Claire (Magistro) DeProdocini

SHARON — It is with great sadness that the family of Claire (Magistro) DeProdocini announces her passing on June 8, 2018, at her home in Sharon with her three daughters by her side.

Claire was born in New York City on July 4, 1919. She was a gifted student, graduating from Hunter College at the age of 20, majoring in botany and physiology. She received her master’s degree from Columbia University in physical education. 

Claire had a beautiful singing voice and sang in New York City on the radio, even at one time considering a career in singing and opera. 

She moved to North Canaan in 1945 after accepting a teaching position in biology at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. It was at that time that she met her husband, Mario DeProdocini of North Canaan. They were married in 1946. 

Claire went on to teach physical education at Lee H. Kellogg and North Canaan Elementary School until her retirement in 1980.

Claire loved children! Her home was open to every child in the neighborhood to come swim, play and sleep. She always championed the underdog, making every child feel special. 

However, Claire’s greatest joy in life were her own children and grandchildren, with whom she spent most of her time. 

She was an avid Scrabble player and knitter and was one of the original members of the Knitting Club of North Canaan, maintaining lifelong friendships with every member. 

Her home always included multiple pets. She loved her wild birds and parakeets as well as gardening in her many rocks gardens.

Claire is survived by her sister, Kate Reilly of Salisbury; her three daughters, Linda Wenkert of Sharon, Laurie McCue and her husband, Rick, of Sharon, and Lisa Arland and her husband, Mark, of Falls Village; her son, Steve DeProdocini and his wife of Lakeville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Mario; a sister, Madeline; and two brothers, Tom and Eddie. 

Calling hours will be held at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan on Saturday, June 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. 

A private celebration of her life will be held in the fall. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sharon Fire Department.