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Claire M. (Balthazar) Vanasse

October 18, 1943 — December 26, 2022

Hudson, MA

Hudson, MA

Claire M. (Balthazar) Vanasse, 79, of Hudson, formerly of Marlboro, died on Monday, December 26, 2022 at Newton Wellesley Center for Alzheimer’s Care in Wellesley, MA. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Pierre F. Vanasse in 2016.

Claire was born and raised in Marlborough, MA, daughter of the late Arthur and Antonia (Chagnon) Balthazar. Claire attended local schools and was a graduate of St. Ann’s Academy of Marlborough, MA. Claire and her husband Pierre moved to Hudson in 1967 spending many wonderful years raising the family and caring for their home. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Hudson, MA and a former member of Christ the King Parish in Hudson, MA.

Claire leaves her son, Mark Vanasse and partner Emma Ruiloba of Holden, MA; her two daughters, Erika Keane and partner Richard McMahon M.D. of Milford, MA, Christine Gray and her husband John of Hudson, MA; her 5 adoring grandchildren, Rachel Cirame and her husband Nick of Tewksbury, MA, Ryan Keane of Milford, MA, Timothy Gray of Hudson, MA, Elena Gracia and husband Daniel, Isabel Vanasse all of Puerto Rico and her great grandchild Reibo Gracia. She also leaves her brother, Arthur Balthazar and his wife Loreen of Hudson, MA along with other relatives and friends.

Claire was a dedicated wife and caring mother and devoted her time to raising her wonderful children. In later years she welcomed her 5 grandchildren and cherished spending time with them including attending their many activities in youth sports. She was thrilled with the arrival of her great grandchild Reibo. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting and gardening or just being outdoors. Weekend getaways to her vacation cottage in North Sandwich, NH were always special. She leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love and support to her family and a caring spirit to all who loved and knew her.

Relatives and friends are invited to a period of visitation from 4-7pm on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson, MA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9am on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Saint Michael Parish, 21 Manning St., Hudson, MA; procession to Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Marlborough, MA will follow for committal services.

Special thank you to the staff of Newton Wellesley Center for Alzheimer’s Care.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Claire may be made to: Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, January 4, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home.

50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Starts at 9:00 am (Eastern time)

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

Starts at 10:15 am (Eastern time)

Immaculate Conception Cemetery

Beach Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

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