Clara Frutuozo Remick of Three Rivers died Saturday, July 25, 2015. She was 87.
Clara was born October 12, 1927, in Tulare to Antonio Luiz Frutuozo and Josefa das Neves Brazil Frutuozo. She was raised and educated in Tulare, attending Oakdale (now Sundale) Elementary School and, in 1945, graduating from Tulare Union High School. She then attended Visalia Junior College (present-day College of the Sequoias) and San Jose State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1949.
Clara taught elementary school in Sunnyvale, Calif., for two years, then transferred to San Diego where she taught for six years. With her adventurous spirit, Clara took an opportunity in 1957 to teach children of American military personnel overseas through the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Dependents Schools. She first taught in Japan, then Morocco, Germany, and Spain.
As a young, single woman traveling alone in those days, she was ahead of her time. She was fearless, independent, and a great inspiration.
While living in Germany, Clara met her husband, Larry. They were married November 28, 1968.
In 1974, she and Larry returned to Tulare to be near Clara’s family. In 1976, they built their dream home in Three Rivers.
Clara was a true lover of nature. She loved all living things. She was an advocate for human rights and animal rights. She was environmentally conscious, always a steward of the earth.
Clara was proud of her Portuguese heritage. She loved music, especially classical and Portuguese music. She also loved beautiful art, which was evident throughout her home. She played the piano and the guitar and had a beautiful singing voice.
In 1991, Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence E. Remick. She was also predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Tony Frutuozo and Clarence Frutuozo; and sister Josephine Frutuozo.
She is survived by her sisters, Marie Baker, Mabel Bush, and Olga Menezes and her 15 beloved nieces and nephews.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, a memorial mass was held at St. Clair’s Catholic Church in Three Rivers. Her cremated remains will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband.
Remembrances may be made to one’s favorite charity or to the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038.