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Claire Prefontaine 10/23/2016

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Claire Prefontaine, 102, of  South Washington St., passed away on October 23, 2016. She was the loving wife of the late Bertrand Prefontaine.

Born on June 1, 1914 in St. Roch Sur Richelieu, Canada, daughter of the late Philippe and Marie Bouvier LaFleche.

She lived in North Attleboro most of her life.  She leaves 2 daughters; Denise Prefontaine of Boston, MA., Diane Chappel of Mystic, Conn., and her son-in-law Chip Chappel.

She leaves 3 beloved grandchildren; Julian Edlow of Boston; Christopher and wife Amy Chappel of Mystic Conn., and Erin Chappel of Niantic, Conn.  She had 6 great-grandchildren who brought her much joy; Brandon, Sade, Gavin, Hayden, Sawyer and Parker.

She was the sister and last surviving sibling of Lucienne Rose and Michael LaFleche of North Attleboro, Paul Emile LaFleche, Margaret Bouvier, Denise Matte, Madeline Perron and Cecile Romano of St. Roch Sur Richelieu and Montreal.

She also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews as well as a loving family of friends.

Claire passed peacefully in her home following a few days of receiving friends and family for conversation.

Claire had her own business as a seamstress and fashion consultant to other businesses.  Her daughter says she had many artistic talents including making furniture and painting.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in her honor on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10am in the Sacred Heart Church 58 Church St., North Attleboro, MA., followed by a burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Towne St., Attleboro Falls. 

A celebration of her life will immediately commence at Bella Sarno Ristorante, 555 Kelly Blvd., North Attleboro.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 10 Guest St. Boston MA. 02135.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home 15 Grove St. North Attleboro, MA.




#10 Deb DiVittorio 2016-11-07 01:00
Claire was one of the first people we met when we moved to Division St. She lived across the street from us and I have so many fond memories of Claire. She was always friendly, kind and genuine. She let all the kids in the neighborhood sled on "Bunny Hill". She was such a hard worker and kept her yard and home in impeccable condition. She had so much energy.

She has always held a special place in my heart. I am sad to hear of her passing. People like Claire are few and far between. I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for Claire. I feel so fortunate to have known her. I am very sorry for your loss.
#9 Robin M. Beaulieu 2016-11-05 15:08
Dear Lucienne & Georgianne, You may remember me from the "Town Restaurant" as a former waitress there; but more recently as a former employee of the Freihofer's bread outlet here in N. Attleboro. I didn't realize that Claire was your sister until i read of her passing in the Free Press this past week. i seem to recall that you'd mentioned of her declining health awhile back when our paths had crossed last. Let me express my heartfelt condolences to you & yours in this time of grief, but KNOW that she now rests with the angels & is smiling down on all of you. i remember her from shopping at the outlet, always of good humor & quick witted. i have fond memories of her & she will be dearly missed. Again, my deepest sympathies, God speed. Peace be with you.
#8 Mary Louise Champagn 2016-10-30 15:34
My thoughts and prayers goes out to Mrs. Prefontaine's entire family. The McClain family has so many wonderful memories of our time spent on "Bunny Hill". Your Mom and Dad were so gracious to have allowed all the neighborhood kids in their yard year after year, season after season to enjoy "Bunny Hill". We still talk about the wonderful childhood memories we have shared on "Bunny Hill" and that is thanks to your Mom and Dad's generosity! Also, my Mother, Margaret McClain always thought so highly for your very kind and caring Mother and admired the women she was and all her talents as a semesters. I too have had the pleasure of enjoying her gentle, kind personality and fine work as a semesters. She was a lovely women who touched more people than she could imagine. With warm regards, thoughts and prayers, Mary Louise (McClain) Champagne
#7 Carole McMorrow 2016-10-29 12:29
Dave and I have been lucky to get to know Clair by moving to Riverview Estates. She was a wonderful neighbor and a caring person. I first heard of Clair from my father, Bob Fogg, who at one time took Clair and others to Lake Pearl once a month and dancing in E. Providence. She had a good life and now up with her Lord
#6 Jan and Stan Kieon 2016-10-26 22:58
Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to all of Claire's family at this time of profound sorrow. Claire was not only our seamstress for 30 years, but truly was an inspiration to all who knew her. We used to marvel at her energy, her wonderful attitude in life and her genuine kindness. Your Mom always spoke so lovingly about her daughters and grandchildren and her family was her world. Christmas will be very different this year without one of her famous meat pies. Please know Claire will always be remembered in our most treasured thoughts and memories.
#5 Penny LaRochelle 2016-10-26 18:49
Nous T'aimons
Que Dieu Te Benisse
Repose en Paix

Jimmy,Penny,Jeff and Nicole
#4 Pat Basque 2016-10-26 16:16
Denise and Diane our thoughts and prayers go out to you at the passing of your mother Claire. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. She is in a better place. No more pain or suffering. Know that you are in our thoughts. Jean and Pat Basque
#3 Lori Post 2016-10-26 14:10
Our family has such fond memories of Aunt Claire, my father's dear Aunt and my great aunt. She had such a zest for life and always went out of her way to help others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone whose lives she touched, especially to her daughters and their families.
#2 JoanFontaineCentazzo 2016-10-26 13:15
My thoughts and prayers are with Dianne and Denise and their families. The bond with their Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmoth er was loving and special. Claire was an incredible woman and shared a long and loving marriage with Bert. Her girls were her life and always on her mind. Family and friends were always welcomed in her home. I have many special memories of her sewing and fashion talents. She was a very special part of MISS & MRS., to not only my Mom and me but to all our clients. I will hold her always in my heart and prayers. May she rest in peace and have perpetual light shine upon her.
#1 Pat Whalen Galasso 2016-10-26 11:36
What a wonderful lady. I truly loved talking to her as a customer and a neighbor. All of those times spent on "Bunny Hill" as kids. Great memories! I sure she will be greatly missed. My brother and I were just talking about her on Monday. Our sympathy to all of you.

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