Point. Fred died 7 years ago and Clella continued on alone in her condominium, with help from her son and excellent local caregivers. Unfortunately, their daughter died of serious health problems a few years after Fred.
Clella is remembered as a friendly and sociable person, and provided many years of volunteer work with service organizations in Southern California. She and Fred were a handsome and active couple from the day they were married until well into their senior years.
Clella is survived by her son, Fred, and her last living bother, Harper Brubaker. A private internment was held at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar.
Published in Pasadena Star-News from July 17 to July 21, 2013
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