Charlton - Claire Merchant, 84, died July 18, at Masonic Home healthcare Center. Her husband of 56 years died November 7, 2015.
She leaves four sons, Albert E. Merchant Jr., of Bolton, Stephen Merchant of Oxford, Michael Merchant of Sturbridge, Christopher Merchant of Charlton, 9 grandchildren Michael Merchant Jr. Eleanor Merchant, Elizabeth Merchant, Madelyn Merchant, Esther Merchant, Samuel Merchant, Jarad Merchant, Coby Merchant, Calle Merchant, and nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her sisters Dorothy Mercuri, Jean Ethier, Margaret McShera, Louise Burenette, 2 brothers William Riopel and Richard Riopel .
Claire graduated from Commerce High School in 1952. She was an administrative assistance at Overlook Masonic Home for over 30 years.
She was a member of St. Joseph Parish and its Women's Club. She belonged to the Helping Hands Society. She was a past Member of the Order of the Easter Star.
Her funeral will be held at 11:00AM Saturday July 21, in St. Joseph Church, 10 H. Putnam Rd Ext, Charlton. Burial will follow in Northside Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Church prior to the Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children 516 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104.
Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St. Southbridge is directing arrangements.
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