Claire M. Lagace, 1929 - 2016

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Claire M. Lagace, 87, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, with her family at her side, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. She was born in Lewiston on July 27, 1929, a daughter of Maurice and Marie Anne Aubut Malo. Claire graduated from Lewiston High School, Class of ’46, and progressed to the Auburn Maine School of Commerce, where she graduated in 1948. Upon graduation, she was employed in the office of W.S. Libbey Co. for ten years, and then went to work as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business until his retirement. She had been a lifetime communicant of Holy Family Church, Prince of Peace Parish, and was a choir member for over 61 years, after which she joined the Holy Family Funeral Choir. She had participated in other vocal groups in the area, including being a member of the Foyer Musical Chorale, where many functions were jointly held with the Orpheon Choral Group under the direction of Alexis Cote. She was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne Sodality, taught religious education, served as a Eucharistic Minister, lector, and worked in pastoral care, the lay ministry program, and other parish functions. A leader of the Paraclete Prayer Group, she had served on the Advisory Board for the Charismatic Renewal, and had organized many days of recollection, retreats, and Healing Services. She was an avid reader and loved the ocean. Claire was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Lucien “Lou” Lagace of Lewiston, and a sister, Jacqueline, who passed away at a young age. She is survived by two sons, Paul and wife Robin of Wilmington, MA, and Dan and wife Elyse of Voluntown, CT, a brother, Louis R. Malo and wife Lina of Upper St. Clair, PA, two sisters, Claudette and husband Paul Jalbert of Lewiston, and Diane S. Williams of Lewiston, a brother-in-law, Rene Lagace and wife Therese of Lewiston, a sister-in-law, Irene Lamontagne of Randolph Center, VT, and many special and caring nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends, and their children. 

Funeral Notice

LAGACE,  Claire, 87, of Lewiston, died in Lewiston on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 PM, with funeral services Friday, 11 AM, Holy Family Church. Interment, St. Peter’s Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to Holy Family Choir, c/o Prince of Peace Parish, P.O. Box 1540, Lewiston, ME 04241-1540. 

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