Danielson - Pauline (LeClaire) Carter, the proud matriarch of five generations, passed away on January 10, 2019 at the age of 92. She will always be remembered for her dedication to family and friends who often called her the “hostess with the mostest”, reminding everyone to please come again.
Pauline was born September 16, 1926 in Putnam, CT to Alphonse and Marie-Reine (Joly) LeClaire. She graduated from St. James School in Danielson, CT and attended Killingly High School. She married Robert Keen Carter on April 3, 1948 in St. James Church and together they had four children. She was predeceased by Robert on April 10, 1997.
Pauline spent her life in the Danielson area working at local businesses and manufacturing facilities until her retirement from Jacobs Rubber Co. in Dayville, CT. After retirement she cared for her grandchildren and elderly family members. She also served as a volunteer visitor to local nursing homes.
Pauline enjoyed crocheting, cake decorating, and watching classic movies. She was most proud of her Canadian heritage and spoke French with family and friends and everyone loved her famous “pork pies”. Her travels included many sites in the US and Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Greece and Egypt where she rode a camel.
Pauline is survived by her children Mary-Ann Jodaitis and her husband Frank of Coventry, CT, Keen Carter and his wife Kathy of Putnam, CT, Vance Carter and his wife Joan of Danielson, CT, and Dennis Carter of Danielson, CT with whom she made her home. She is also survived by her three sisters, Jeannette Haskell of Jewett City, CT, Madeleine Dore of Moosup, CT, and Helen Normandie of Danielson, CT. She was predeceased by her brother Raymond LeClaire of Dayville, CT and Norman LeClaire of Yarmouth Port, MA. Pauline was also blessed with grandchildren Lauren, Stephen, Mark, Brandon, Jayne, Kristen, David and predeceased by her grandson Christopher. Pauline also cherished her seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and dear friends.
The family would like to sincerely thank her caregivers Carmen and Deb, Dr. Botta and the staff of Day Kimball Hospital for the kindness, support and understanding they gave to Ma in her final days.
A Calling Hour will be Monday, January 14, 2019 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at the Gagnon and Costello Funeral Home, 33 Reynolds Street, Danielson followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. James Church, 12 Franklin Street, Danielson. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donation may be made in Pauline’s memory to St. James School, 120 Water Street, Street, Danielson, CT 06239. www.gagnonandcostellofh.com