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.