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Claire St. Arnaud Abernathy

Claire S. St. Arnaud Abernathy, 80, of Ashlar Village, Wallingford, formerly of Lexington, Ma., died, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Masonicare Health Center. She was the beloved wife of the late William J. Abernathy. She was born in Fitchburg, Ma., November 21, 1930, a daughter of the late Armand St. Arnaud Sr. and Flora Croteau St. Arnaud, and had been a long time resident of Lexington, MA., before moving to Wallingford. She was a graduate of Mount St. Mary College and earned her Masters Degree from Simmons University in Boston. Clair was employed as a Librarian at Harvard University until her retirement and enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her two daughters, Evelyn C. Abernathy and her husband Douglas Silin of Cheshire and Janine S. Abernathy and her husband Joseph Markham of Mashpee, MA.; her son William J. Abernathy and his wife Yun of Glen Ridge, NJ., her 7 grandchildren; David, Danielle, Maxwell, Stephanie, Lucas, Chase and Cameron, her sister Barbara OMalley of Leominster, MA; her brother Armand St. Arnaud Jr. of Lunenburg, MA; and several nieces and nephews. Her family received relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main Street, Ext., Saturday, April 9, from 1 pm. until 1:45 p.m. A funeral service was held at Wallingford Funeral Home. Interment in Westview Cemetery in Lexington, MA. will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gifts Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Dr. Triangle,VA. 22172. www.wallingfordfh.com


Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 8 to Apr. 15, 2011
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