Claire E. Strouse, 82, of Westborough


Westborough – Claire E. Strouse, 82, of Westborough, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, July 21, 2015. She was the wife of John F. “Jack” Strouse Jr.

Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Byrnes) McCarthy. She was a graduate of St. Xavier Academy in Providence, R.I. and attended and graduated from the College of New Rochelle in New York, where she majored in Sociology.

She was a communicant of St. Luke the Evangelist Church, a member of the Women of St. Luke’s, and past president of the Westborough Women’s Club.

Claire was a devoted wife, dedicated mother, and cherished grandmother. She always said her children and grandchildren where her “jewels.” She enjoyed her trips to Ireland and Scotland, and especially loved trips to the beach in Rhode Island. She also enjoyed playing bridge.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by six children, John F. Strouse III and his wife Theresa of Grafton, Elizabeth S. “Betsy” Ricci and her husband Charles, of East Providence, R.I., Denise M. Harrison and her husband Timothy of Sutton, Stephen P. Strouse of Westborough, Mary-Claire DeCoursey and her husband Stephen of Westborough, and Nancy E. Stanton and her husband Michael of Westborough; one brother, John McCarthy of Cumberland, R.I.; and 13 grandchildren, Jacqueline and Stephanie Strouse, Joanna and Abby Ricci, Christy Harrison, Timothy Harrison and his wife, Stephanie, Paige Harrison, Jack Harrison, Timothy, Katie and Tommy DeCoursey, and John and Drew Stanton. She was the sister of the late Robert McCarthy.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery. Calling hours at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, are Thursday, July 23, from 5-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Luke the Evangelist Church Memorial Fund, 70 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581.