December 9, 1927 – March 14, 2020
Beloved wife of the late Robert Waldman. Devoted mother of Stanley Waldman and wife Nancy of Dartmouth, Helaine Broderick and husband Thomas of Chatham, Barbara Waldman of Watertown, and Pamela Winters and husband Edward of Lexington. Loving sister of Teri Felder of Harrison, New York. Adored grandmother of Arielle, Benjamin, Simone, Alexander, Philip, Leah, Julianna, and Bradley.
Claire lived a life full of creativity and helping others; born to parents Dora (Fleischer) and Benjamin Cohen in Boston in 1927. As a young girl, the family lived in Boston where she graduated from Girls Latin School in 1944. Growing up, her mother taught her to play the piano, a skill she later passed on to her own family. She studied Biology at Northeastern University, graduating in 1947 in the school's first women’s class.
Claire married Robert in 1949 and soon after, the couple moved to Sharon where they raised their four children. There she worked as a phlebotomist for Dr. Herschfus for several decades. While working and raising her family, she was also president of Organization of Rehabilitation through Training (ORT). Later in life, the pair enjoyed traveling and embarked on several adventures together.
Claire was always active in the community; her social calendar booked far in advance with activities and outings of the many social groups she belonged to. Splitting the year between Stoughton and Delray Beach, Florida she loved spending time with family, friends and neighbors who were all so important to her.
A private graveside service will be held. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Claire’s memory may be made to:
Brandeis University, Brandeis Fund, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453
Brigham and Women's Hospital Development Office, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115
Or to a charity of your choice.
Cards for the Claire Waldman Family may be mailed in care of Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021, and will be forwarded to the family on your behalf.
- Funeral Services and Burial are Private
March 29, 2020
My late dad was Dr. J. Aaron Herschfus, and I fondly remember her as a very kind , caring and dedicated clinician.
May her memories be filled with goodness and cheer we all felt by her.
March 28, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the Waldman family. After being a neighbor on Leonard Rd. for many years we lost contact. I was so pleased to find out that we had become neighbors again. We spent a bit of time together just before she left for Florida. She was without her car and needed a few rides. You can imagine my shock when hearing of her passing. I live in 55E Brian.Just as I was looking forward to her return to Stoughton, I received the sad and unexpected news. How fortunate you were to have had her for such a long time. May all those memories bring you comfort. Stay safe, Frayda Rosenblatt
March 21, 2020
Dear Helaine & Tommy,
We extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. We had quality time to chat while totally disconnected on the houseboat without reception or wifi. You were filled with joy talking about your visit with your Mom in January doing activities she loved to do; when you decided to end your trip to rush home to see her again after hearing her strained voice of love, once you were able to finally get a cell signal.
We hope you are able to take comfort in that visit with your Mom and cherish those memories. Stay safe and healthy. Kia kaha.
Chris & Barb Boyce
Nicole, James & Bella Turner
March 17, 2020
Claire and Robert were kind friends to my family — especially to my mom, Rita — for many years. Thanks, and may The Lord comfort and sustain the entire Waldman and Cohen family!
March 17, 2020
I knew Claire only from occasionally being at the same table at Tuesday JCC events at Ahavath Torah. She was always funny and friendly. I will miss her warmth and smile.
March 17, 2020
Barbra and Pam - I am so sorry to see this and hear of your loss. My Dad passed recently and my Mom passed in 2008. Your Mom was always so kind and inviting to me. Hope the family is doing well.
Susan (Walker) Bonneau
March 16, 2020
I will always remember how welcome she made me feel while I was up there taking care of Aunt Minnie. I remember being welcomed into her beautiful home. I also remember her letting me use her membership card to get into the museum at no charge. I was able to go there several times and enjoyed it so very much because of her. May God bless you, May His face shine upon you.
March 16, 2020
Dear Waldman Family,
So sorry to hear of Claire’s passing.
I have such wonderful memories as neighbors living on Margaret Road.
She was the nicest woman and so great as our nurse at Dr. Herschfus
office for so many years.
I always enjoyed catching up with her at Temple Israel each year.
May her memory be a blessing.
My sincere condolences,