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BEVERLY - Claire Ann (Jacobson) Herlihy 83, beloved wife of William V. Herlihy, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Beverly Hospital.
Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Alice (Fraser) Jacobson and was raised in Belmont and Point of Pines in Revere. She graduated from the Salem Hospital School of Nursing in 1956 in the midst of the polo epidemic.
Her nursing career spanned over forty years, working at hospitals, nursing homes and lastly at the Landmark School in Beverly Farms. Claire loved being a school nurse and frequently said that the 16 years working at the Landmark School were the "best years of my career."
Claire was also a proud thirty five year participant of the Harvard-Brigham and Women's Hospital nurses' health study. This study is the largest running investigation into women's health, providing research and information in reducing risk factors for health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
While a nursing student at Salem Hospital, Claire met her future husband, Bill who was one of her patients. They were married soon after she graduated, moved to Beverly and started a family. Over the years, Claire and Bill enjoyed spending many summers at their cottage on Rock Haven Lake in West Newfield, Maine.
In addition to her husband with whom she shared sixty years of marriage, she is survived by her daughter, Donna D'Iorio and her husband, George of Kennebunk, ME, two sons, Richard Herlihy and his wife, Lydia of Stratham, NH and Paul Herlihy of Peabody, eight grandchildren and one brother, Kenneth Jacobson. She was also the mother of the late Stephen Herlihy and sister of the late Carl Jacobson.
Her funeral service will be held in the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Monday, February 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on February 1, 2018
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