, Salem, MA

July 15, 2013

Claire A. (Sheehan) Pierce, 87

Salem — Claire A. (Sheehan) Pierce, 87, beloved wife of the late Francis J. Pierce Sr., died peacefully in her sleep Friday evening, July 12, 2013, at the Lafayette Nursing Home in Marblehead.

Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Claire (McLean) Sheehan. She grew up in Salem and graduated from Salem High School, Class of 1943. She was a lifelong resident of the Salem Willows area.

Besides providing a nurturing home environment, she also worked as a senior clerk with the Essex County Registry of Deeds for 14 years, before taking a retirement disability in 1986.

Claire was a very faithful and devoted member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Salem. She was a member of the Ladies Sodality, enjoyed walking and was a lifelong member of the Juniper Community Club of the Willows. The family would like the thank the staff of The Lafayette Nursing Home and All Care Hospice for the kind and compassionate care shown to Claire.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ginny and Eric Johnson of Salem; a son, Lawrence W. Pierce of Salem; four grandchildren, Adam Pierce, Bryon Pierce, Emma Pierce Ross and her husband, Dana, and Elizabeth Anna Johnson and her fiancée, Chris Gaff; a great-grandson, Colby Ross; a brother, Rev. J. William Sheehan, OMI of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death, besides her husband and parents, by her son, Francis “Mike” Pierce Jr., a daughter-in-law, Marion Pierce, two grandsons, Lucas Pierce and Padraic Pierce, and a sister, Mary Lou Marrs.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather for a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday July 17, at 11 a.m., in Immaculate Conception Church, Salem. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Oblate Infirmary and Retirement Home, 486 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876, or to All Care Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA 01901. For online obituary, or to sign condolences, please visit