October 15, 1930 – May 9, 2019
"TO HAVE KNOWN HER IS TO HAVE LOVED HER" Clarabelle was a lifelong resident of Fresno county, born in Raisin City and then lived on the corner of Elm and Manning until her marriage to her one and only, Robert J. Schutz. She loved swimming, ice skating and horseback riding as a child and never lost her passion for "Play". She graduated from WUHS in 1948. Her best friend growing up was Barbara Hammond. She married Bob in 1950 and they were happily married for over 40 years until his death in 1991. She is survived by their 3 children, daughters, Linda Matsumoto and husband, Doug, Jennifer Bollum and husband Tom, and son, Monte Schutz, and wife, Kim; 7 grandchildren, Kristen Elardo, Christopher Ventura, Shaun Matsumoto, Brian Bollum, Bradley Matsumoto, Justin Schutz, and Robby Schutz, and 10 great- grandchildren, Jordan Elardo, Taylor Elardo, Morgan Elardo, MacKenzie Elardo, Livia Ventura, Maddox Ventura, Brennan Matsumoto, Emma Matsumoto, Lila Matsumoto, Brayden Matsumoto plus 2 great- grandchildren due in June. She is also Survived by 2 sisters, Eva Poytress and Helen Mayes. She was predeceased by her husband Bob, and brothers, Charles and Bud Hamilton.
She loved playing and watching all sports. She played tennis once or twice a week up until the age of 86. Clarabelle was a lifelong devoted member of Easton Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon, member of the choir, served in many ministries including the clothes closet and Eva's Kitchen Crew. She taught vacation Bible school for many years and even survived the antics of Mark Lanford and Tom Pallas. She was a member of Sweet Adelines for over 35 years, and later was involved in several other singing groups. She was a member of "New Wrinkles", a variety show (55 years of age and older) for many years. She took up clogging at age 78 and continued for 8 more years. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling with family and friends. Clarabelle ‘s life was definitely a Life Well Lived!
Remembrances may be made to:
Easton Presbyterian Church 5895 S Elm Ave Fresno, CA 93706 (or your favorite charity)
- Howard J. Hamilton, Father
- Nettie M. Hamilton, Mother
- Robert J. Schutz, Husband
- Monte Schutz, Son
- Jennifer Bollum, Daughter
- Linda Matsumoto, Daughter
- Eva Poytress, Sister
- Helen Mayes, Sister
- Clarabelle also is survived by 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
- Christopher Ventura
- Shaun Matsumoto
- Brian Bollum
- Bradley Matsumoto
- Justin Schutz
- Robby Schutz
- Maddox Ventura
- Celebration of Life Saturday, May 18, 2019
Julie Moran - Romagnoli
May 18, 2019
Clarabelle was one of my all time favorite people! I always felt a special connection to her. When I think of her, Joy is the word that comes mind - Joy and Laughter 💕 thinking of you all💕 Julie
May 18, 2019
I met clarabelle through the Jeffries family. I painted her house in early 1990’s and she was a pleasure to work for. Myself and Larry Granum appreciated her kindness and all the referrals she gave us. Plus all the grapes we could pick after the pickers were finished!
May 17, 2019
I meet Clarabelle thru New Wrinkles and loved her from day one! Her smile was infectious, her heart was bigger than big and her geniune self was Unbeatable! We sang standing next to each other on stage and every time was more fun than the time before - because she was such a lovely person!
I was truly blessed by the Lord for the opportunity to meet and get to know such a wonderful woman! I know heaven has a new wonderful angel
In their midst - my condolences to the family but Clarabelle I know you are singing and dancing in Heaven- Love always and forever ❤️❤️❤️😇
May 13, 2019
Clarabelle was one of my dearest friends. She brought me joy. She was one of the most upbeat, happy persons I'd known and her zest for life was contagious. There is a large hole in my heart at her passing, but I know she is pain free now, and we will meet again on the other side.