Claire Ann Melvin
October 5, 1924 – January 26, 2020
CLAIRE ANN MELVIN (nee Trittler), age 95, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Richard; and loving mother of Rik (deceased); Sharyn Orr (Paul), Terry (Joan), Jamie (Maureen), and Todd (Maria); grandmother of Lauren, Alexandra, Kaitlin, Ryan, Tara, Conner, Bryce, Josh, Kristyn and Sean; great grandmother of Gage, Cohen and Denza; sister of Anita Ambrose (Michael), Irene Wass (late Ernest) and the late Doris Melvin (late Joseph); beloved aunt of many. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Animal Protective League.
Claire was the first woman to be allowed in the Notre Dame men's locker room during a football game on the excuse of a sprained ankle. (Scrap Iron Young showed her Knute Rockne's office.) She was a huge football, basketball and baseball fan. Claire attended St. Colman’s, West Tech High School and after business college courses she became executive secretary to the President of Republic Steel. She was married to her husband Richard for 59 years and the last five she visited him daily, driving 60 miles each way to the Soldiers and Sailors facility in Sandusky, Ohio.
She was an avid golfer and was a fun loving bridge player in a variety of local bridge groups. She taught her grandchildren how to play a variety of card games and enjoyed winning even more as they got older. In the 1970's and 80’s Claire was the manager of Things to be Remembered retail chain and under her management, gained the highest gross sales in the nation repeatedly. High school kids loved hanging around Claire's kiosk to have their sweetheart's ID bracelets engraved. Adults trusted her with more expensive items such as Rolex watches.
Claire was one of a kind. She remained calm during stressful times. She was sophisticated and classy, heartwarming and helpful. She was the most lovely person and deserving of being a respected matriarch of her family.
Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 31, at 12:30 in St, Bernadette Church, 2256 Clague Rd. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home, 20820 Lorain Rd from 5-8pm Thursday. 440-331-0500.
- Memorial Visitation Thursday, January 30, 2020
- Funeral Mass Friday, January 31, 2020
Claire Ann Melvin
February 2, 2020
One of my memories of Claire is when we were walking 1/2 way around the block on North Park and Shelburne when she had come to visit at my mom’s -Betty’s house on the east side. She was walking much better after open heart surgery at age 88 1/2 years old.
I let the dogs go running in a field used for soccer playing near Hathaway Brown & she said
Oh that’s Hathaway Brown! She told me how her oldest son, Rik (who had passed away) was in a rock band called Mother’s Oats. Her husband Dick was always on his case to cut his long hair and to study more for pre-Med and practice the electric bass guitar less. But one time when he came home very late from a gig, she had woken up and asked how much he made that night. He said not too much- about $25 maybe (before drinks) as the guys split up the pay and the band manager took his cut first.
She asked him
Why don’t you let me book venues for you & you guys can get all the money?
So while her husband fought with Rik, Claire, behind the scenes, helped him & Mother’s Oats be more successful.
When Claire became the band manager Hathaway Brown was the first high school they played at — she said they didn’t put up a stink over the price and they had a check ready right when the guys showed up to play.
Just one of the things she did to be a positive support to her kids.
I love you
January 30, 2020
Dear, Sharyn, Terry, Jamie and Todd,
With deep condolences to you and your families for your loss.
I hope it brings you comfort to know that I am celebrating the life Claire lived and am thankful for her impact on my life. She was a gracious lady and a thoughtful aunt.
January 30, 2020
Dear Anita & family my prayers for you.
For your loss of your sister.