Claire Lorraine Quinn
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Claire Lorraine Quinn, 102
Proud to have 'been there, done that' along the way
Claire Lorraine Quinn, (nee Nadler), 102, passed away on August 20, 2020 at the Addeo Hospice Residence following a brief illness. She is survived by her grandchildren, Matthew Durkin (Heather), Thomas Watson (Nicolina), Claire Watson (Allison), Jaclyn Durkin (Paul) and Erica Durkin; great-grandchildren Thomas, Patrick, Caroline Watson and MacTavish Durkin. She is also survived by her daughters-in-law Elizabeth Durkin, Michele Durkin and her son-in-law Thomas Watson. Her grandson, Jeffrey Durkin, sadly passed away in 2011.
Claire was born on Manhattan's West Side to Marguerite and Edward Nadler, who operated a newsstand at the intersection of 72nd Street and Broadway. She graduated from Textile High School with her sister Evelyn Nadler (2002) and was a dictaphone operator at various companies including Merrill Lynch. She was married to Thomas Durkin in 1941 until his passing in 1958, they had three children together, Thomas Durkin (2016), Christine Watson (2019) and Edward Durkin (2001), sadly all predeceased their mother.
She enjoyed childhood summers on Staten Island, staying in bungalows at Camp Warren, which later became Warren Manor. The family relocated to the Berry Homes in Dongan Hills in 1950 and became parishioners of St. Ann's Parish.
A few years after Thomas passed, Claire married Henry H. Quinn, a longtime family friend. The couple made their home in Dongan Hills as one of the original residents of newly created Ruth Place in August of 1961. The two were married for 20 years until his death in 1981. Claire and Henry visited many ports of call including Bermuda, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. She also saw much of the 50 states on several road trips in the '60s and '70s and vacations with her best friend Dorothy Geer in the '80s. Her vast travels prompted one of Claire's most notable sayings, "been there, done that".
Claire was a strong matriarch who cared for her father, husband Henry and sister in her home while they were ill. Her home was always open to family, most of whom took turns staying or residing at 'Nana's B & B'. Her daughter Christine and son-in-law Thomas moved in to care for her in 2006.
She has been described as classy, elegant and a good-time loving gal, but she will be missed most for her warmth and devotion to family.
A. Azzara Funeral Home, 183 Sand Lane, has been entrusted with Mrs. Quinn's funeral arrangements which include memorial visitation and service on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 6 pm to 9pm.

A. Azzara Funeral Home
183 Sand Lane
Staten Island, N.Y. 10304
(718) 727-1440

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Published in Staten Island Advance on Sep. 13, 2020.
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