Claire (Martel) Boucher
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FROSTPROOF, Fla. - Claire (Martel) Boucher passed away on Monday, November 4, 2013at her home in Frostproof, Florida. She lived to age 83. Of those years, 62 were spent married to Louis Boucher, Sr. Together they raised seven children.
Born on a farm in Madbury, New Hampshire, Claire attended a one-room schoolhouse and later graduated from Berwick High School in Maine as the class salutatorian. She instilled a respect for education in her children, all of whom have been teachers, in one context or another.
While raising her family (sewing their clothing, cutting their hair, decorating their birthday cakes), she also worked outside of the home, primarily as a bookkeeper. She was employed for many years at Star Lumber Company in Somersworth, New Hampshire, before her retirement in 1990.
She was intelligent, hard working, practical, frugal, and generous. Many were the life-long friends who were welcomed into her home as part of the family, including Joanne Rodis and the Nobis family, who mourn her passing.
With passion and precision, Claire sewed patchwork quilts as well as clothing. She knitted afghans and enjoyed all manner of card games.
Claire's parents, Donat Martel and Marie Anne (Renaud) Martel, predeceased her, as did her brothers, Robert Martel and Lionel Martel, as well as her husband, Louis Boucher, Sr. She is survived by three siblings, Anita Keefe of Dover, New Hampshire, Maurice (Madeleine) Martel of Eliot, Maine, and Doris (David) Piatak of Prescott, Arizona, as well as her sister-in-law, Bernadette Martel of Durham, New Hampshire.
Claire will be missed by her children: Muriel (Ron) Mikulewicz of Frostproof, Florida, Helen Boucher of Florence, South Carolina, Arlene Boucher of Rollinsford, New Hampshire, Denise (Jay) Whitehouse of Rollinsford, New Hampshire, Rachel (David) Venus of Duncan, South Carolina, Teresa Boucher of Boise, Idaho, and Louis (Julie) Boucher Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri.
In addition to numerous friends and three siblings, Claire leaves behind seven children, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and homemade patchwork quilts in so many of our homes. Adieu, Maman. Adieu, Mémère. Adieu, Grand-mémère.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to Dr. Sunaina Khurana and Good Shepherd Home Hospice Care of Sebring, Florida.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park, Florida on Saturday, November 16. Claire's ashes will be interred in the family plot at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Somersworth, New Hampshire.
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Published in Fosters from Nov. 7 to Nov. 10, 2013