82 Fairview Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Phone: 203-729-4334
Fax: 203-729-4336
Claire Bellemare

Claire M. Bellemare

Saturday, November 7th, 1936 - Friday, May 8th, 2020
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Naugatuck, CT Claire M. Bellemare, 83, wife of the late Joseph R. “Rich” Bellemare for 64 years, passed away peacefully on Friday May 8, 2020 at the St Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

Claire was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA and made her home with Rich in Naugatuck where they welcomed 8 children. She devoted her life to taking care of her children, her grandchildren, their friends and anyone else that needed her. Claire delivered cereal to the Naugatuck Food Bank nearly every week for over 20 years where she became known as the Cereal Lady. In 2018 a surgery left her unable to walk but that never stopped her. All that changed was the vehicle that she made her deliveries in. With the help of her children she would hang grocery bags full of food over her wheel chair and motored the block to the food bank. She also shopped all year long for toys, clothes and other gifts to be delivered at Christmas time to the children of Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury. On her watch no child did without!

Claire is survived by her eight children, Richard Bellemare (Wendy), James Bellemare, Elaine James, Mary Mitchell (Michael), John Bellemare (Michelle), Barbara Yale (Lucas), Christopher Bellemare (Melissa), and Michelle DiMauro; her grandchildren, James Bellemare Jr.(Karen), Camille Bellemare, Thomas James (James), Maggie Bellemare, Joseph Bellemare, Kora Yale, Christopher Bellemare, and Jordan DiMauro; her great grandchildren, Josh, Christian, Meghan, James III, Teah, and Logan; her great great grandson, Austin. She also leaves her beloved caretaker Colleen Funicello. In addition to her husband and her parents, Claire was predeceased by her granddaughter, Jennifer James, her son in law, Martin James, and her daughter in law, Rose Bellemare.

In respect of social distancing services will be held at a date to be determined. At this time there will be no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers and to honor Claire’s memory, contributions may be made to the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank, 75 Spring Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770.
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Lisa Relva

Posted at 08:23am
My deepest condolences to Mary and family. Mary, I know how close you always were with your mom, I’m sure this is so incredibly hard for all of you. Although I only met her a couple of times, I recall how generous she was to the less fortunate, I especially remember when you said she would leave a little money in the coats she donated for the poor. What a special lady, I’m sure God’ arms were opened wide for her. May the love you shared and your memories together give you peace and strength in the days to come. Lisa (LoGiudice) Relva

Neal Tuohy

Posted at 07:37am
I was saddened to read about the passing of Claire Bellemare in this morning’s newspaper. Although I was not privileged to know Claire personally, she must have been a wonderful, caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bellemare Family in your time of sorrow.
Neal Tuohy

Karen and Jeanne Samuels

Posted at 03:04pm
We would like to donate two trees in honor of Claire and Rich.... two angels together again looking over their special loving family
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