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Clara Basalari

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MANCHESTER CENTER -- Clara B. Basalari, 71, a resident of Leland Drive in Manchester Center, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 13, 2007, at Glens Falls, N.Y., hospital.

Clara was born in Long Island City, N.Y., on April 10, 1936, the daughter of Sastiano and Filomena (Tufano) Lazara. She attended local schools and graduated from Long Island City High School.

Clara worked for many years as a professional nanny. Her love for children was so evident that she was a nana to many children in Manchester. Clara is a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Manchester and was a former member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church while living in Long Island City. She cherished times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was very active with her grandchildren and they meant everything to her.

Clara is survived by her husband Robert of 48 years, to whom she married in Long Island City, N.Y., on June 27, 1959; her son, Anthony G. Basalari and his wife Leslie of Pasadena, Calif.; her daughter, Marisa Shaw and her husband, Larry, of Rupert; two sisters, Mary Ann Catalano of Ridgewood, N.J., and Geraldine Lazara of Middletown, N.Y.; and four grandchildren, Samantha and Jack Basalari and Nathaniel and Lillian Shaw.

A Mass of Christian death and burial will be celebrated Friday morning, Nov. 16, 2007, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Manchester. Interment will be private. There are no visiting hours. If friends desire, memorial gift’s in Clara’s memory may be made to Food for the Poor, in care of Brewster Funeral Service P.O. Box 885 Manchester, Vermont 05255. For directions or to send the family of Clara Basalari personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster Funeral Service 34 Park Place Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 15, 2007
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