Claire E. Cavanagh
A Funeral Mass for longtime Lamar resident and former Municipal Court Judge, Claire Elizabeth Cavanagh was held at 10:00AM, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at the St. Francis de Sales/Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Reverend Charlie Sena celebrated the Mass. An Evening Rosary Service was held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at St. Francis de Sales/Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Deacon Henry Wertin and Seminarian Carl Wertin reciting. The Rite of Committal followed the Mass at Fairmount Cemetery
Per Mrs. Cavanagh’s wishes, there was no public viewing.
Claire was born on July 30, 1926 at Weymouth, Massachusetts to Leslie H. and Helen (Roberts) Telless and passed away at her home in Lamar with her family by her side on September 3, 2010 at the age of 84.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 49 years, Thomas H. Cavanagh, her parents; son Dominic and his wife Phyllis Cavanagh, infant son Robert Francis Cavanagh and her daughter Mary Beth Wertin. Her brother Robert Telless, sons-in-law Jon Coffield and Stevens Townsdin also precede Mrs. Cavanagh.
Claire is survived by her children; Thomas H. (Monica) Cavanagh, Jr. of Fort Collins, CO, Cathaleen T. Cavanagh of Friday Harbor, WA, Patty A. Sprague of Lincoln, NE, Christine C. (Kevin) Coffield-Keith of La Junta, CO, and Janeen L. (Curt) Jones of Pueblo, CO as well as 30 grandchildren, 25 Great grandchildren; loving cousins; Fr. Edward Roberts and special family relatives; Joe and Judy Wessling & family, Steve and Mary Wessling & family, Ray and Mary Harrington as well as numerous caring friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made Lamar Area Hospice or to the charity of ones choice either direct or in care of the funeral home office.
|Janeen and Family,|
Thank you for inviting us into your home to help care for Claire. It was truly a privilege to support you during those difficult last days. Claire was a genuine icon in the community and she will be sorely missed by all. We will remember all of you with warmth, sympathy, and understanding in this time of sorrow. We will call soon, once your heart has had a litle rest.
Lamar Area Hospice Team
|To the family of Claire Cavanagh - |
Claire was not only a joy for us to work with as Municipal Judge in Eads, but also a very caring, wonderful friend. We had many good times during her tenure there and also had a personal relationship that brought both smiles and tears at times. She was so easy for me to talk to. I am sure you all know what a wonderful lady we will all be missing.
Jan and Dan Richards
|for the Claire Cavanagh Family....Your mother was a very special person. We always enjoyed visiting with her, usually at Wal-Mart. She will be greatly missed by all of us. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers! |
Kent and Jeannie Strong
Greg and Lisa LaSage
|To Chris and family-|
I am so sorry to here about your Mom. I have great memories of your family and you Mom and Dad at St Francis de Sales church.
I rememeber your beautiful home on main st...and the choir at Christmas. You are my prayers.
Mary Dashner O'Malley
|Tom, Cathy, et al, Your mom was such a special lady. Although I hadn't seen her for years, I have such fond memories of her throughout junior high and high school. I know she will be missed terribly by so many. Prayers and thoughts to you and your family as you go through this loss. I know you have lots and lots of wonderful memories. Gwen Bosely|
I AM VRY SORRY FOR YOURE LOSS, OUR FAMILY NEW CLAIRE WELL, MAY SHE BE IN PEACE. AND MY THE LORD GRANT YOU PEACE AS WELL AND ACCEPTANCE.
SINCERLY THE BARRERA FAMILY.
|Family and friends of Claire Cavanagh,|
So sorry to hear of Claires passings. I always loved seeing her in church, she was so dedicated. She has a wonderful family. May God bless her.
Gloria Gamboa-Madrid and family
Dr. Wertin and family we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Claire. We didn't know her very well but she was very friendly, always spoke and had a smile. We will all miss seeing that little lady in her big car.
Larry and Kathy Liles
For the family of Claire Cavanagh....So sorry to hear about your loss. Claire was a very sweet lady who I was glad to know as a teenager and then become friends with as an adult. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this time as well as her many close friends.
Mary (Langin) Grouette, Mason City, IA
To each of the Cavanaugh children. Losing a parent is never easy. My memories of growing up in Lamar include your family and what a wonderful person Claire was. PLease know that you are held in my thoughts and prayers as you transition through this difficult time.
I have known your in-laws since 1968. Your mother-in-law lived three blocks from me. Each Saturday as I was working in my yard she would drive by on her way to church. Always waving with her great big beautiful smile. That is how I will always remember her. How sad to read of her passing. Dominic, Phyllis, and I use to hang around together many years ago. Your in-laws were great people and did great things for Lamar. May their legacies live on. And for the rest of the Cavanagh families that I do not know, my sympathy to each one of you.
|To the family of Claire Cavanagh|
Claire was a wonderful woman and we were blessed to have her as our Municipal Judge for many years. We will miss her.
|The family of Claire Cavanagh,|
I know that everyone of you have fond memories of your mom as do I, she was a very strong person and a very special lady. My thoughts and my prayers have been with you and will continue to be. Our loved ones maybe taken from us but their memories will always be with us.
God bless each and eveyone of you and I'm truly sorry for your loss.
Diane and Hazel Pool
|To the Family of Claire Cavanagh - I am sorry to read of your loss ... may memories carry you to healing. Allie Franco Silva(niece of Phyllis Cavanagh Cassidy)|