Claire was born in Belleville, New Jersey and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson College. She lived in Nutley, New Jersey and worked for the Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as served as a Legislative Aide for the New Jersey Assembly, before retiring to Myrtle Beach in 1992. Claire was known as Lady Luck and enjoyed playing bridge and mahjong with her many friends.
She is survived by her husband Robert, who shared 68 loving years with her. Her daughter Carol Petillo (Donald Petillo); son Glenn Fennell (Ellen Moran); granddaughter Donna Wiggins (Michael Wiggins); great granddaughter Ava Claire Petillo; late grandson Robert Petillo (Megan Petillo) and late granddaughter Lisa Helen Petillo.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday, May 20th at 1:00 PM with a service immediately following at 2:00 PM at McMillan-Small Funeral Home Chapel