Claire Hueber Eichinger

May 23, 1936 - Jul 21, 2012

Obituary

Claire Hueber Eichinger, RN, a Northern California long-term care nursing icon who comforted thousands of families during her 50-year career, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2012, at the age of 76. Born May 23, 1936, in Queens, New York, to George and Camille Hueber, Claire lived the last 28 years in Citrus Heights.

Claire combined her nursing knowledge with a colorful style that put patients at ease. While she brought comfort to the sick in hospitals and nursing homes throughout the West during her ascendant career, she never lost her path as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of nurses, nursing assistants, dietitians, physical therapists, pharmacists, social workers, administrators and physicians. In the early part of her career, she rapidly rose from public health nurse to nursing instructor to director of nursing at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia State Department of Health and at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She became renowned in her field for managing state and federal surveys to improve patient care in nursing homes.

She received her BSN from George Mason University in 1977, and quickly began her career in administration. After moving to Sacramento in the 1980s, she became a director of quality assurance and an expert nurse-consultant while continuing as director of nurses at various facilities. She soon rose to upper-level management with Beverly Enterprises, pioneering as a female administrator in a male-dominated industry.

From 1990 forward, Claire moved into the geriatric field and became a skilled nursing specialist for several facilities in the Sacramento area, including Manor Care, Sutter Oaks, GranCare, Courtyard and Rosewood Terrace, where she worked up until last month.

Claire loved worldwide traveling, cooking, sewing, socializing over coffee, talking on the telephone in her distinctive New York City accent, gathering for special dinners and holidays, and caring for her beloved Boston Terrier, Ginger.

Her eldest brother Larry Hueber predeceased her. She is survived by her brother Bob Hueber (Erma); son, Ed Eichinger; daughter, Mariellen Layne (Bill); and daughter Susan Anderson (Tim); and by her cherished grandchildren: Seth Eichinger and Billy, Julia and Richard Layne.

A memorial service honoring Claire’s extraordinary life will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. at East Lawn Memorial Park Mortuary at 4300 Folsom Blvd. in East Sacramento.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Claire Eichinger to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California Davis. UC Regents, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA 95820. Funds will support scholarships for students focusing on gerontological nursing.

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