Claire J. Schleffer


Schleffer, Claire J., died Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Sunny View Nursing Home. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Gordon Schleffer and Mildred (Gorodetsky) Schleffer, she had lived in Rhode Island her entire life. She was a leader in the Dept. of Labor Relations for the State of RI for over 40 years.  Claire was a member and Past President of the local Muscular Dystrophy chapter.  Dear sister of the late Morton Schleffer and his surviving wife, Lois, of Brockton, MA. Loving aunt of Gordon and his wife, Evelyn and Jonathan and his wife, Lisa. Proud aunt to Joshua, Jacob, Andrew, Lauren, Leah and Jack.  Graveside services will be held Thursday at 1 pm in Lincoln Park Cemetery, 1469 Post Road, Warwick. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society.


  1. wilkicki family
    Oct 3, 2018

    Mom is sad …was just talking about the fun they had in Aruba.

    The world is missing one of the best…

    So sorry…

    Wilkicki family…

  2. Kathleen Halliwell
    Oct 4, 2018

    Our deepest sympathy to Claire’s family. My cousin Louise and I always enjoyed our visits with her at Sunnyview. She as always cheerful and filled with information. She is now at peace.

  3. Morgan ortiz
    Oct 4, 2018

    My heart goes out to the family . Claire is missed dearly at Sunny View !

  4. David Carpenter
    Oct 5, 2018

    Our sympathy to Lois and the boys and their families on their loss of a very special sister-in-law and aunt. We are in Vermont so can not be with you to celebrate her wonderful life filled with music and service to MHRH and the people of the State of Rhode Island. She was a special friend to us and so many others.
    Rest in peace Claire.
    Dave Carpenter and Poe Asselin
    Stowe, Vermont and Carrabasset, Maine

  5. Alan Solomon
    Oct 12, 2018

    Claire was my first cousin once removed: my maternal grandmother, Vera Schleffer, was the sister of Claire’s father Gordon “Kelly” Schleffer. There were three Schleffer cousins, Claire, Shirley (my mother), and Helen Lazarus who were best friends. My childhood was regaled with stories of the trouble that these three high school chums got into.

    When my sister Linda and I were young, our parents would frequently make the drive from Newport to visit Claire and her mother, Mildred, whom we knew as Auntie Babe. Mort and Lois frequently visited while we were there, as well as Babe’s friend Cappy. It was long ago, and I don’t remember many specifics, but I do remember them as being great times together with family. Later, our children (as well as Linda’s children) had the opportunity to meet Claire and Auntie Babe. Fortunately, we have pictures of everyone together.

    Claire also frequently visited us in Newport, and I have memories of sitting at the kitchen table with Claire as she taught me how to play Canasta.

    Claire was thoughtful, loving and, most of all, one of the most positive people I have ever known. Despite the challenges of the last few decades of her life, she never complained about her circumstances, at least not to me. We always stopped to see Claire when visiting Rhode Island from our home in Indianapolis, and I am so grateful that my wife and I decided to make an impromptu visit to see Claire this August. It gave us one final opportunity to talk about our mutual love for the Red Sox and to discuss the ups and downs of recent games, a standard agenda item on our phone conversations as well.

    Claire, you are missed by everyone that knew you.

    N”E (Let her rest be paradise)

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