Cleora Reuscher Flegel Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother peacefully entered her heavenly abode the evening of April 17, 2009 at the age of 90 years, surrounded by her adoring family at her home in Menlo Park. Mourning her passing are her husband, Arthur, sons and daughters-in-law Robert and Karen, Mark and Anne, and John and Ellie, nine grandchildren and their spouses, eight great-grandchildren, three sisters, one brother, and many nieces and nephews. Born in 1918 in Ramona, Kansas, she moved with her family to Lodi when she was two years old. She and Arthur were married in 1940 and were to celebrate their 69th anniversary in two weeks. In 1954 they moved to Menlo Park and started Flegel's Home Furnishings. Cleora, known as Cleo, was a member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for 55 years, participating in several women's organizations. Cleo was blessed with a warm and winsome personality, and was a gifted artist of still-life oil paintings. She and Arthur enjoyed membership in the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. As a result of several research trips to Germany and Russia, she was able to trace her ancestry back many generations. Cleo and Arthur enjoyed numerous educational experiences while traveling throughout Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. A celebration of her life will be held at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on April 29 at 2 PM.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on Apr. 24, 2009.