Clara Baker

Clara Baker, 100 yrs. old died May 2, 2018 in San Jose, CA. Formerly of Woodbridge and Stratford, CT she was the widow of Milton Baker and is survived by a daughter Barbara Baker of Campbell, CA, a son Stuart Baker of San Diego, CA and two grandchildren, Bowen and Austin Baker. She was the first wife of the actor Zero Mostel. She was born in Alberta Canada, Sept. 6, 1917, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Sverd. She received a BA from Hunter College. For a few years she reviewed plays for Twentieth Century Fox to see if they could be made into movies.
Funeral service was private with interment in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT.

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  1. Carole and Harold Greenbaum said,

    05.17.18 at 1:12 am

    Dear Barbara and Stuart
    Your mom was an indomitable woman so it doesn’t surprise us that she lived to be 100.
    She was a devoted wife mother and friend.”
    I think her motto might have been”don’t mess with my cubs”
    We are pleased to see that she moved out to California and had the pleasure of enjoying you all. Best wishes. Carole and a harold Greenbaum and all our family

  2. Martha Weisbart said,

    05.17.18 at 1:20 am

    Dear Barbara and Stuart,
    Clare was one of the first strong, charming and delightful women I met in New Haven when I was a young bride. We met through the JCC — she and Roz Spielvogel were the backbone of many of the arts programs….and both in ways large and small mentored me….and, if my memory serves me….she shared with me that in her obviously very interesting — maybe even somewhat bohemian early life, before your beloved father….she was wife to Zero Mostel…was I correct? I was wide eyed in her presence and very much enjoyed knowing her. I hope her life was as rich and rewarding as she seemed to me. My sympathy and regards.
    Martha Weisbart

  3. Bobbsie Rifkin said,

    05.17.18 at 6:23 pm

    Dear Barbara and Stuart
    You may remember my dad: Dr Aaron Hertz
    I do not know if he was your dentist when you were in the New Haven area.
    I know that my dad and your dad attended MANY Yale sports events together !!!
    Barbara, I know how special your Mom was to you. She loved you very much and I’m sure that right up until the last possible moment—-she was taking care of you to be sure that you were as comfortable as possible.
    Love, Bobbsie (formally of Spring Glen, in Hamden)