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Claire J Lajoie

Claire J. (Dion) Lajoie, age 79, courageously lost her eight year battle with leukemia on Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Port Orange, Florida.
Claire was born in Gardner, Massachusetts on November 25, 1936, the daughter of the late Origene and Mary Rose (Desmarais) Dion.
She lovingly leaves her husband of 61 years, Paul G. Lajoie; and children, sons Peter Lajoie and his wife Valarie of Shrewsbury, VT and Timothy Lajoie and his wife Susan of Templeton, MA; her sister, Connie Amato of Gardner, MA; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Goodwin of Dunwoody,GA, Linda Long of Natick, MA; her three grandchildren, Rebecca Maikels and her husband Chris of Newburyport, MA, Colin Lajoie of Jacksonville, FL and Jared Lajoie of Templeton, MA; twin great-grandchildren, Elliot and Macey Maikels; two Godchildren Cheryl Amato of Malden and Desiree Fix of Rochester, NY; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Kathryn in 1983, who was survived by a son John Paul. She was also predeceased by her brother Robert Dion, who died in 1988.
A graduate of Gardner High School Class of 1954, Claire enjoyed a long career as an Early Childhood Education teacher. Starting with Head Start in Gardner, then after receiving her Degree from Fitchburg State in Early Childhood Education, she continued her long time teaching career in the Winchendon school system as a first grade teacher until retirement. She was loved by everyone she met and will be greatly missed.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 13th at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Gardner.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Jimmy Fund, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in memory of Claire J. Lajoie to support cancer research and patient care at the Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.jimmyfund.org/gift.
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Service Details

Friday, May 13th, 2016 11:00am, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols St., Gardner

Interment Details

St. John's Cemetery, Gardner

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Paul & family, so sorry for your loss,I enjoyed working with Claire as assistant teacher for moc head start.shes a very special lady and won't be forgotten

Elaine Soderman May 12 2016 12:00 AM

Love and light for your family ' . I'm very sorry for your loss.

Kelly Beauregard Apr 20 2016 12:00 AM

Sending thoughts and prayers your way in the loss of your mom.

Keith Greenlaw Apr 13 2016 12:00 AM

To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. Auntie Claire was one of a kind! I will forever remember her visit to Albuquerque, our Hot Air Balloon Ride, and all of the memories of Christmas Eve's at your beautiful home in Gardner. Of course, the memories from "the camp" will forever be remembered as some of my best childhood days. I am so grateful for the help you and Red gave me during my nana's passing with Emily. She loved you both very much. My heart is with you all! Love, Jess, Rhonda and Emily

Jessica Corley Apr 12 2016 12:00 AM

best first grade teacher ever~a lot of my son's study habits and "brain training" tips are owed to her... I'll never forget her asking at our first P/T Conference: "Do you do a lot of puzzles with him?" I said, "We're always doing all kinds of word and math and pieced puzzles...why?" She said "Well, keep it up. The way his brain works is amazing. Let him do as many puzzles as he wants...you'll never regret it. " I did and I don't. My son is a National Merit Scholar on full scholarship and is headed to law school this fall. I think of her and quote her often. We lived in Winchendon "98-"04.

Richard, Janine, Jake, and Felicia Martin Apr 12 2016 12:00 AM

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