St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue ST, Chalmette, LA


Claire Bird Gioe

June 29, 1928July 15, 2020

Claire Bird Gioe passed away on July 15, 2020, at the age of 92. She was born on June 29, 1928. She was the loving wife of the late John J. Gioe, for 53 years. Beloved mother of Sandra Cortes (Johnny), and Kevin Gioe (Sherie). She was the grandmother of Dawn Cortes, Jamie Cortes, Rocky Gioe (Davina), and Gino Gioe (Eden). Great-grandmother of Kiersten Cortes. Sister of Ruth Zachman, Helen Boscareno (Domonick), and Shirley Ural. Sister-in-law of Noelle Gioe. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, the late George William Bird and the late Anna Hippler Bird; by her sisters and their husbands, the late Margaret and Charles Gravois, and the late Yvonne and Henry Martinez; by her brothers-in-law, the late Thomas Zachman, the late Robert Ural, and the late Lucien Gioe; by her sisters-in-law and their husbands, the late Marion and Frances Gessler, the late Margaret and Alfred Jirovec, and the late Josie and Joseph Voelker; and by her brothers-in-law and their wives, the late Frank and Shirley Gioe, the late Joseph "Buck" and Joyce Gioe, and the late Babe and Dorothy Gioe. Claire was a long time resident of Chalmette prior to Hurricane Katrina, and an employee of American Sugar Refining until her retirement. She was much loved by all and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. A visitation will be held for Claire on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. VIRTUE STREET, in Chalmette, from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. A funeral mass will be held in her memory at 11:00 AM. She will be laid to rest in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. To sign and view the family guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Claire Bird Gioe

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Chele’ Bardwell

July 23, 2020

I loved stopping by the house in Chalmette right before Shelby and Kiersten got out from
School and caught a few minutes of soaps with her:) Such a sweet lady!!

Dawn Cortes

July 22, 2020

—— In Our Hearts —-
We thought of you today.
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday.
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have are memories.
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake.
With which we’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our hearts.

Marie Spicuzza

July 20, 2020

Miss Claire, I sure am going to miss seeing you at 4 pm Mass at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Kenner, LA. You were always so kind and sweet. My condolences to your family.

Caidon Moldenhauer

July 17, 2020

I remember every year around Christmas we'd go visit "the aunts" . I always had trouble remembering which aunt was who, but I knew aunt Claire, because she always smelled like flowers and she made the absolute best corn crab soup the human body has ever consumed. We were always so excited to go visit aunt Shirley and aunt Ruth and of course aunt Claire, Christmas wasn't christmas without her soup. We love you aunt Claire and I wish you safe travels to heavens gate.

Brenda Moldenhauer

July 17, 2020

Aunt Claire was the glue of our family I remember spending most Sundays of my childhood at her and Uncle Johnny's house and holiday,s and going from their house to Aunt Shirley's . The door was always open as well as her loving arms and heart . I know I was very lucky to have her for my aunt and so glad my kids and grandkids had the blessing of knowing her and sharing a part in her life. You will be missed very much and remembered always Love you, Brenda

vera mancini

July 17, 2020

A wonderful, happy visit at Clare's home during Mardi Gras, a long time ago. My late sister Teresa, lat niece Nancy and great-niece Nicole were also there and enjoyed the hospitality and good cheer of this lovely lady. My sincerest condolances to all she has left behind, all who loved her dearly. May she rest in the arms of the angels.

Patti Zachman

July 16, 2020

I will always remember when we would visit Saturday mornings Aunt Claire would make biscuits from scratch and we would all sit at the kitchen table eating them as soon as they came out of the oven. She continued doing that when my kids and I would visit too. There are so many memories growing up even though we lived in Wisconsin. Every summer we would either be visiting you in Chalmette or y’all would be visiting u. Aunt Claire lived her life to the fullest. Never a dull moment with her. We love you and miss you so very much. Til we met again