Clara Harriet Stoffolano
1931 - 2021
Clara Harriet Stoffolano 1931 - 2021
OH - Clara Harriet Stoffolano, formerly of Herkimer NY, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on May 21, 2021.
Clara was born on September 17, 1931, to Clayton and Evelyn (Thompson) Tanner in Gloversville. She was educated in Gloversville schools and graduated from Gloversville High School. She later furthered her education at a Secretarial School.
Clara married Joseph Stoffolano, on December 12, 1959, in Canaan, CT and
moved to Herkimer at that time. Joseph passed away on March 11, 2006, giving Joe and Clara 46 happy years together.
Clara was very active in her community and was once on the Board of Directors of the Mohawk Homestead. She loved going to the Town of Herkimer Senior group (to play cards) in East Herkimer. Clara was also very active at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Little Falls. At one time, she was in charge of the nursery and loved spending time with the kids. She also loved helping at the thrift store every Friday. Clara was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Crowley-Barnum American Legion Post 25, Mohawk.
Clara's final years were among her happiest: family gatherings, outings with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren (they could and would always put a smile on her face). The pandemic was tough for Clara, but we did our best to keep close. Joey got her an Ipad and taught her how to use it, so we all could do virtual chats with her and oh she loved to chat.
Clara was predeceased by her parents, her brother, William Tanner and sister-in-law, Bea, who she loved like a sister. She was also predeceased by her best friend, Pat Crozier.
She is survived by her son, Peter and his wife, Cindy, of Mason, OH; and daughter, Jean Stoffolano, of Gloversville. Clara was most proud of her grandchildren, Andrew D. Gladwin, III, of Niskayuna, Joseph and his wife, Amanda, Anthony and his wife, Katie and Sarah Stoffolano; and the true loves of her life, her great-grandchildren, Lincoln, Weston and Edward, all of the Mason, OH area. Clara is also survived by her sister, Nora (John) Otruba, of New York; and many nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.
A private graveside remembrance will occur in NY for the immediate family in the future.
Donations can be made to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Little Falls, which Mom loved dearly or a charity of your own choosing. Thanks to everyone for all the cards and calls - it has meant a lot.
Published by Times Telegram from Jul. 10 to Jul. 12, 2021.
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Clara was such a lovely lady that I got to know through my marriage to her cousin, Glenn Tanner. Can believe she and her cousins and family are having one heck of a heavenly laugh fest and music filled reunion. Sincere condolences to you all.
Ree Weidemeyer Tanner
July 11, 2021
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