Mrs. Polly Lenone Duvall Fleckles Wicarius of Claremont, CA passed away suddenly at Pomona Valley Hospital on June 21, 2013 with family at her bedside. Polly was 80 years old, born 7/8/1932 in Middletown, OH, the only child of Daniel Graves and Maude Park. She grew up in Middletown, OH, attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL, where she met her first husband, David E. Fleckles. They had three children, Lisa, Andrea and David, moved to San Fernando Valley, CA in 1956, and then subsequently moved to Coronado, CA in 1964.
She divorced and later remarried Martin E. Wicarius, DDS of Coronado in 1972, who had three previous children, Steve, Joanne and Thera. Polly was involved in the Wicarius Dental Practice and later became a registered Dental Assistant, graduating from the University of Southern California program. Her other hobbies and interests included the Coronado Garden Club of which she had many flower show entries. She was quite skilled in flower arranging, cooking and needlecrafts. She and Dr. “Wic” Wicarius later volunteered together at the St. Vincent De Paul’s Center for the Homeless in San Diego. They provided free dental care to many in need at the Center. She also loved camping outdoors as well as boating and spent many enjoyable years on the water in Coronado and San Diego. They were active members of the Coronado Yacht Club for many years.
In 2002, Polly moved to Claremont, CA to be closer to her son, David and his family, after her husband “Wic” passed. She continued to be involved and enjoy her crafts, reading, card-making, gardening and flower arranging. Polly was also well known for her quick wit and love of comedy. She adored her family who were in close contact with her, especially her eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She had many close and dear friends from different places she lived who will greatly miss her.
She is survived by her children, Lisa Fleckles Belcher, Andrea Fleckles Morey, David Von Fleckles, her three step-children Stephen Wicarius, Joanne Wicarius Pierson and Thera Wicarius Woodruff; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Amber, Melissa, Alex, Dustin, Janine, Jordan and Griffin; seven great-grandchildren, Grace, Lincoln, Nadya, Amelie, Oliver, Albany and Amina. She had loved animals as well and her three devoted cats will miss her caring ways.
There was a “Celebration of Life” gathering for family and friends at her residence in Claremont and it was a wonderful closing to a full life. She will be cremated with ashes resting in Columbia, Tennessee at a future date to lie amongst family members.