Claire Anne (LaLiberté) Adler, 83, passed away on June 19, 2016 after a brief illness. Her husband, Robert Adler, was at her side. A 30-year resident of Indialantic, Florida, Claire enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing golf, bridge and mahjong, as well as traveling. She was born on June 4, 1933 in Valley Stream NY, the daughter of Noé and Anna-Marie LaLiberté, and moved from New York to Belmont, MA after her junior year of high school. Although she graduated from Belmont High, she always considered herself a graduate of Valley Stream. She graduated from the former LaSalle Junior College, subsequently working as a secretary and an expert in shorthand dictation. In 1956 Claire married Robert “Bob” Adler, literally the boy next door on Elm Street in Belmont; they celebrated 60 years of marriage on May 5th. Prior to retiring to Florida, Claire and Bob lived in Barrington, RI for 24 years, where they raised three daughters: Lynn, Nanci, and Susan.
While busy raising children, Claire also enjoyed sewing, handcrafts, playing bridge, and braiding rugs. She worked on the Barrington RI Bicentennial Celebration committee in 1970. Claire was also employed taking the town census, riding her bicycle to each home in her designated area. In the mid-1970s, Claire began working as an office manager at a local orthodontist office, a job she kept for over 10 years until moving to Florida.
Claire will be remembered for her joy and lively enthusiasm, her wonderful and self-deprecating sense of humor, her love of puzzles and math, and a notable and often entertainingly poor sense of direction. After first moving to Barrington and not knowing how to locate the town beach, she took her girls on picnics in the Almac’s grocery store parking lot, giving them money to buy dessert at the grocery store, rather than risk getting lost in search of the beach. Claire’s pragmatic sensibility could also be delightfully compromised on occasion. One notable family tale: in the 1970s after finally locating the new automatic local car wash – and unsure of what to expect after waiting through the long line – the attendant explained she simply should “drive through” the wash area. With an overly literal interpretation of that advice, Claire entered the carwash and drove directly past the wash apparatus, pulling out onto the main road. The attendant ran after her, flagged her down, and directed her back to the front of the waiting cars – emphasizing the need to stop so that the car could actually be washed. Later that evening with her bridge group, a fellow player told an entertaining story from earlier that day, describing the hilarious behavior of a naïve driver he’d witnessed while waiting in line at the car wash. After the laughter died down, Claire – with her beloved ability to be part of the joke – coyly admitted that she was the person driving the car. For her joy of life and the love she bestowed on all around her, she will be dearly missed.
Claire is survived by her loving husband Bob, her siblings Elaine LaLiberté Martin of Yarmouth, MA and Phil LaLiberté of Clermont, FL, her sisters-in-law Mary Ellen LaLiberté and Geraldine Adler, and her daughters: Lynn (husband David McDonell of Harvard, MA); Nanci (husband Don Crowell of Maitland, FL), and Susan Eckberg (husband Daniel of Grapevine, TX). Claire took great joy and pride in her grandchildren: Jacquelyn Crowell Holt (husband Daniel of Atlanta, GA); Emily McDonell Faherty (husband Brendan of Gloucester, MA); Elizabeth Crowell of Washington, DC; Christopher Eckberg of Houston, TX; Jordan McDonell of Madison, WI; Sarah Eckberg of Denton, TX; Hannah McDonell of Harvard, MA; and Matthew Eckberg of Grapevine, TX. Claire is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Leukeumia & Lymphoma Society www.lls.org.