Claire Brown Kaiser passed away peacefully and without regret to be with our Lord and her husband and daughter on October 27, 2018. She was 86. Born in Philadelphia in 1932 to Charles and Caroline (Liebrecht) Brown, she grew up in Philadelphia, PA.
She attended Girl’s High in Philadelphia and later graduated from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1954. At that time, she was one of a very small number of women to have enrolled in and graduated from the Wharton School, an achievement she was very proud of.
Claire worked at N. W. Ayer Advertising for a number of years. She and her family spent most of their summers in Ventnor, NJ where she met John “Rex” Kaiser. They married in 1958 and lived in Wilmington, DE the rest of their lives. Rex and Claire had five children and spent most of their summers in Edgartown, MA on their sailboat “Claire.” Claire thoroughly enjoyed her life! Her marriage to Rex endured and constantly grew to new heights. They both truly adored each other. They raised their children to cherish and respect each other as well as everyone they met and were shown how to relish every moment we had together.
As a family they took numerous ski trips to New England and the Poconos and visited the Jersey Shore as well as sailing the Chesapeake and much of the east coast. Claire loved skiing, sailing, riding horses, playing cards and gardening.
She became very involved with the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia where she studied horticulture for a number of years. During their early married years, she was very involved with the Wilmington Junior League where, among other things, she produced and performed multiple puppet shows with Rex and their dear friend Jack Horty. Claire and Rex cherished their many friends in many places. Their annual St. Patrick’s Day party never disappointed!
Claire is predeceased by her husband and daughter, Annette Kaiser Voorhes, brother Charles Brown, Jr. and his wife Sara and nephew Charles Brown, III. Claire is survived by her son John Jr. who was caretaker for her and Rex during these past six declining years. She is also survived by son William Kaiser of Manchester, MA, son David and his wife Jenn Kaiser of Mattapoisett, MA, daughter Aimee and her husband Paul Satterfield of Donegal, Ireland and niece Catherine and her husband David Heckman of Blue Bell, PA. She had eleven grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church on Monday November 12, 2018 at 10:30 am where friends may visit beginning at 9:30 am. Burial will follow Mass in the adjoining cemetery.
Claire and Rex supported many different charities and non-profit organizations. In lieu of flowers, their family asks that you make a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org) or to your favorite organization.