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Claudia Ann Wittrock

December 17, 1937 ~ April 20, 2022 (age 84)

Obituary

Claudia Ann Blake was born on December 17, 1937 to parents Joel Blake and Beatrice Perkins in Oklahoma City, OK.  She had three brothers and a younger sister. Claudia passed away on April 20, 2022 after a 5-year battle with dementia. She was 84 years old.

Claudia is survived by her two twin sons Jim (Tasha) and John (Becky), six grandchildren, Tommy, Joshua, Jordan, Jacob, Zachary and Jennifer and three great granddaughters, Hana, Isaya and Josie.  She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Larry and husband, Ralph.

While attending the University of Oklahoma Claudia met Ralph, her husband of 54 years.  After marrying, she partnered with him as he began a career as a B-52 radar navigator with the United States Air Force.  Their journey took them out of Oklahoma, first to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana and then to Castle AFB in Merced, California where they spent their lives raising kids, making friends, and enjoying all that California had to offer.

Claudia spent 20 years as a stay-at-home mom before embarking into the work world providing admin support for the law firm of Griswold, Callister and Hendricks. She later became a librarian for Merced Junior College where her husband joined her.  They enjoyed many wonderful years in the college environment enjoying the camaraderie and friendships of co-workers and teaching staff.

Claudia and Ralph enjoyed their retirement years traveling around California mainly on bus tours with their college groups on sightseeing excursions and arts and theatre productions.  They also made regular trips to Sacramento and San Diego to visit their sons and grandkids and spending time with relatives in Oklahoma. Her kids knew mom was always there for them and they looked forward to the phone calls and visits.  The grandkids knew grandma had snacks for them and a warm hug. 

Claudia was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and leaves behind many wonderful years serving in the Community and singing in the Merced Jr. College annual Christmas choir.

Viewing will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm with a Rosary starting at 6:00 pm at  Ivers and Alcorn Funeral Home in Merced.  Eulogy will be at 9:45 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at St. Patrick's Church in Merced. The burial will take place at Merced District Cemetery in Merced.

 

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Services

Viewing
Monday
May 16, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home
901 West Main Street
Merced, CA 95340

Vigil Service
Monday
May 16, 2022

6:00 PM
Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home
901 West Main Street
Merced, CA 95340

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday
May 17, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
671 E. Yosemite Ave.
Merced, CA 95340

Interment following funeral service
Tuesday
May 17, 2022

Merced District Cemetery, Alcorn

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