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LAWRENCE, MA - Claire (Routhier) Detora ,98, of Lawrence, Mass., died Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Mary Immaculate Restorative Center in Lawrence. She was born in North Andover, Mass., May 7, 1919, to the late Joseph and Eva (LeFebvre) Routhier.
Claire graduated from Johnson High School in North Andover, Class of 1937. She also attended Boston College and Seattle University for religious education. She taught in Maine and Massachusetts, and also at Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, Mass., for 20 years.
In November of 2014 Claire received The Bishop Cheverus Medal from Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley for recognition of exemplary service to others. She was an affiliate of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Biddeford, Maine; a member of St. Michael's Sodality; Eucharistic Minister; and a Lector. She was also a librarian and volunteer for many other parish activities. She was active at the North Andover Senior Center and enjoyed bowling, bingo, crocheting, baking and reading. She especially enjoyed and loved spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the Whittaker family who have been so gracious and accepting her through the years.
Claire was the widow of John Detora and was predeceased by her stepson, Gary. She is survived by her stepson, Leighton Detora and his wife, Regina of Stowe, Vt.; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, December 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 20, at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA. Burial will follow in Ridgewood Cemetery, North Andover, Mass. For online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Renovation Fund or to Lazarus House Ministries.
Published on December 17, 2017
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