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Claire Jean Munley

August 21, 1941August 28, 2020
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Claire Jean Munley (nee Wolfe) age 79, passed away August 28, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Michael A Munley, mother of Colleen Beth Munley (Lisa DeLong) and Sean Patrick Munley (Candace), grandmother of Nicholas Lee Scheeff, Victoria Marie Havasi (Tibor), Marissa Marie Munley and Michael Patrick Munley, great grandmother of Amelia Freya Kalal, Sadie Rae Havasi and Savannah Havasi. Claire the oldest child of seven born to the late Thomas Clair Wolfe and Evelyn Helen Wolfe (nee Sweet) her siblings include 5 sisters and 1 brother. Thomasene Hensley (Gaylord), Frances DePasquale, deceased (Gary Ledbetter), Donald Wolfe (Marta), Yvonne Wolfe, Michelle Surace (Robert) and Lois Luchesse. Aunt and Great Aunt to many. Claire attended Kent State University, graduating with a bachelor’s in education. While there Claire made 3 special lifelong friends. Linda Tracz, Kathy Sidor and Grace Madden whom she loved to travel with. Claire worked for several school disctricts throughout the years and retired from Cleveland Municipal School District, where she had been a reading specialist. Claire also found the Christian Church Disciples of Christ during her college years and became a devoted and active member of Bedford Christian Church, Parma Christian Church and Franklin Circle Christian Church. Her favorite Bible verse, Micah 6:8 NRSV He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? This was Claire’ guiding principal in life. She taught Sunday school, served as a Deacon, an Elder and Chair of the Board. For fun Claire loved arts & crafts, gardening, going to the Theatre, she was a Red Coat volunteer at Play House Square and of course traveling with her friends. Anyone who knew Claire would say she had a warm smile and a kind heart. Details for a memorial service are forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Claire, can be made to Franklin Circle Christian Church.

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Candace Munley

September 12, 2020

Claire was a wonderful Mother-in-law to me. I have fond memories of going over to visit her to watch the Indians games when Sean and I were dating. She was so very kind and supportive over the years especially when I lost my own Mom. She graciously welcomed us into her home every year when we would come to visit. I will always remember her love and kindness. I will miss her greatly.

Rick Smith

September 11, 2020

I always appreciated how Clair handled herself and others. She was usual pretty stern with her words but the way she added kindness and compassion is why I went to her for advice. She was a great woman and I will miss her dearly.

Yvonne Wolfe

September 11, 2020

I have another memory I wanted to share. This happened about 30 years ago. One Friday night my dog got sick. He just laid down on the floor and wouldn’t get up. This was my German Shepard Tom. He weighed 85 pounds. It’s getting later and later and I can’t get him to move. It’s 11pm and I call Claire because I was so upset. She came right over and stayed with Danielle and Lori while I took Tom to the all night emergency hospital. She helped me get him into my van. Somehow he had torqued his spleen and probably wouldn’t have made it until the morning. I really loved that dog and will be forever grateful she helped me. I lived in Cleveland at the time. I didn’t get back until 2am. I asked her to stay and she’s like no it’s okay am going home. “I’m glad I could help” So was I.

Yvonne Wolfe

September 10, 2020

I was watching a trailer for the new movie Dune coming soon. It made me think of Claire. She loved all the Dune books and highly recommended them to me. She was the one who got me into all of Tolkein’s books as well. She always had a book recommendation for me. My favorite historical is a book called Zemindar. Also recommended by Claire. Just a great book. I was a tutor for Claire for 2 years when she taught at Capt Arthur Roth. She passed her love of reading on to reluctant readers and made great progress with them. The old saying “ if you can read thank a teacher” definitely applied to her.

Tommi Hensley

September 10, 2020

My “little “ big sister instilled a love of reading in me. When Claire was in just fourth or fifth grade she would read to Fran and I most nights. These stories she could make come alive with just her voice. I will love and remember her always for this and so many other memories. Her loving sister, Tommi.

Michelle Surace

September 10, 2020

I always looked up to and admired my "Big Sis" Claire. There are 13 years between us so she was almost like a second mother to me. I still remember the year I started kindergarten and she went off to her freshman year at Kent State. That year was 1959. Through the years we mostly got together at our mother's house in Bedford, Claire living on the westside of Cleveland and me on the eastside. After our mother passed on, Claire moved to Streetsboro on the eastside and so did I in 1996, living just a few doors apart. We walked every morning with Freda before we went to work. Claire was always such a good influence on me. I will miss he greatly. See you on the other side Claire!

Valerie Surace

September 10, 2020

I have great memories of when Aunt Claire lived down the street from my mom and I. I would walk over there not only to say Hi but Aunt Claire could always put together some delicious snacks. She’s the one that introduced me to crackers with cream cheese and pepper jelly. Mmmmm mmmmm.

Sarah Nemitz

September 9, 2020

Claire is my aunt. I will miss her greatly. I will remember her kindness, caring and smile. I specifically remember her being there for me and my family when my dad passed away and also when she worked at a school where one of my clients was a student. I am so glad we got to visit her in February. xoxo

Bill Griggs

September 8, 2020

Just wanted to express my condolences.

Ashley King

September 6, 2020

I didn't have the joy of meeting Claire, but I am friends with her daughter, Colleen. Just knowing Colleen and seeing how much she cares for others reflects her mother's influence in her life. Claire's legacy lives on through her children, grandchildren, and all the others who experienced her love and compassion. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of a beautiful woman. Much love and big hugs, Ashley.

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