March 1, 1915 ~ August 15, 2007
Clare M. Kari
On August 15 Clare M. Kari passed away in her sleep at Del Amo Gardens in Torrance. She was born in 1915 in Chicago, the fifth of nine children of Joseph and Catherine Macaluso, who had immigrated from Palermo, Sicily to Chicago in about 1900. Clare lived to be 92 and was the last surviving and longest-lived Macaluso sibling.
She and her husband, William Kari, moved to California in 1942 and resided in the South Bay since 1949 and in Hermosa Beach since 1957. Clare was an accomplished stenographer, typist and bookkeeper. She worked for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway and for various aerospace companies in the South Bay. She was the bookkeeper for her husband's home business buying and repairing homes for resale. In the 1950s she and William were active in the El Segundo Democratic Club. She enjoyed writing letters to family members, collecting mementos and recipes, spelling and word games, cooking for her family and friends, and traveling to Alaska to visit her son and his family. She will be lovingly remembered for her dedication to family, her consistency, and her wit.
She was preceded in death by her husband William (d. 1994) and brothers Joe, Mike, Paul and Frank Macaluso, and sisters Lenore Macaluso, Ann Mercurio, Rose Gilio (all from the Chicago area) and her sister Lillian Smith (of Whittier). She is survived by her only child, James Kari of Fairbanks Alaska and his wife Adeline Kari and their children Princess and Mark Lucaj, Evon and Enei Peter, Odin and Anna Raboff, and Hassan Kaplan, as well as the great grandchildren Olav, Na'ineezh, Shajol, Ch'eelil and Cinga.
A memorial service for Clare will be held at on August 26 at 2 pm at the Kari family home in Hermosa Beach. (Call us at 310 376-2077 if you can attend.) A mass in her memory will be said at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hermosa Beach on Sept. 1st at 8 am. Donations in her memory can be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
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