TORRINGTON >> Claire Marie (Rodrigue) Deranleau, age 97, a long time resident, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013. She resided at Michael Koury Terrace from 1983 to 2012, then Valerie Manor. She was born on April 12, 1916 in East Broughton, Quebec, Canada. Claire was the wife of the late Gerald H. Deranleau.
She leaves her daughters Madeleine Kohl and her husband, Tom, of Milford, Martha Sachweh and her husband, William, of Torrington, her sons, Charles and his wife, Nancy, of Old Lyme, and Paul of Torrington as well as seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother, Louis Rodrigue of Canada. She was predeceased by her other four siblings who all lived in California.
Claire, a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy in Quebec, taught school in Quebec City before coming to Connecticut in 1940. She worked twenty-five years at W.W. Mertz Co. and retired in 1978. She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church, a member of St. Francis Choir, St. Francis Women's Club, The Secular Order of St. Francis, French Rosary Society and the Catholic Council of Women. In her earlier years she volunteered at the St. Francis School cafeteria and thrift shop. She was a long time soloist for funerals and weddings at St. Francis Church and other churches from 1965 to 2006. She enjoyed being an active member and soloist in the Silver Belles and Beaux Senior Chorus. She took special pleasure in singing "O Holy Night" in French during the Christmas season at various venues. She was also a participant at the Sullivan Senior Center.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 29, at 10 a.m., from Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home, 258 Prospect Street, Torrington, to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 160 Main Street, Torrington, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in New St. Francis Cemetery, Torrington.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Claire's memory to the Silver Belles and Beaux Chorus, Mary Floyd, director, c/o Sullivan Senior Center, 88 East Albert Street, Torrington, CT 06790 or Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, P.O. Box 667, Litchfield, CT 06759.
To offer an online condolence, please visit www.gleesonryanfuneralhome.com.