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Obituary - Claire T. Riley

Claire T. Riley

Date of Passing: September 29th, 2010

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Claire Conway Riley, 83, of Gorton Lake Rd., died peacefully on September 29, 2010, surrounded by her family, at her residence. Having made her home on Gorton Lake in West Edmeston since 1984, she formerly resided in Rome, NY, for fifteen years, and Oneida for twenty-two years. Claire was educated at Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Manhattan, Marymount College in Tarrytown, Our Lady of Good Counsel in White Plains, and she earned her BPS degree at SUNY Utica-Rome in 1976. She was past president of the Sconondoa Fireman Auxiliary in Oneida, past treasurer of Fort Stanwix PTG in Rome, and the Gorton Lake Association. She was an active volunteer at the Hope House Soup Kitchen in Utica, the Andre House Food Kitchen in Phoenix, and a member of the Children of the Rosary. She was a parishioner of St. Bernard's Church in Waterville, NY, and the St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix, AZ. The importance of family was one of Claire''''s main focus. She was devoted to St. Anthony, and praying Novena''''s to Our Lady. She had been an avid reader, a skilled knitter, and she and her late husband Pat were strategic pinochle partners at many family gatherings. In addition to her ten children, they had also hosted many foster children, and were advocates for many babies. She was born June 11, 1927, in Scarsdale, NY, daughter of the late William and Anna Wiener Conway. Surviving are three sons and their wives, Pat and Mary Kay Riley of Cape Cod, Bill and Judy Riley of Cape Cod, and Jim and Dianne Riley of Scottsdale, AZ; daughters and their husbands, Claire and John Matlock of Boulder, CO, Maggie "Peg" Riley and Jimbo Carpenter of Phoenix, Anna Riley of Phoenix, Kathy Riley of Gorton Lake, Mary and Bob Powell of Phoenix, Barbara Riley of Phoenix, and Ellen and Mike Smith of Oswego; a brother, William Conway of Australia; 19 grandchildren, Michelle Bardwell of CO, David and Sean Riley of AZ, Pat Riley of MA, Katie Rounds and Patrick Carpenter of AZ, Jessica Norton, Mike, Jason and Kevin Riley of MA, Matthew Powell of Germany, Claire Powell of AZ, Conner, McKenzie, Madison and Grace Riley of AZ, and Josh, Eric and Kristin Smith of NY; eight great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jacob Bardwell of CO, Jessica Riley of AZ, Riley and Keeley Rounds of AZ, Nora and Quirin in Germany, and Aberle Norton of MA; and family dog, Teddybear, at Gorton Lake. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was predeceased by her husband, John Patrick Riley, in 2007; sister, Marie Brondou, formerly of Utica; a grandson, Austin Riley; two infant sons; and an infant daughter. Her funeral procession will form on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville. At 10:00 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bernard's Church, Waterville. Burial to follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Oneida. Friends will be received on Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.


I'm sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My prayers are with you and your families at this time. I'm sure she is with your father in heaven.
John F. McNamara

It is just so sad to read of the death of your mother. Your Mom and your Dad too, hold a special place in my childhood memories---great memories! My sympathies to you all.
Kathy Gayle Anna

I was saddened to learn of the passing of your mom. On behalf of my father and my brother I would like to extend my condolences to the family. A great lady and a true role model.
Gary M. Skwarek

Such a great woman. So wise... Although you have felt a great loss in her passing, how fortunate you all were to have had her as a mom and grandma...
Lynn Denby and family

I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. She is now in heaven with your father, looking down on all of the Riley family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. MB
Mary Beth Novosad

I think of the time you have spent with your mother frequently in your busy schedule. These memories will remain with you and be cherished always. May God keep you close during this time of separation and give you understanding of his love and plan for you and your mother. John & Allyson Morris
John Morris

To the Riley kids....George and I are so sorry to hear of your mom's death, but I'm sure she's with your dad now, and is happy with her God! I know you'll miss her terribly. Wish we could come for the funeral, but George isn't getting around very well, and it's difficult to take him out. Our best to all of you.
Sheila Blair

Kate and I are thinking of you all and wish we could be there with you. Your mother's love and the importance she placed on family is evident in all of you and the strength of your bond for one another. While we didn't have the opportunity to know Claire well we're grateful for having known her these last two years.
Barb Korosec

To the Riley Family: Saddened to hear about your Mom's passing. Our prayers are with you in this time of grief. Being surrounded by family and friends always helps. God Bless. Juanita, Jack Eric and Karin Wilsey
Juanita, Jack, Eric & Karin Wilsey

Dear Riley Family, A true saint has left for a better place. Your mother was an incredible person as seen in the amazing legacy she left including her full and productive life and her many capable and talented children. Her marriage to your wonderful father was a great role model in a world needing examples of committed Christian marriages. I feel previleged to have known both your mom and dad and send my sincerest condolences to the entire family. Love, Jan Joslyn
Jan Joslyn

Dear Riley Family, Iím so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless!
Claire Wilsey

The Hill Rd house, fun on the bus, cub scouts, ice cream socials at the fire house, "The Famiy" who always had room for more.....oh the memories!!! I'm sorry for your loss.
Bill Waters

I am so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I have fond memories of her and your family. I remember my Mom and yours going to PTO meeting together. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Joann Waters Whitmoyer

Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I am very saddened. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Jerry France

Sorry to learn of your Mom"s passing. She was a great friend to all who knew her. We miss both Claire and Pat and the great times at Gorton Lake. Bless you all.
Terri and Al France & Family

A wonderful person has moved on to her next journey to spread her love. She will be missed by those of us left behind. She has touched so many for which I am thankful. Safe journey my neighbor/my friend.
Marylou Rhodes

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I remember growing up with Claire and visiting the Riley home on Hill Road and going to church. What a great family! Memories, time and prayers will help at a time like this.
Linda Zimmerman Shue

Dear Riley family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Riley. I can clearly remember my experience at the lake and the warm hospitality extended by Mrs. Riley. I hope that you too can find comfort in reliving the great times and memories shared as a family and at the lake. Know that I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless!
Matthew Wilsey

Comfort can be found with family and in your memories and it looks like you have a lot of both. My thoughts are with you.
Sue Elsner