Hickey, Claire Ryan, age 79 of West Roxbury, passed away April 6, 2021. Born in Boston November 8, 1941. Claire was the devoted wife of James L. Hickey for 46 years, and she was the beloved mom of Maureen Hickey and her husband Jeremy Kamm of Roslindale and Kathleen Hickey and her husband Alfonso Pruneda Fuentes of West Roxbury. Raised in Milton, Claire was the daughter of the late William A. and Anna C. Ryan and a cherished older sister to her four brothers: William A. Ryan Jr., Robert J. Ryan, the late John J. Ryan, and Paul C. Ryan. Claire was an adoring Nana to her four grandchildren, Colin, Nora, Claire, and Rafael, and she thoroughly enjoyed the time she had with them. A loving aunt to many nieces and nephews, Claire consistently demonstrated her support of her family by sending thoughtful notes, hosting large Christmas gatherings, and appreciating everyone as they are. Claire was a true friend to many, and she will be remembered for her positive outlook, graceful acceptance, enduring gratitude, and genuine kindness. Claire earned degrees from Regis College and Catholic University. She spent about a decade as a Sister of Saint Joseph, during which time she met lifelong friends and started her career as a teacher. Claire loved learning, and she loved helping others to find joy through learning. When her daughters were young, Claire transitioned from the classroom and spent many years working in admissions at BC Law School. After retirement, Claire and Jim spent fifteen wonderful years enjoying sunshine and great friends on St. Croix, the island they visited on their honeymoon. The strength, courage, and grace with which Claire faced Alzheimer’s over the past nine years reflected her exceptional character. Claire lost many parts of herself to Alzheimer’s, but she never lost her kindness or love for others. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. John Chrysostom Church, 4750 Washington St. West Roxbury on Saturday April 10, at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours and Interment private. www.lawlerfuneralhome.com
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