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Clare Ann Van Vorst


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Clare Ann Van Vorst Obituary
February 27, 1918 - January 7, 2017 1918-2017. Clare Ann Van Vorst passed away of natural causes on January 7, 2017 at the age of 98. Her sons Steve and David and her grandson Calvin were with her during her final days. Clare was born on February 27, 1918 in Columbus, Ohio. She was the sixth of nine children born to William and Theophila Kappes. Clare attended Rosary High School and went to work for the Farm Bureau Insurance Co. (now Nationwide) following graduation. During World War II Clare enlisted in the United States Marine Corps which had just begun to accept women recruits. She was a member of the sixth class ever of women Marines. She was accepted into Officer Candidate School and served as a second lieutenant at Camp Lejeune and Parris Island. After the war she moved to California to attend UCLA under the GI Bill to study International Relations and Political Science. There she met William Van Vorst who was just beginning his teaching career in the Engineering Department. The two began dating and were married on June 14, 1949. During their long marriage Clare and Bill had the opportunity to travel to and live in a number of different countries, namely the Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, and New Zealand. Clare developed a love of travel and a particularly keen interest in ancient Greek and Roman culture and antiquities. After her return from overseas Clare worked for many years as a docent at both the Getty Villa in Malibu and the Getty Museum in West Los Angeles. While she enjoyed Both, she was particularly fond of the Villa. She also spent several years as a substitute teacher at Santa Monica City College. Clare was a long time member of Corpus Christi Parish in Pacific Palisades. She will be missed by the many friends she made wherever she lived. She is survived by her sons Steve and David and grandson Calvin. Sadly her daughter Vicki pre deceased her in 2002 and her grandson Francis in 2016. Her husband Bill passed away in 2014 at the age of 94.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8, 2017
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