Obituary: Claire Madeleine Dupuis – Lewiston Sun Journal

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Claire Madeleine Dupuis

POLAND – On the morning of June 6, 2022, the world lost a remarkable soul when Claire Madeleine Dupuis died after a brief but intense battle with cancer. She was 78 years old. Claire was born in Lewiston on June 3, 1944, the youngest child and only daughter of Albert “Rene” and Emelda “Medora” Cloutier. She grew up in a family home in Lewiston with her three brothers, Paul, Roger and Gerry, and often spent time with her extensive network of aunts, uncles, cousins ​​and grandparents, all of whom lived nearby. Claire met E. Paul Dupuis at a neighborhood tennis court when she was 13 and never thought that this boy would one day become her husband. By the way, that day she beat him at tennis. Claire attended St. Dom’s and graduated in 1962. She was a lifelong parishioner at St. Mary’s, where she received all of her sacraments, including the Sacrament of Marriage on January 16, 1965. In October 1966, Claire and Paul welcomed their first child, a beautiful daughter, Denise Elaine. In 1969 and 1970 they welcomed the dynamic duo Eric Rene and Gerry Emmanuel. Claire has had many jobs while raising her family and throughout her life. First as a florist at the Blais Flower Shop, then as a seamstress at the Bon-An Shoe Shop. Unfortunately, on February 16, 1976, the old farmhouse in Poland that had been the home of the Dupuis family burned down due to a broken television. After her husband rebuilt her home, she chose to work for herself instead, running an on-site daycare for more than 10 years. This was perhaps her only true calling, for there was seldom a person alive who loved children more or treated them with more patience and kindness. She never hesitated to stop her work to answer your questions or to watch them perform impressively. At the same time, she kept the books for her husband’s home heating business, Dupuis Heating. After her daycare closed, she continued to work as an accountant for Dupuis Heating and took another job as a telephone operator at St Mary’s Hospital, which she held until her death. Claire and Paul had the rare opportunity to retire and move into their daycare sailboat, the Stargazer II, in 2002. They spent September through June traveling up the East Coast and sailing in the Florida Keys and around the Bahamas. Their amazing adventures allowed them to forge lifelong friendships with like-minded sailors. When they became grandparents for the eighth time in 2014, they sold their boat to return to Maine full-time to help with childcare. There is nothing Claire loved more than her family. She spoke proudly of all three of her children and especially adored her eight grandchildren. As much as she loved her own family, she saw little difference between the children she was given in life and those she “adopted” through childcare and friendships. Her child’s friends were like her own and she showered them with the same amount of love and support. Her ability to relate easily to children was perhaps partly due to the fact that at 1.60m she was hardly taller than anyone else! Claire loved a good game – from cards to dominoes, and most notably Scrabble, she was always up for a good game. Claire was highly competitive, but she was always so much fun to play with. Although she played fair, she wouldn’t let anyone win if she could help it – not even the little ones. She wanted them to learn the rewards of healthy competition and the integrity of good sportsmanship. Those lessons are indelibly imprinted on all those lucky enough to play with her. Also, it is clear to everyone who knew her that Paul was the love of her life. Through thick and thin, through good times and bad, they stood together and supported each other. They were fortunate that during their 62 years together – as their lives ebbed and flowed – they were able to support each other and lift up everyone around them. Their love for one another has been and continues to be an inspiration to all who have had the privilege of knowing them. Claire was preceded in death by her parents Rene and Medora Cloutier; her brothers Gerry, Roger and Paul Cloutier and their dear m’tantes Jeane, Lorette and Louise. She is survived by her adoring husband E. Paul Dupuis; daughter and son-in-law Denise and Tony Corey, son and daughter-in-law Eric and Rebecca Dupuis, son Gerry Dupuis, adopted children Wendy O’Connell and Michael Francis Raymond; and grandchildren Xavier, Alex, Nick, Joseph, Margaret, Elise, Alexander Jax and Madeleine.Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. American Legion, Post 31, 426 Washington St., N Auburn, ME 04210In lieu of flowers, donations in Claire’s honor can be made to: Androscoggin HomeHealthcare & Hospicewww.Androscoggin.org

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