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Clare K. Kearns DeFalco

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mrs. Clare K. (Kearns) DeFalco, 81, of Marion Avenue, North Adams, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at the North Adams Regional Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born in Adams on March 8, 1924, a daughter of the late William H. Kearns and Mary A. (Nolan) Kearns. She was educated in Adams schools and graduated from the former Adams High School with the Class of 1942. Before her retirement, she was last employed as assistant manager of the Sears Roebuck Store of North Adams. She was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church of North Adams and a member and past president of the St. Anthony Rosary Society.

She volunteered as a Grey Lady at the North Adams Regional Hospital for 32 years and served on several hospital committees and the North Adams Blood Bank. She was a member of the North Adams Travel Club.

Mrs. DeFalco was an avid golfer and a member of the Taconic Golf Club of Williamstown, the Mount Anthony Golf Club of Bennington, Vt. and a former member of the North Adams Country Club.

Her husband was Hugo F. DeFalco, who died on Oct. 21, 1994. They were married in Adams on June 7, 1947.

Survivors include nieces and nephews, including Michael C. Reardon and Peter W. Reardon of Southampton, and grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Kathleen Horton and Ann Reardon, on Oct. 28, 1978.

Funeral services for Clare DeFalco will take place Wednesday, May 19, at 9:45 a.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals-West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, followed by a liturgy of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 64 Marshall St., North Adams, with the Rev. Daniel J. O’Hear, pastor, officiating. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for St. Jude Children’s Hospital through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 17, 2005
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