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Claire A. (Melanson) (Richard) Bogan passed peacefully at the Largo Medical Center in Florida on November 5, 2017, at the age of 82. She leaves behind her husband of 33 years, J. Ronald Bogan of Largo, Fla. Claire was born and raised in Lynn, Mass., the daughter of the late Raymond Camille Melanson and Evelyn (Landry) Melanson. In previous years, Claire and Ron resided in both Peabody, Mass., and Stratham, N.H.
Claire attended St. Jean de Baptiste for 12 years, graduating high school in 1953. She attended the Lynn Hospital School of nursing for two years before starting her family in 1955. She completed her RN degree at North Shore Community College in 1974 and worked for many years as a nurse at Lynn Hospital, The Weight Loss Clinic, and Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Her favorite nursing job was taking care of the newborns in the maternity ward at Lynn Hospital.
After retiring, she and her husband were “snowbirds” between Florida and New Hampshire. She enjoyed countless family memories at her summer camp in Newfields, N.H., Disney World, Epcot and SeaWorld. She cherished her time with her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Claire is survived by her children, Glen Richard of Lynn, Mass., Donna Bates and her husband, Ron of Stratham, N.H., Keith Richard of Lynn, Mass., Craig Richard and his wife, Renee of Derry, N.H., and Susan Freeman and her husband, David of Stratham, N.H. She will be fondly remembered as Grammy (and for her peanut butter pancakes) by Glen C. Richard, Ryan Bates, Brendan Richard, Kerri Bates, Michael Richard, Kaitlyn Freeman, Jason Freeman, Vanessa Bates and Austin Bates. Claire leaves behind her siblings, Theresa Arsenault and her husband, Andrew of Largo, Fla., and Paul Melanson and his wife, Rebecca of Indianapolis, Ind. She was predeceased by her sister, Doris Shepard and her husband, Lester of Topsfield, Mass.; and her sister-in-law, Maryann Melanson. She is also survived by her husband’s children, J. Ronald Bogan Jr. of Danvers, Kathy Miksis of Middleton, and Patrick Bogan of Mansfield, Texas. She leaves many nieces and nephews with fond memories of camping trips, cookouts and family gatherings.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael Parish in Exeter, N.H., on December 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. followed by a gathering at The Old Salt in Hampton, N.H. Burial will be private at her resting place in Newfields, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, please direct your generosity to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.themmrf.org) in hopes to end this and all cancer. Arrangements are by the Stockbridge Funeral Home, Exeter. Please visit www.Stockbridgefh.com.
Published on  November 28, 2017
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