Claire Louise (Donnelly) Tobia, 94

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 23:00

Claire Louise (Donnelly) Tobia, 94, of Windham, NH, passed away peacefully on Dec, 8, surrounded by her family at the Warde Health Center, Windham, NH.

Funeral arrangements took place on Dec. 12 in Windham.

Claire was born in Fall River, Mass., one of eight children of Lawrence and Susan Donnelly. She attended Saint Mary’s School and was taught by the Sisters of Mercy. She later attended Durfee High School and worked in Fall River where she met and married John Tobia; their marriage lasted for 67 years, until John’s death in 2010.

Her family wrote: “Claire and Johnny raised their family in Methuen, Mass., where Claire became known for her joyful, loving ways as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Y-Teen Youth Group Leader. She was also employed by the Lawrence YWCA. Claire and John retired to Florida, where they spent 30 years. Claire enjoyed her last six years of life as a resident of the Warde Health Center in Windham, NH where she once again found herself in the loving, compassionate environment of the Sisters of Mercy.”

Claire was preceded in death by siblings, John Donnelly, L. Kenneth Donnelly, Evelyn Gleason, Mary Grady, Woodrow Donnelly, and Frank Donnelly.

She is survived by her children, John (Toby) Tobia and his wife, Tami, of Eagle River; Beth McGuire and her husband, Jim, of Windham, N.H.; and Michael Tobia of Hampton, N.H.; four grandchildren: Jared McGuire, Rebecca Tobia Maines, Katelyn Tobia, and Michelle Tobia; brother, Joseph Donnelly of Fall River and his wife, Mary Jane.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Warde Health Center, 21 Searles Rd, Windham, NH 03087.

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Arrangements were by Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, Salem, NH.

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