1929 – 2018
Putnam – Claire (Robitaille) Bartolomei, 89, of Thurber Rd, formerly of Vandale St., died Sunday, April 1, 2018 in Day Kimball Hospital. She was the loving wife of the late James H. Bartolomei, Sr. Born in Ballouville, CT, she was the daughter of the late Armand J. and Albina (Cusson) Robitaille.
Claire worked as a school lunch director for the Putnam School System. She was a member of St. Mary Church of the Visitation, The League of Catholic Women, Daughters of Isabella, Widows Support Group, and was a literacy volunteer and mentor where she was recognized for her contributions to the programs. She enjoyed many hobbies, including reading, cooking, baking, ceramics, golfing, bowling and traveling.
She spent most of her summers on Long Sands Beach in York Beach, ME; and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, and UConn Woman’s Basketball teams.
Claire is survived by her sons, James H. Bartolomei, Jr. and his wife Donna of Brooklyn, CT, John A. Bartolomei and his wife Pamela of Woodstock, Jeffrey F. Bartolomei and his wife Laura Burke of Woodstock, and Jay R. Bartolomei and Karen Minette Weinstein of West Hartford, her daughters; Jo-Ann B. Dean of Vernon, CT, Joyce D. Adams and husband Michael D. of Killingly; and Dr. Jill M. Espelin and husband Gary O. of West Hartford; her grandchildren, Wendy O’Brien and husband David, James H, Bartolomei III, and wife Suzanne, Lesley Young and husband Douglas, Benjamin Bartolomei and wife Melissa, Ian Bartolomei and husband Paul, Tyla Cielinski and husband Brian, Misty Baff, Marc Espelin, Michael Espelin, Zack Bartolomei, Darius and Delina Bartolomei, Laura Laidley and her husband Larry, Justin Loura and Jenn Conely, and Kayla Simpson; and great-grandchildren Nick O’Brien, Grace and James Henry IV Bartolomei, Alexa and Drew Young, Eli and Elena Bartolomei, Reagan, Kennedy, McKinley and Maddie Cielinski and Mason and Hunter LaRoche as well as nephews, nieces and many friends.
Claire was predeceased by her younger sister, the late Theresa O’Connell.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Claire’s family from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018 in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. A Mass of Christian Burial at will take place at 12:00 p.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation Church, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Webster, MA. Memorial donations may be made to Matulaitis Nursing Home for the Residents Activities Fund, 10 Thurber Road, Putnam, CT 06260.
For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.