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Claudia Mae Lukes

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Claudia Mae Lukes Obituary
Claudia Mae Lukes was born July 18, 1920 in Cazenovia, WI and was the fifth of eleven children. She passed away on July 22, 2010 in Redondo Beach, CA. Claudia was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Lukes; her son, Carl; and her parents, Aden and Bertha Ward. She is survived by her daughter, Laberta Peet-Lukes; son-in-law, Terry Peet-Lukes; and three granddaughters, Emily, Erinn and Alison Peet-Lukes. Claudia is also survived by her sister, Audrey Rider; and brother-in-law, Howard Rider; as well as many nieces and nephews. A private memorial service was held at the Center for Spiritual Living (formerly the Church of Religious Science) in Redondo Beach on Sunday, July 25, 2010. In 1939, Claudia Ward moved to California and married Albert Isador Lukes on May 30, 1941. They were married 48 years. Claudia served as a teacher and superintendent of the Youth Church of the Church of Religious Science in Redondo Beach for 17 years. Having received the ministerial certificate, she was an active practitioner of the church and also served on the board of trustees. She was "State Citizen of the Year" for the Redondo Beach Junior Women's Club and received the "Golden Apple Award" from the South Bay Superintendent and Teacher association for her extensive youth work. Claudia was also active in the South Bay American Field Service (AFS), South Bay YMCA and the Redondo Recreation Youth Canteen Advisory Board. Both Claudia and Al were active members of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. Claudia and Al hosted two foreign exchanged students in their home: Effie Comanious Tzelepis from Greece and Lily Nainggilan Tampubolon from Indonesia. Both are now married with children and visit their "foster" home as often as possible. Claudia and Al hosted numerous activities for many foreign students who have visited or lived in the South Bay area. They were proud of their home in Redondo Beach of over 50 years, and it was truly a "haven" for many family, friends and visitors from all over the world. Charitable donations are welcome and may be directed to Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA) or to the Redondo Union High School Scholarship Fund. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

Published in Daily Breeze on July 31, 2010
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