• Claire G. Rivers
    December 05,2013

    Claire G. Rivers

    Claire G. Rivers

    MONTPELIER — Claire G. Rivers, 83, of Towne Hill Road, died on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at the Central Vermont Medical Center.

    She was born on May 18, 1930, in Elmsford, N.Y., the daughter of Peter and Mary (Cormier) Greisen. She attended and graduated from the Catholic education system in Elmsford.

    She received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell School of Nursing in 1952.

    Claire began her career as a registered nurse at New York City Hospital. After moving to Vermont, she worked primarily as the school nurse for East Montpelier Elementary School but was the nurse at several local elementary schools.

    On June 25, 1960, she married James Rivers in Elmsford, N.Y.

    She belonged to a number of organizations including Vermont State School Nurses Association (VSSNA), where she managed membership, American Field Service (AFS), where she was a liaison, St. Augustine Church and the Montpelier Food Pantry.

    Wherever she went, she loved talking to people. Claire enjoyed evenings out with friends, grandchildren coming to visit, welcoming people into her home, discussing politics and taking her daily trip to the Hunger Mountain Coop. Over the years, she had been involved in being a support to those in need, including teaching religious education class to people with developmental disabilities and worked as a guardian ad litem.

    Survivors include her husband, James Rivers, of Montpelier; two daughters, Mary Rivers, of New York City, and Carol Rivers-Ibrahim, of Houston, Texas; two sons, Loren Rivers, of Honolulu, and Thomas Rivers, of Oakland, Calif.; six grandchildren, James and Patrick Rivers, of Honolulu, Stephen and Agatha Nyarko, of New York City, Ghazi and Tarq Ibrahim, of Houston, Texas; sister Marylou Reifsnyder, of Fairport, N.Y.; brother Peter Greisen, of Yonkers, N.Y.

    Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. The committal service will be in Green Mountain Cemetery on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Montpelier Food Pantry, c/o Trinity United Methodist, 137 Main St., Montpelier, VT 05602; or to the American Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495.

    Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

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