MANCHESTER - Marie Claire (Courchesne) Roy, 84, of Manchester, passed on Nov. 13, 2012, at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center, surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.
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"Claire," as she was known, was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Manville, R.I., the daughter of the late Theodore and Albina (Latour) Courchesne. As a young girl, she lived in Jewett City, Conn., and her family moved to Manchester during her high school years. She graduated from West High School and it was during this time she met her lifelong love, Roger Roy, and married in 1947. They settled in Manchester raising seven children.
They co-owned a small grocery store (Corner Cash) in East Manchester for many years, working endless hours side by side. Claire and Roger spent 50 married years together until his death in 1997. She was also employed for almost 17 years with Home Insurance until her retirement in 1994.
Her special interests included watching the Red Sox, going to the beach, gardening, Bible study, cross-stitch, puzzles of all kinds and swimming. Her biggest gift to her children was her inexhaustible sense of humor and the love of song, music, and dance. Her energy and laughter were contagious.
Even as her disease overtook her, she would still meet you with a smile. You would often find her listening with total enjoyment to the sounds of a Big Band oldie, tapping her feet and humming along as it took her back to the great music of her time.
Her greatest passion, however, was being with family. She was a dedicated mother and a proud and loving grandmother and great-grandmother. Her love for family was surpassed by nothing else and everything about her will be forever missed.
She was predeceased by a son, Andrew and six siblings, Delphis, William, Jeannette, Exelia, Jeanne d'Arc, and Marcella.
Family members include four daughters, Suzanne Blanchfield and husband, David of Manchester, Sylvia Jerzyk of Manchester, Margie Landry and husband, Tom of Goffstown and Cheryl LeBlanc and husband David, of Nottingham; daughter-in-law Denise Roy, wife of Andy (deceased son) of Bedford; two sons, David Roy and wife, Melissa and Arthur (Chip) Roy and wife, Chris, both of Manchester; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Bergeron and the nursing staff at Villa Crest for their excellent care and compassion and for making Claire's final days peaceful and comfortable.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St.
A memorial service will be celebrated immediately after in Phaneuf chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Manchester.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Claire's memory to the
of N.H., 1 Bedford Drive, Bedford 03110.
For more information or to view an on-line Tribute, go to www.phaneuf.net.
Phaneuf Funeral Homes
243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Nov. 15, 2012