Marie Claire Gloria Rossignol Grambusch Marie Claire Gloria Rossignol was born on August 14, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, and passed away on December 30, 2012 in her Tulare home with her husband Cal at her side. Her father worked for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. Claire was only four years old when she lost her mother in a tragic fall. She was raised in Wayne, Michigan by her father and stepmother. After completing high school, she worked for "Ma Bell," and with girlfriends from school and work, she attended USO gatherings where they served punch and danced with troops home on leave during WWII. Claire married the boy next door, Calvan Grambusch, while he was serving the the Merchant Marine. He loved sailing, but he loved Claire more, so he gave up the sea and they moved to sunny California. Gazing out as the train arrived in the Los Angeles area, Claire became quite excited to see oranges growing on trees right outside her window! They've lived in California ever since, and Claire referred to herself as "a transplanted native Californian." They have a son, George, who was born while they were still living in Southern California - and who still resides there. They eventually moved to Sacramento, where Cal was starting a new position with a new employer. Claire transferred into a different position with the telephone company. They made many friends and thoroughly enjoyed their years there. After he suffered a heart attack at age 58, Cal retired and moved into a small Carmel cottage that they had bought with the intention of some day retiring there. This little cottage on a pretty corner lot required a lot of work, most of which they did themselves over several years. Claire completed 32 years working for Ma Bell before retiring and joining Cal in Carmel. Together they managed to transform that cottage into a lovely home, and enjoyed their years there. After 20 years in Carmel, they sold that home and built a beautiful new home in a gated community in Tulare. Over the many years they were retired, they both greatly enjoyed traveling, both as a pair, and with friends. They saw most of this country, and traveled widely in all directions - on trains, riverboats, and sea cruises - they took in everything there was to see and hear about in each and every country they visited. Loyal members of the Presbyterian Church, they have found many friends through the churches they have attended in the different cities in which they've resided. Claire was a sweet, loyal friend who will truly be missed by many - most of all by Cal, her loving husband of 67 years, to whom she was devoted. Remembrances may be made to Hospice, Tulare or ACS.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 22, 2013