Christine E. McElreavy, 87, of Maple Avenue in Claremont, NH, formerly of Clay Hill Road, died on Saturday (Jan. 16, 2021) at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, following a period of failing health.
She was born in Springfield, VT, on October 17, 1933, the daughter of Frank and Vulena (Kangas) Johnson. She graduated from Springfield High School, Class of 1951, and worked as secretary at the high school for Principal Maurice O’Leary for one year following graduation. She married Joseph T. McElreavy on June 28, 1952. They made their home on Clay Hill Road where they had built their house. She and Joseph celebrated their 68 th wedding anniversary in June of 2020. Chris did clerical work at Claremont Shoe Company and Joy Manufacturing Co. She also worked at Hampshire Mfg. Company and part time at One Hour Martinizing and Kleen Dry Cleaners. She especially enjoyed their 25 years at their summer cottage on Perkin’s Pond in Sunapee, NH, swimming, boating, and water skiing. She also enjoyed her grandchildren, crossword puzzles, crocheting and knitting hats, mittens, and lap robes for the needy. She always enjoyed music and learned to play the organ. She joined a country band, sang vocals and played rhythm guitar along with her husband, Joe, for several years in the Harold Fordham Band. Chris was a member of the Claremont Senior Center, Congress of Senior Citizens, Claremont Chapter AARP, Chapter #4344 and Claremont Group Coordinator for the Sight Services for Independent Living.
Members of her family include her husband, Joseph, Claremont, NH; two daughters, Diane (Jack) MacIntyre, Yorktown, VA; Sharon (Michael) Gilbert, Claremont, NH; three grandsons, Ryan (Lori) MacIntyre, Jeffrey Gilbert, Daniel Gilbert, one great grandson, Brandon MacIntyre, a brother, Fred Johnson, Springfield, VT, one niece and three nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, her stepmother, Ella (Champany) Johnson, a brother, Frank, Jr., and two very special people, Aunt Ina Underwood and Uncle Arthur Kangas.
There will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday (Jan. 22) with the Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The McElreavy family and St. Mary Parish remind you that masks and social distancing are required.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Mary’s Parish, 32 Pearl Street, Claremont, NH 03743 or to the charity of one’s choice. You are invited to share a memory of Christine with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com.
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