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Anita Yale Kimmel

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Anita Yale Kimmel Obituary
Age 96, Canyon Crest, Riverside passed away peacefully in her home on Monday morning, February 6, 2017. Anita was born Marie Annette Yale on May 16, 1920 in New York. She was the third child of Julius and Marie Yale. She grew up in the city but moved with her mother to Los Angeles in the late 1930s with her brother, Edgar, who was attending USC. While in Los Angeles Anita attended Manual Arts High School. After Edgar completed college, the family returned to New York and Anita and her mother moved into an apartment in upper New York City. At the age of 16, Anita attended Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and upon completion of her undergraduate degree she returned to New York to attend the well-known Katharine Gibbs School to prepare for secretarial work. When a position opened up in the office of Major Alexander P. de Seversky, she interviewed and won the position. At this time, early in World War II, Major de Seversky was a respected air power advocate and was the Chairman of the Board at the company he founded, Republic Aircraft Corporation. It was while in the position of executive secretary to Major de Seversky that she met the man from Ohio who was to be her partner for the next 71 years.
Anita married Robert E. Kimmel from Rockford, Ohio on November 17, 1945 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in lower Manhattan. In attendance at her wedding were her mom and brother, close friends, and the couple's two bosses: Major de Seversky and General Carl Spaatz. Anita and Robert moved to Bolling Air Force Base in DC where Robert served as Special Assistant to General Spaatz until he retired in 1948. At Bolling, their son, Robert Junior, was born. The family moved to Columbus, OH for Robert to finish his four-year degree at Ohio State University. It was here that their second son, James, was born.
For the next twenty years, Anita made a home for the family as Robert was stationed in North Africa and England and across the United States. While her husband was serving his country Anita had several positions with the Officer's Wives Club performing many key functions. Under her leadership, the wives kept the social fabric of the families intact while the men were providing security for our Nation. The family ended up at March Air Force Base in 1966 and Robert retired in 1968; it was time to transition into civilian life.
From then until present, Anita and Robert have resided in the Canyon Crest area. During the time when March AFB was still an active duty base, the couple maintained their social ties with their military friends while they were making new friends in Riverside. Anita was active serving on the Board of Directors at the 15th Air Force Museum. As March transitioned to a Reserve base, Anita and Robert joined the Victoria Club to become active members in this historic Riverside club. Anita served as Chair of the Putter's Club and thoroughly enjoyed her time with the VC ladies across the bridge table.
Anita is survived by her husband, Robert, Senior; sons Robert, Junior, and his wife, Karen, of Charlottesville VA, and James and his wife, Karen, of Fountain Hills, AZ; two granddaughters, Stacey (Mark Gearhart) and Stephanie (Steven Thomas), and great granddaughters Virginia Gearhart and Ella Thomas. The family will remember Anita for her love of family, quiet dignity, strength, resilience, and her desire to remain an active member in her community.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Victoria Club on Wednesday, February 15 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to in Anita's name.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2017
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