Clara L. Croteau

October 27, 1941February 27, 2019

Clara Louise Croteau, 77, of Manchester passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 27th at Hillsborough County Nursing Home, surrounded by family and loved ones after a brief illness. She was born in Manchester on October 27, 1941, the daughter of James B. and Clara E. (Smith) Croteau and was a lifelong resident of the Queen City. She grew up on the “West Side”, was educated in the local school system and was a graduate of West High School Class of 1960. Following her graduation, Clara married and raised her five children across the street from where she grew up.

Clara took her passion for caring for others to the Hillsborough Nursing Home as a CNA where she retired after 25 years. She enjoyed family, gardening, cooking and baking, traveling and was a talented craftwoman. She took pride in her award winning entries of crafts and vegetables in the Deerfield Fair. The holidays were her favorite time of the year, spoiling her children and grandchildren.

Members of her family include her sons Robert Archambault (Mary Walbourne) and Michael Archambault (Rebecca Cofod), her daughters Catherine Archambault (Greg Gegen) and Marie-Anne Flowers (Craig), her grandsons Joshua Archambault and Nicholas Flowers, her granddaughters Kalyn Archambault, Jessica Cole and Madison Flowers and her great granddaughters Izabelle and Liliana Cole as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Clara is preceded in death by her sister, Priscilla Parkhurst and her son Normand F. Archambault.

Visitation was be held on Friday March 8 from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the McHugh Funeral Home 283 Hanover St. corner of Beech St. in Manchester followed by a Memorial Service in the funeral home. Urn burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Clara’s name be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 166 So. River Rd. Suite 210 Bedford, NH 03110 or to Meals on Wheels 323 Franklin St. Manchester, NH 03101.


  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 8, 2019

Clara L. Croteau

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Catherine Archambault

March 5, 2019

Mom, may she be spreading her golden wings in the heavens with all her family that has passed before her. May she look down on us all and guide us to be as kind, caring and thoughtful as she. Her love for everyone around her was great and true. Filling her shoes won't be easy. She was our glue that held it all together. I will miss her with an aching heart, but I will wear a smile knowing she is looking upon my every step. Thank you Mom for all you had done for not only me but everyone you encountered in your life.
Love you Mom. Till we meet again...