Claire Cynthia (Chase) Trepanier WASHINGTON - It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Claire Cynthia (Chase) Trepanier passed peacefully away, in the comfort of her family, from complications of a four-year battle with ovarian cancer, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. She was born on March 14, 1956, in Barre, to Annie & Elwin Chase. Claire attended Barre Town School and Spaulding High School, receiving her GED after the birth of her oldest son, Albert. Claire's first employment was at Dunkin' Donuts in Barre. She later went on to a lifelong career at National Life Group that lasted over 40 years. She retired from NLG in December 2017 due to declining health. Claire met the love of her life, Norman Trepanier, at the Skyview Casino in Williamstown. They later married in East Barre on March 30, 1973. They initially lived in Graniteville and later moved to Washington, where they remained. She leaves behind her husband of 45 years; sons Albert (Melissa) Trepanier, of Websterville, and Matthew (Danielle) Trepanier, of Williamstown; as well as her grandchildren Dylan, Brandon, Avery and Macy, whom she cherished and adored. She also leaves behind her mother, Annie Chase; and sisters Sandy (Roger) Hutchinson and Sarah (Ronald) Gonyaw. She was predeceased by her father, Elwin Chase; mother-in-law, Gisele Trepanier; father-in-law, Albert Trepanier; and Papa Joe Irish. Claire was the kindest person anyone ever met, always giving and never complaining, even on her worst days. She enjoyed crocheting, especially baby blankets, always having a supply on hand to give as a gift for the next baby being born. She also had a rather large collection of snowmen that were compiled over a lifetime. In her younger years, while enjoying snowmobiling, she also competed in drag racing the snowmobiles with her family and friends cheering her on. She also competed in fishing derbies, winning first place with the prize being a pop-up camper. This was the beginning of her love of camping in Goose Point and the hunting camp in Wentworth Location, New Hampshire. In her early years, she enjoyed camping at the Clark's Camp on Groton Pond. Most of all, Claire loved spending time with family, friends and her "little darlings," they always brought a smile to her face. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Central Vermont Hospital for taking such great care of Claire and the family during her final days. A celebration of life will be held at an informal gathering Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Canadian Club in Barre. Please bring stories to share. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.

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Claire I've known you all my life, as my mothers coworker, i spoke often to you on the phone, sharing where i was going and what i was doing as we didn't have cell phones when i was a kid. You would answer her phone when she was not there, and always were sure to pass along where i was going or what i was doing to my mom. You were one of the sweetest people i knew, you had a big heart and were one of my mothers very good friends. May you two have reconnected in heaven and caught up on all the gossip and happenings from the past 4yrs. I am sorry for Norm, Albert, and Matthew and their families. She left a mark on many, with her kind words, and infectious smile. Rest in peace Claire.

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