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Claire K. Kennedy

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SHAFTSBURY -- Claire Kane Kennedy, 99, died at home on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005. She had lived at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Eileen and Carl Steinmeyer, on Hewitt Drive in Harvest Hills, Shaftsbury, for the past eight years.

Born in Augusta, Maine on April 25,1905, she was the daughter of Alphonsine and William Kane. She lived in Augusta until moving to Vermont in September 1996 to live with her daughter. Her husband Fred I. Kennedy predeceased her in 1981.

Many will remember visiting with her while she spent time at her daughter’s bridal shop in Bennington.

She was an accomplished seamstress and was employed as a hat designer in earlier years. After her move to Vermont, Claire enjoyed helping feed and socialize many cats and kittens from the Second Chance Animal Center that found a temporary home at her daughter’s house until they were adopted. She will be missed by her canine companion, Bars, a very large Russian wolfhound.

Besides her daughter and son-in-law, Claire is survived by three grandchildren, Michael Steinmeyer and wife Mila of Murrieta, Calif., Cheryl Hulbert and her husband Scott of Williamstown, and Lisa Pitrowiski of Waterbury; six great-grandchildren, Jennifer Steimneyer of Murrieta, Calif., Christopher Hulbert and Eric Hulbert, both of Williamstown, Andrew Pitrowiski, Kaitlynn Pitrowiski, and Ashley Pitrowiski of Waterbury; and a niece, Shirley Lizotte, and her husband Paul of Manchester, Maine.

In addition to her husband, Claire was predeceased by two sisters, Grace Kane and Maud Gagnon and three brothers, Finley Kane, Stanley Kane and Matthew Kane.

There will not be any calling hours. A Mass of Christian death and burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, North Bennington, on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. Edward Howard, pastor, officiating. Interment will take place in the spring of 2005 in Manchester, Maine.

Memorials in her honor may be made to the Second Chance Animal Center through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 6, 2005
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