Claire Heelen Palumbo

Born on 10/24/1943

Departed on 12/25/2013

Resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia

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

Mrs. Palumbo was born in Boston, Massachusetts 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, North Carolina; Catherine Frances Mc Guinn (Robert) of Charleston, South Carolina; Christine Lee Garman (John) of Fredericksburg; her son, Carmine David Palumbo (Jessica) of Swainsboro, Georgia: two brothers David Heelen and Dennis Heelen (Nancy) of Massachusetts. Claire is also survived by and affectionately known as “Lala” to her eight grandchildren, Claire Noel Martin; Patrick Martin of Asheville, North Carolina; Cecilia Ann McGuinn, Joseph Mc Guinn, and Charles Mc Guinn of Charleston, South Carolina; Amelia Lee Garman and Henry Garman of Fredericksburg; and Virginia Lee Palumbo of Swainsboro, Georgia. Claire was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mary Rita Mc Coy (Williams) 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.


34 thoughts on Claire Heelen Palumbo

  1. Tim and Cheryl Goodman on said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Palumbo family in this time of sorrow.

  2. Margaret McGuinn on said:

    There are no words to express our depth of sorrow at a time like this. My thoughts and prayers are wthh you all.

  3. Elizabeth Paige on said:

    I was so saddened to learn of your mother’s passing…I will be praying God reveals His love for you in the care of those around you. Praying for His spirit to hold you up.

  4. Baldwin and Marti Harrington on said:

    our love, sympathy,and prayers are with all of you.Baldwin and Marti

  5. Tina Jones on said:

    Pat and family,
    I had not seen Claire for a few years. I would see her fairly often when she was working and I always saw her at Christmas shipping packages through UPS. I remember how fondly she spoke of her children and grandchildren. I thought she was such a lovely person. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy for your loss, Tina Jones (UPS)

  6. Nancy Langston on said:

    David and I are very sad to learn of your mother’s passing. You are in our thoughts. We send you love and wish you and your family peace.

  7. Marilyn Pocock-Embrey on said:

    Pat & family, I was so sorry to hear of Claire’s passing, I had not seen her in several years but will always remember her bubbling personality when our children were at Montfort and all of us parents volunteered at differant functions. May God bless your family and the wonderful memories sustain all of you through this

  8. Jeff Campbell on said:

    This is very sad news. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  9. Russ & Martha Roberts on said:

    Martha and I extend to Pat our deepest sympathy. You are a dear friend and you do not deserve this. Best wishes.
    Martha and Russ

  10. Ted and Barbara Garman on said:

    We are very sorry for our loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  11. George F. , Jeanie L. Stapp on said:

    You were such a joy to work with,and every time I had a problem you took care of it. THANK-YOU!! CLAIRE

  12. Mary Jane Bohlen on said:

    Dear Pat and Family, We arrived in Fredericksburg in 1979 and our daughter began kindergarten at Montfort Academy. As a fellow Bostonian, Claire took me under her wing. It was so nice to be able to talk to someone who had similar tastes, especially our love for Reginas Pizza in the North End. When I was expecting our third child who will be 29 in March, Claire generously hosted a baby shower. I have been gone from VA for five years so I had not seen Claire in quite awhile and was so saddened to read of her passing. You and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mary Jane and Bob Bohlen

  13. Tom and Rose Mary Clare on said:

    Claire was such a beautiful lady (inside and out), neighbor and friend! Our deepest sympathy to the entire Palumbo family from our family.

  14. Megan Brooks Carolla on said:

    Dear Uncle Pat, Patricia, Catherine. Carmine and Christine:
    I am so sadden by the passing of Aunt Claire. PLease know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry I cannot be there in person to support you during this time. Love you, Megan

  15. Susan Van Lear on said:

    Dear Palumbo Family- please know that you have our deepest sympathy. Claire was such a wonderful person! We will keep all of you in our prayers. Susan and Murray Van Lear

  16. Marsha and Steve Zaidman on said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

  17. Caryle Connelly on said:

    Please accept and extend to your children my deepest sympathy on your heartbreaking loss. You have my prayers for comfort and courage during this most sorrowful time.

  18. Craig Zaidman on said:

    Mrs. Palumbo was always so kind and supportive of me growing up. She had a very warm heart, a welcoming smile, and was always so eager to feed me. She made me feel “part of the family.” My thoughts are with you all.

  19. Steve Cole on said:

    Catherine, all of us at Clemson are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying for peace and comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

  20. Kyle Barnette on said:

    Catherine, your Charleston family has you and your family in our prayers. We wish you peace in this difficult time. Love from the Charleston Horticultural Society.

  21. Sara & Mike Concini on said:

    Christine and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you! May you be surrounded by the love and care of friends and family near and far that will sustain you during this difficult time. Peace and love, Sara & Mike Concini

  22. Frank Curreri and Family on said:

    Clair was one of the finest ladies we ever knew she became one of the family from the very 1st and will forever remain in our hearts, God Bless you Claire, Gods Peace and Love are with you and with your entire family Frank Curreri

  23. Bob nd Jo Ann Morath on said:

    Dear Pat and family,
    We were very sad to hear of Claire’s passing. May your many wonderful memories get you through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  24. Bob nd Jo Ann Morath on said:

    May your many wonderful memories get you through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are you.

  25. Becky Dawson Maynard on said:

    Patricia and Family, I was so saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. I have such fond memories of her from our Montfort days. I will always remember her beautiful smile and bubbly personality. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

  26. Alice Merchent Dearing on said:

    I was so sorry to hear this news. I will always remember Claire as a kind woman, always wearing a smile, especially on the sidelines of JM field hockey games. Please accept my condolences, as well as those of my Mom, Mary Alice.

  27. Christel Harden on said:

    Catherine, I just learned of your mother’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. As time goes on, may you remember your mother in her happiest and healthiest times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Christel Harden

  28. Susan McLeod Epstein on said:

    Catherine and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find strength in your faith and the many wonderful memories you have of your mother.

  29. Gwen Mccurdy on said:

    Dear Catherine, I am saddened to learn about your mothers death. Please know that my thoughts are with you as you suffer this loss. I know your mother derived great pleasure from your accomplishments. Gwen

  30. Brooke Thompson on said:

    Patricia and family,
    Please know that Claire and your family are loved. And wishing you peace during this difficult time. Brooke Thompson

  31. Sis Marshall on said:

    Catherine, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady. We see her through you with your enthusiasm, kindness and care for others. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please know you are loved by many in Charleston. Thank you for being a shining light in our community.

    Sis Marshall

  32. John Allen on said:

    My condolences to Pat, and the family.
    She was a very classy lady.
    John Allen, WFKS Radio, retired

  33. Beverly Gumb on said:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like your Mother was a very special person – full of light and life just like her wonerful daughter. Take care xo Beverly

  34. Susan Shepherd Smoot on said:

    Dear Patricia,
    I have just learned about the loss of your mother. My deepest sympathies go to you and all your family. I remember vividly your stories of growing up with such a vivacious Mom who taught you so much. I’m so sorry for the sadness you are living with and encourage you to recall all the happiness she brought to life. Susan

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