Claire G. Simard, 86, of Shrewsbury

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Obit Claire SimardShrewsbury – Claire G. (Grandmaison) Simard, 86, of Shrewsbury, formerly of Ipswich, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, surrounded by loving family, at Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester. Her husband, of 47 years, Donald A. Simard, predeceased her in 1999.

Claire is survived by her devoted family, including her daughter, Lee A. Simard Agnelli and her husband Joseph F. Agnelli Jr. of Shrewsbury; a son, David D. Simard of Ipswich; three grandchildren, Joseph F. Agnelli III and his wife Maura F. Agnelli, Catherine N. Agnelli Hall and her husband John R. Hall, and Lauren S. Simard; two great-grandchildren, Dylan John Hall and Joseph F. Agnelli IV; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Paul Grandmaison.

Claire was born in Nashua, N.H., daughter of the late, Arthur and Emerina (Sirois) Grandmaison, and graduated from Nashua High School. It was in high school where she met the love of her life, Donald, with whom she would spend the next 55 wonderful years of a love and commitment. Together they raised their family in Ipswich and instilled in them the importance of family and the love that encircles them.

Claire worked for over 40 years as a telephone assembler for AT&T, formerly Western Electric. She was a member of Our Lady of Hope Church in Ipswich and the Ipswich Senior Center. She enjoyed reading, golf, and her love of the beach prompted her to vacation in Wells, Maine during the summer and spend her winters along the coast and its beaches in Sarasota, Fla. She and Donald loved to travel and their passports were stamped around the world in countries throughout Europe, Morocco, Egypt, and many other wonderful places. Their travels kept them here in the United States as well, in such great places as Alaska and Las Vegas.

No matter her location around the world, Claire loved her husband and the family they raised together. Her life invigorated by her grandchildren and her dear, dear great-grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered as a special and caring person.

Calling Hours for Claire will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, from 4-7 p.m., in the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester. Her funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 7 from the funeral home with a procession departing at 9 a.m. to Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Saint Ann Church, 24 Mulberry St., Worcester, where Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Interment beside her husband will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery of Bourne at 2 p.m.

Flowers are appreciated but in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Saint Jude Way, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org.