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Obituaries

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Clare Parker Schreiner

Clare Parker Schreiner lived in California most of her life, landing happily in Tiburon for the last 17 years. But she was always a Brooklyn girl at heart.

She was born Shirley Clare Parker in Staten Island, New York, moving with her family to Brooklyn when she was 13. She came to California with her sister Celeste in 1954 on a lark, and would have returned to the East Coast as planned but for a fateful encounter in a bowling alley in Los Angeles later that year. This is where she met Dave Schreiner, who would become "her Dave" for the next 63 years. Clare was a wonderfully funny, sometimes difficult, always interesting and fiercely loyal mother to Suzanne Schreiner, Steven Schreiner, Andrea Jagger-Wells, and Matthew Schreiner. She loved trading awful mother-in-law jokes with her son-in-law, Erik Jagger-Wells, and adored — and was adored by — her granddaughters, Tess and Jemima Jagger-Wells.

Clare loved music, and was a passionate opera fan known for unexpected bursts of operatic improvisation, to the startled delight of anyone nearby. She attended the SF Symphony with Dave for years, but was no music snob. Clare would dance like no one was watching to Taylor Swift or anything her granddaughters liked, and would sing lively renditions of the Chiquita Banana song on request.

An avid reader, she volunteered at the Corner Books in Tiburon for six years, receiving a community-service award for her commitment. Clare also had a keen interest in politics, and was a member of a band of protesters who held an anti-war peace vigil on Tiburon Boulevard every week for four years during the Iraq war. She felt strongly that it was never inappropriate to talk about politics, even when it probably was, like in an obituary. But she would argue, persuasively, that not talking and thinking about politics is likely how we ended up with a con artist in the White House.

Endlessly interested as she was in all that was going on in the world, Clare was foremost a people person. Remember the Barbra Streisand song lyric, "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world"? That was Clare. She dearly loved her wonderful parents, Sydney M. and Pearl Wells Parker, and her siblings, remaining especially close to her sisters all her life. Heartbroken by the loss of her sisters Christine Parker Giordano, Susann Parker DiFelice, and Patricia Parker Fisher, and brothers Thomas Parker, Michael Parker, and William Titterington Parker, Clare took great comfort from her close bonds with her sisters Celeste Parker DiFelice, Loretta Parker Kiernan and Margaret Parker Thornton. She was "Aunt Clare" to 22 nieces and nephews and never tired of hearing about their lives, and the lives of their children. Clare was also a good friend who knew how to sustain a friendship with humor, supportiveness, and lots of time on the phone. She will be missed more than words can say.

Donations can be made in her honor to Planned Parenthood or Hospice by the Bay.

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