Claire Fontaine, 93, of Lake Sunapee, NH, and Franklin, PA, died peacefully Jan. 6, 2020, with her loving, heartbroken family at her side.
She was born in Claremont, NH, March 28,1926, to Alfred and Beatrice Bonneau Lepitre.
She attended St. Mary school in Claremont and attended and graduated from Stevens High School.
She married Francis Xavier Fontaine June 23rd 1945 at St. Mary Church, Claremont, NH.
Claire spent the early years of her life in the throes of the great depression. It was during this time that she learned that to survive in this world it would take grit, determination, and a strong will to succeed and overcome considerable obstacles.
In their early years together, she and her husband faced many hurdles in their lives that bonded them much closer together.
She was the key person for the everyday care for her children, as her husband worked long, hard hours to provide the necessities for their survival. Her love and affection, along with her guidance of teaching her children to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner showed everyone who knew her that she was a strong, caring and intuitive person as she moved through her life.
Claire was predeceased by her husband, Francis on August 19, 2017.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Fontaine, of Erie, PA, and her son, David Fontaine of Franklin, PA.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Karen Hawkins and her husband, Steve of Polk, PA, Michelle Freer and her husband, Dennis, also of Polk, PA, Francis Xavier Fontaine III and his wife Amanda, of Lancaster, PA, Amanda Leonardi and her husband Buddy of Wilmington, NC. And Kathleen Pacak and husband Jeff of Erie, PA. Great grandchildren, Isabella and Gabriella Leonardi, Sophia Pacak, Justin Hawkins, Derek and Lane Freer, Kylie Ann and Quinten Fontaine.
A private Catholic Funeral Mass will be at the convenience of the family, and interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Claremont, NH.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks any donations be made to St Jude’s Chidrens Hospital in accordance with her deep caring for the wonderful work to help children who may otherwise not be able to get superior medical care.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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