Obituary- Virginia Mae ‘Vickie’ Claar
Memorial services will be Thursday, Sept. 20 for Virginia Mae “Vickie” Claar, who died Sept. 17, 2001, at Reno, Nev., following a long illness. She was 74.
Mrs. Claar was born Oct. 9, 1926, at Los Angeles, Calif., and had been a 47-year resident of South Lake Tahoe. She was a 1944 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and had retired after 30 years in the banking industry. She had been a loan officer at Bank of America and First National Bank of Nevada. She also had been co-owner of Claar’s Safety Equipment. She loved to read, play golf, cook and entertain and she and her husband had traveled extensively in Europe, England, Africa and Asia.
She was a charter member and charter treasurer of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe and had been active in the service club since 1958. She had 35 years perfect attendance, was very active on numerous committees and took a prominent role in the annual wine tasting event. She became a Life Member in 1993. Mrs. Claar was an honorary member of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra and in 2001 won the $1,000 grand prize at the club’s Elegant Evening fund-raiser. She promptly donated the prize back to the club, which in turn used the money to provide a special scholarship in her name. She also had been a member of the University of California Alumni Association.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jack Claar of South Lake Tahoe; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Pete and Dottie Claar of Palm Desert, Calif., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, followed by interment at Happy Homestead Cemetery.
Donations in Mrs. Claar’s memory may be made to the Lake Tahoe Cancer League, P.O. Box 17962, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151.
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