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Claire Potter

March 8, 1938 — August 18, 2021

Claire T. Potter, 83, of Stowe, Vt. died peacefully on August 18th 2021 at Barre Gardens nursing home, after a brief illness. Claire Bernadette Tierney was born in Brooklyn, NY to Thomas Tierney and Helen Catherine MacDonald on March 8, 1938. The family lived in Brooklyn, then East Orange, NJ until they finally settled in Mamaroneck in Westchester County. She attended Our Lady Help of Christians School in East Orange, NJ, and then St. Catherine the Great (now St. Thérèse of Lisieux) in Brooklyn through high school. Claire worked with her sister in New York at then IBM Computer Systems in Manhattan. She continued there until she transferred to Essex Junction where she continued working up until her marriage. Claire loved the outdoors. She enjoyed tennis as young woman, then later skiing (and golf) which is what brought her to Vermont. In August of 1973, she married Robert E. (Bob) Potter of Westminster, Vt., whom she met at Mt. Mansfield, in Stowe. The couple had two sons, Thomas and Jerry. The family lived in Westminster up until 2002, when she and Bob moved back to Stowe. Apart from sports, Claire loved her family, and relished in the sight of her grandson, Aiden, whom she had met just recently. She was a happy, upbeat person who loved to talk to virtually anyone. Friends of hers will always remember her love of God and dedication to the church. She is predeceased her husband, Bob (2017) and her sister, Carolyn (2018). She was survived by her sons Tom and Jerry and her brother, Thomas of Spring Hill, Florida. A mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe. She will be buried next to her loving husband of 44 years at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, Vt. on July 22, 2022 at 11AM
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