Beloved mother of six, traveled often, doted on her grandchildren Claire M. Reilly of Sunnyside, Staten Island, NY, formerly of Todt Hill, died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Carmel Richmond Nursing Home. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 16, 1934 and moved to Great Kills, Staten Island when she was five years old. She was the daughter of Edmund and Anne Dobbin, sister of Edmund, Raymond, Donald and Gerard Dobbin, all deceased. After graduating from St. Claire's, she attended St. Peter's High School for Girls and graduated in 1951. She then attended St. Vincent's School of Nursing in Manhattan, graduating in 1954. She worked at St. Vincent's Hospital on Staten Island until 1957, when she married Harold Reilly and moved to Washington, D.C. until 1958 when Harold graduated Georgetown Medical School. Claire and Harold eventually moved back to Staten Island where they raised six children and she devoted her life to her family. She remained involved with St. Vincent's Hospital as a long-term member of the Auxiliary. She is the loving mother to Harold, III (Donna), Michael (Mary), Thomas (Susan), Maureen (John Kelly), James (Kathryn), and Patricia (Joseph Meyer). Loving grandmother to Thomas, Megan and Genevieve Reilly, Rebecca, Hannah, and Emily Claire Reilly, John III, Patrick and Daniel Kelly, Liana, Madeleine and Nicholas Reilly, and Anna Meyer. During their 64 years of marriage, Claire and Harold made many trips throughout the U.S. for business and pleasure. She enjoyed traveling to Europe many times with friends from a Snug Harbor travel group. She also treasured family vacations at their homes in Port St. Lucie and Bay Head, NJ, at all times with her family and close friends. She adored her 13 grandchildren and loved babysitting them; attending their football, baseball and soccer games; track meets, school plays and theater productions, all with her husband by her side. Viewing will be held at Hanley Funeral Home, 60 New Dorp Ln, Staten Island, NY 10306, on Saturday, 7-9 pm. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass is at 10:00 am on Monday, Nov. 22, at St. Ann's Church followed by her burial at Moravian Cemetery.
Published by Staten Island Advance from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2021.