Obituary of Claire Boeri
Claire B. (Beauchemin) Boeri, a woman devoted to her family, died peacefully on Wednesday evening, June 27, 2018 surrounded by her family. Claire, who was 86 years old, was born in Cambridge in 1931. She was one of five children born to the late Armand and Justina (Martin) Beauchemin.
Claire grew up in Cambridge and attend Our Lady of Pity High School where she met her future husband, Louis, a student of St. John’s High School. Their first date was on Christmas night, 1948, where they attended a performance of “The Student Prince” at the Boston Opera House. Attending performances was something they both enjoyed throughout their lives. Following high school, Claire worked at the Shawmut Bank in Boston. She continued to work until her sweetheart returned on leave from the United States Navy in 1952 and proposed. They married and settled in Burlington in 1952 where they would raise their three children. Once her children were in high school, Claire returned to banking at a local Burlington bank. Claire and Louis and a wonderful life together. They weren’t just husband and wife they were best friends. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, and crocheting for her family, and you were considered one of the lucky ones if you were the recipient of one of her masterpieces. She took great pride in knitting baby hats that she donated to local hospital nurseries. Claire had a true sense of adventure and always had “itchy feet” to be on the move. She would think nothing of packing the family bags on a Friday and taking off for Maine or New Hampshire to camp. She started this family tradition when her youngest was just two weeks old. Together, Claire and Lou traveled with their kids on many camping trips visiting national parks around the country, as well as visiting Canada and Mexico. One year, Claire and Louis purchased an RV and headed to Alaska on a whim. They stayed for several months crossing above the Arctic Circle, appreciating the sights, and enjoying the people they met. Claire and Louis traveled the world visiting Italy, Hawaii, and Paris. Family vacations were some of Claire’s best memories and she enjoyed reminiscing about them.
For the last 32 years, Claire and Lou spent most of their summers at their cottage on Crescent Lake in Raymond, Maine. She loved when family gathered and was sure to make special memories with their grandchildren. Claire treasured her times listening to the loons and watching the bald eagles fly overhead. Her neighbors became part of her extended family and she adored them all.
Family was paramount to Claire. She was faithful and deeply loyal to all that she considered “hers.” Her unconditional love and joy for family was her greatest blessing. She never forgot a birthday or a special event happening in anyone’s and was sure to recognize them. Claire instilled in her children, and showed them by example, the values needed to build the foundation that would shape their futures.
Claire had an exceptional kind of love for her grandchildren and they knew it. She celebrated the unique qualities of each of them and took the time to make each feel special in their own way. Claire was blessed to see the birth of her great granddaughter, Hannah, and her eyes would light up when Hannah would enter the room. Hannah quickly became the apple of her eye. Claire’s special gift was that she was always interested in hearing about “you” and what was happening in “your life.” She never forgot what you shared with her and went out of her way to let you know that she cared. In the last year, she forged close relationships with all her caretakers asking about their families and lives. That was simply who she was.
Claire will be remembered as a courageous woman with boundless energy, full of spirit and adventure, and a strong sense of duty who believed intensely in the importance of a loving home and family. Despite many challenges, she faced life head on with a “can do” spirit.
Claire was the beloved wife of 65 years of the late Louis P. Boeri. She was the loving mother of Robert Boeri and his wife, Susan, of Topsfield, Denise Kinch and her husband, Paul, of Groveland, and Anita Stewart and her husband, Jack, of New Hope, PA. She was the sister of the late Armand, Arthur, and Eugene Beauchemin, and Alice Wharton. Claire was the proud grandmother of Dr. Ashley Deutsch and her husband, Adam, Alex Boeri, Michael Stewart and his wife, Melissa, and Kristina, Daniel and Elizabeth Kinch, and great grandmother of Hannah Deutsch. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Malachy’s Church, 99 Bedford St., Burlington on Monday, July 2 at 10 a.m. Burial to follow in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorials in Claire’s name may be made to the MSPCA, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or www.mspca.org/.
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050