Claire V. Skrzypczak, 77, of Marlborough


Marlborough – Claire V. (Chaves) Skrzypczak, 77, of Marlborough, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary I. (Ferreira) Chaves and the wife of the late Albert R. Skrzypczak, who died in 2006.

Educated at Classical High School in Rhode Island, Claire majored in Mathematics at the University of Rhode Island, where she graduated with honors and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Through the years, she continued her education and earned her MBA from Nichols University, remaining active in the Alumni Associations of her alma maters.

She had been employed as a systems analyst for New England Electric Company, retiring after 19 years of service. She had also worked at and taught for H&R Block, and had been an independent tax consultant.

Claire lived an active and full life. She was a patron of music and the arts, and loved the theatre, performing locally in stage productions. She also loved singing in the choir at her parish, Our Lady of Fatima in Sudbury, and her former parish, Immaculate Conception in Marlborough, as well as St. Thomas More Parish, Narragansett, R.I.

As a member of Serra Club of the Diocese of Providence and of Mary Mother of Priests Apostolate (MMOP), Claire was the founding member who coordinated the Rhode Island Adopt-A-Priest Program, which supports priests and vocations.

She had been athletic since her youth and continued her love of sports, enjoyed her home and garden in Rhode Island, antiquing, and socializing with her many, many close friends.

She is survived by her sons, Peter Skrzypczak of Marlborough and Michael Skrzypczak, his wife Leslie, and their sons Jeffrey and Andrew of Hopkinton; her daughters, Elaine Tyson, her husband Ned, and their daughter Edie of Cape Coral, Fla. and Jean and her son Joseph Longtine; her brother, Erwin Chaves and his wife Nancy of Seattle, Wash.; her sister, Phyllis Cronin and her husband Joe of Palos Verdes, Calif.; her nephew, Michael Chaves; and her nieces, Courtney Dold and her husband Stefan and Jessica Cronin.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, Dec. 12, from 4-7 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Dec.13 at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 178 Concord Rd., Sudbury. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson Street, Marlborough.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint John Seminary, 127 Lake St., Boston, MA 02135-3898; Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118; or Our Lady of Providence Seminary, 485 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence, RI 02809.