Claire Annette LePine
Westfield, MA – Claire LePine went home to God on Thursday morning as her loving family embraced her. She was born in Putnam, CT on October 24, 1925 to her beloved parents Dora and Francis LePine. She leaves her devoted children, Michelle Fournier and husband Mark, Marie Kunkler and husband Dennis, Annette Newman and husband Joe, Walter Godek and companion Sue, and Monique Dangleis and husband Bob. Claire’s gifts to the world include her 12 grandchildren; Genevieve, David, Marissa Fournier; Lee, Lauren, Stephen Kunkler; Nick Newman; Ashley, Kevin, Michael Godek; Beau, Abby Dangleis. They will forever cherish memories of their Memere. She is predeceased by her brothers Paul LePine, Francis LePine and sister Theresa Nichols. She is survived by her loving sister, Rita Kirmil and many caring nieces and nephews.
Claire was a devout Catholic who made a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. She continually expressed her faith through deed and word. The depth of her magnificent love knew no bounds. What a GIFT God gave to us! Though she has left this earth, her legacy of strength, dignity, humor and love live on. She has inspired us with her intelligence, unselfishness and unwavering grace even in the most difficult of times. We will use her life as an exemplary model for our own. Thank you, mom.
Waking hours will be held at Messier’s Funeral Home in Holyoke, MA on Sunday January 24, 2010 from 4:00-7:00pm. A viewing will take place at the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church Street, Putnam, CT on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:00am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence Street, Putnam. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donate to The Arthritis Foundation’s Hope Through Heroes Memorial Fund.