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February 21, 1924 - August 31, 2015
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Clare Louise Christoph Werner, age 91, died peacefully at Marlboro Hospital surrounded by her family on Monday, August 31, 2015. She was born in Providence, RI on February 21, 1924 to Ella (Petching) Christoph and Joseph B. Christoph and was the beloved and loving wife of Cornelius J. (Corey) Werner who passed away in 1996. She was a resident of Holliston for more than 60 years and a resident of the Willows at Westborough independent living facility for the past five years.
After graduating from high school in Providence, Clare attended evening classes at the Rhode Island School of Design and was employed in the art department at the Providence Lithograph Company. She met her husband, Corey, in 1942 while he was attending Navy boot camp at Quonset Point, RI. They married in November, 1945 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1995.
Clare and Corey were active members of the Fairs ?N’ Squares Square Dance Club for over 30 years. Clare was owner of the Petticoat Junction Square Dance Shop and during the 1980s presented many fashion shows and shop weekends all over New England. She loved music and her daughters credit her with their love of classical music to which they were exposed at a very early age. She was a member of the First Congregational Church Holliston Chancel Choir, the New England Choral, and the Hollistones Chorus at the Holliston Senior Center. She enjoyed gardening and also loved to swim and water ski during the many summers spent at their cottage in Alton, NH. She loved to travel and during the 1970s and 80s enjoyed attending professional meetings held all over the US with her husband, who was Director of Safety for the Boston Edison Company. She also traveled to Great Britain with her daughters and to Europe with friends from the Holliston Senior Center.
When she was no longer able to participate in square dancing due to vascular disease, Clare and her husband began collaborating on the carving and painting of water birds, an activity they took “on the road” with them during their retirement travels around the country in their Suburban with travel trailer in tow. Clare was a gifted seamstress, made many of her own clothes, made clothes for her children and grandchildren, and made many beautiful outfits for her granddaughter Catherine’s American Girl doll collection. Her last major project was to sew a protective cover for the new Clavinova piano at the First Congregational Church.
Clare is survived by her sister, Alice Christoph Sullivan, of Rocky Hill, CT, her three children, Karen Werner Stackpole and her husband Lenny Stackpole of Holliston, Kim Werner Johnson and her husband Eric Johnson of Sterling, MA, her son Eric Werner and his wife Nancy of Portland, ME; five grandchildren Wayne Stackpole and his wife Danielle of Sudbury, MA, Catherine Stackpole of Brooklyn, NY, Christopher Johnson of Brighton, MA, Alex Johnson of Sterling, MA and Sarah Holman and her husband Gordon of Portland, ME; and her great-grandchildren, Merritt Holman of Portland, ME, Kylie Mae Stackpole and newborn Callon Wayne Stackpole of Sudbury. At the very end of her life her 3 year old great-granddaughter, Kylie, who was the joy of Clare’s last years climbed up on the bed and got her Nana’s last smile.
Visiting hours will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 3rd at Chesmore Funeral Home, 854 Washington St. Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com and a memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4th at the First Congregational Church in Holliston. Clare’s ashes will be interred near to her husband in a private service at Lake Grove Cemetery in Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music or Outreach Committees of the First Congregational Church, 725 Washington Street, Holliston.