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Claire (Yirrell) Sheltry

January 23, 1937 ~ April 21, 2021 (age 84)

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Claire (Yirrell) Sheltry of Winthrop passed away on April 21, 2021 (at 84 years of age) peacefully surrounded by her family. Beloved daughter of the late Catherine T. (Donovan) and Frederick W. Yirrell, Sr, she was a lifelong resident of Winthrop. Claire retired in 2007 as the Winthrop Town Clerk, having worked in the office for over 25 years. She has the distinction of being the last popularly elected Town Clerk in Winthrop.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Sheltry, having married in 1960. She was predeceased by her son, LCDR Joseph Francis, USN (Ret.). and daughter Nadine. Also by her brothers Frederick W. Yirrell, Jr, Francis Yirrell, John J. Yirrell (all of whom served honorably in the military) and Richard Yirrell.

She leaves her children Maureen C. Sheltry of Charlestown, MA, Kenneth F. Sheltry of Portsmouth NH daughter-in-law Lorraine M. Sheltry of Gales Ferry CT and sister-in-law Katherine (Sheltry) Nolan of Randolph, MA. She is also survived by six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the funeral home on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10:00 AM. Services will conclude with the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

*Attendees must observe social distancing and wear masks in the funeral home, church and at the cemetery*

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org or to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House at www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.


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April 26, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ernest P. Caggiano & Son Funeral Home
147 Winthrop Street
Winthrop, MA 02152

Mass of Christian Burial
April 27, 2021

10:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist Church
320 Winthrop St.
Winthrop, MA 02152

Interment following funeral service
April 27, 2021

Winthrop Cemetery
Cross St.
Winthrop, MA-Massachusetts 02152

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