Claire Marie Jacobs

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Claire Marie Jacobs

Claire Marie Jacobs passed away in Shoreline, WA on November 26, 2018, from complications of vascular dementia.  Her husband of 67 years and her daughter were by her side.

She was born Claire Marie Paré on February 12, 1929 in Holyoke, MA, and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Lawrence, MA. She married Richard Jacobs on June 3, 1951 and her life’s adventure was exploring the places that his US Coast Guard career brought them, meeting and charming new people, and serving with the highest distinction as Mama Bear for her two children.  She and Dick traveled the world extensively for many years after his retirement, until she became ill.

She is survived by her husband Dick, her children Cindy Jacobs (Dennis Riggs) and Brad Jacobs (Debbie), her sisters Jeannine Paré, Lorainne Quinn, and Doris Michaud, her beloved grandchildren Robert Howey, Jennifer Latourette (Dave), John Surprise (Melanie), and Stephen Howey (Marie), her great-grandchildren Bradley Surprise, Maurine Claire Surprise, and Rainier Howey, in whom she delighted, and numerous nieces and nephews in multiple generations, all of whom she loved dearly. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Joseph and Sophie Paré, and her twin sister Therese Habib.


There will be no formal service, but family and friends will be contacted soon to save a date for a remembrance celebration some time after the first of the year.  Donations in Claire’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, in hopes of finally finding a cure for the horrible spectrum of dementia-related diseases that took her from us.


6 Responses to “Claire Marie Jacobs”

  • Bernice Gordon says:

    Dear Dick,

    I’m so sorry to learn of your wife’s passing.
    She clearly led a good life with many loved ones and was much loved.

    Please accept my condolences.

    Bernice Gordon
    (From Aljoya)

  • Rev Dr Robert D. Nicholson says:

    When Betty and I arrived at Aljoya it was such a pleasure to have meals with and visit with Claire, a new friend who brightened and blest our lives. Dick continues as a valued neighbor, friend and resident leader and continues the
    love and care Claire brought to us all.

  • George Poor says:

    Dick, I have just returned and just started looking up recent email. I am sorry to learn of your loss, both recent and over the last several years. You are right, Dementias of all types are the worst kind of tragedy!

    Please accept my sincere condolences.

    George Poor

  • David says:

    My heart go’s out to the Jacobs family,Claire what a sweet spirit she had, and a pleasure to have known her. And I watched Dick be by her side what an incredible example of the vows they both shared ❤️

  • Tamra says:

    Please accept my condolences to your family. I hope that God’s promise of the resurrection brings you comfort during this very difficult time. (Acts 24:15)

  • Laura Kaetzel Beall says:

    Dear Mr. Jacob,
    I am the daughter of David Kaetzel, a Coast Guard 51’ classmate. Recently. I was in touch with the Malm girl’s and we were trying to remember all the names of our father’s friends we could think of, and your name was one. I decided to Google your name and found your wife’s obituary. Although it has been a few years, I would like to express my condolences for your family’s loss. If you should have a moment and are interested in telling a very interested party old Coast Guard stories, I would be more than interested in hearing about “back then”.
    Again, I am so sorry for your loss.
    With Greatest of Sincerity,
    Laura Kaetzel Beall
    (My husband and I have recently move from FL to Hartford, CT and drive by THE Academy on occasion)

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