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Date published: 12/28/2013

Claire Heelen Palumbo

Claire Heelen Palumbo, 70, of Fredericksburg and Coles Point passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at her home.

Mrs. Palumbo was born in Boston, Mass. Claire was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. After graduating from Saint Joseph's Academy in 1961, Claire worked at Sentry Insurance Company in Boston while supporting her husband through college. Claire stayed home as a homemaker for 23 years, raising four children before embarking on a career at Carlyle Corporation, where she retired after 21 years as senior payroll administrator of the Motion Control Division. Claire has always enjoyed classical music and is accomplished in needlepoint, having won numerous awards.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Pat Palumbo; her daughters, Patricia Martin Betts (Chris) of Asheville, N.C., Catherine Frances McGuinn (Robert) of Charleston, S.C., and Christine Lee Garman (John) of Fredericksburg; her son, Carmine David Palumbo (Jessica) of Swainsboro, Ga.; and two brothers, David Heelen and Dennis Heelen (Nancy) of Massachusetts. Claire is also survived by and is affectionately known as "Lala" to her eight grandchildren, Claire Noel Martin; Patrick Martin of Asheville, N.C.; Cecilia Ann McGuinn, Joseph McGuinn and Charles McGuinn of Charleston, S.C.; Amelia Lee Garman and Henry Garman of Fredericksburg; and Virginia Lee Palumbo of Swainsboro, Ga.

Claire was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mary Rita McCoy and David Francis Heelen; and a sister, Lorraine Brooks.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with a prayer service to be held at 6 p.m.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be private.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.