Claudia Katherine (Grover) Cardinet

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Claudia passed away surrounded by her family on April 6, 2018.  She was born at home in Port Chicago, CA on Jan. 22, 1937 to Keith W. Grover and Louise K. (Gillan) Grover. Claudia graduated from Mt. Diablo High School (1954), and earned her AA Degree from East Contra Costa Junior College (ECCJC) in 1956 where she met George H. Cardinet III, her husband of 61 years. They were married on Sept. 7, 1957 in Concord CA.

A perfect mix of loving wife and mother, Claudia was a highly skilled homemaker. Creative and thrifty, her baking, sewing, knitting, gardening, and nature skills were legendary in the family. She was a proud and devoted mother of four children. Starting her family in Davis as George attended Vet School, Claudia and her young family moved frequently in the early years to Manhattan Kansas (1966), Rockville, Maryland (1973), and back to Davis (1974). In 1987 Claudia and George found their current home in Winters high on a hill overlooking Lake Solano and the surrounding countryside. This was Claudia’s paradise. As a 30-year resident of Winters, hardly a day passed when she didn’t marvel at its beauty and express thanks to the almighty that she lived here. As a dedicated cat lover all her life, this was the perfect place for Claudia’s cats; and, as an avid reader, frequent trips to the old Winter’s library were a special treat.

Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Woodbury, and sister Priscilla.  She is survived by her sister Lois Sluis; beloved husband George; daughters Therese Cardinet; Colette (Cardinet) Nuno, and spouse Jose Nuno; and Monique Cardinet-Dossa; son Matthew Cardinet and spouse Mary Hazel; and grandchildren Daniel and Maria Nuno, and Joseph, Dominic and Vincent Dossa.

Claudia’s family is eternally grateful to the Yolo Adult Day Health Center, Woodland; the NorthBay Adult Day Center, Vacaville; Pacifica Senior Living (Vacaville) caregivers Aida Curtis, Mila Cabugwas, Carmen Gomez, Marianne Hansen, and Lily Recella; and NorthBay Hospice, Vacaville, for their loving care and support of Claudia in her final 8-year journey with Alzheimer’s. A private memorial celebration of her life is planned for May 19.

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