Christine C. Clapes

Passed away on February 12, 2013

Clapes, Christine Christine Catherine Clapes died peacefully on February 12, 2013 at St. Joseph's Manor in Trumbull, CT. Mrs. Clapes was born in Stamford, CT to Lorenzo and Rose Pagliaro on December 4, 1919. She was 93, and a lifelong resident of Stamford. The wife of former Stamford Mayor, Louis A. Clapes, Christine served as Stamford's First Lady during the Mayor's eight year term from 1975 to 1983. Well known and regarded in the community, Mrs. Clapes was active in many community organizations including the Stamford Woman's Club, the Stamford Women's Republican Club, the United Cerebral Palsy Association, local arts organizations and charitable organizations. An artist, Mrs. Clapes painted in oils and delighted in giving her paintings away. Many of her paintings hang today in the homes of local residents who won them in raffles at local charity fundraising events, or received them as gifts for special occasions. For many years, Mrs. Clapes volunteered at Stamford's Smith House Nursing Facility, teaching a painting class to the residents there. During her years as the City's First Lady, Mrs. Clapes created pen and ink drawings of Stamford's historic buildings, which became the Mayor's Christmas cards each year. Mrs. Clapes is survived by her five children: Anthony L. Clapes of Honolulu, HI, Rosemary Clapes Raffaele of Sarasota, FL, Lawrence T. Clapes of Sarasota, FL, Louise Clapes Wilson, and William A. Clapes of Atlanta, GA; two daughters-in-laws, Jill Youngchild Clapes and Diane Novello Clapes and a son-in-law, Thomas Wilson; ten grandchildren: Lisa Clapes, Stephanie Clapes, Christine Raffaele Paoletta, Alyssa Raffaele, Amy Raffaele-Stoll, Nicholas Clapes, Alexandra Clapes O'toole, Rebecca Clapes, Spencer Clapes and Carley Clapes, and two great-grandaughters. Mrs. Clapes is also survived by a sister, Columbia Pagliaro Smith. She is predeceased by her brother Pat Page and sister Cesarine (Sis) Pagliaro Lambo. The family wishes to thank the very special staff at St. Joseph's manor and Solamor Hospice for their wonderful care and kindness, especially the 5th floor nurses and CNAs, who treated our mother with great love and respect. Leo P. Gallagher & Sons is handling the arrangements for Mrs. Clapes. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 18, 2013 from 4pm to 8pm. Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Schyler Avenue, Stamford, CT on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:30am.


  • Calling Hours Monday, February 18, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Burial Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Christine C. Clapes

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Thomas LiVolsi

October 13, 2013

Rosemary, I was surfing the web when I came upon the notice of your mother's passing. My mother Louise also passed-on this year. I will never forget your mother as she was such a wonderful and beautiful person in our lives. Both women had such love, respect, and a friendship they cherished. Best wishes to you and your family. Tom LiVolsi

February 23, 2013

Dear Columbia and Clapes family - we extend our deepest syumpathy to all at this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you -

Pat and Marie Cordon, Ormond Beach, Fl.

Shirley Pierne

February 21, 2013

To the Clare's family. Your mom was a LADY in every sense of the word. She &your Dad helped me enormously when I worked for Judge Linsley in Stamford. I was 17 when I got that job & knew nothing about law..I could call on them any time to help me prepare court litigations. I learned so much. My heartfelt condolences.

Christine Seeley

February 21, 2013

Dear Rosemary, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Chris Seeley

February 19, 2013

Dear Rosemary,
So sorry to read about your Mom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Fran Fogarty

February 19, 2013

To the Clapes family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of a great lady!
Her talents were many and she was loved by all who knew her.
May her fulfilled life's memories stay in your hearts forever.
With love and heartfelt sadness,

February 19, 2013

Dear Rosmary: We are sorry that we could not attend the services for Mom.
Our prayer are with you and your family.
Understanding that you had the privilege and gift of living the majority of you lives with a wonderful women. Her memories shall always be with you and her teachings shall continue to guide you throughout the rest of your lives. Listen carefully every day for her words of wisdom and comfort.

Ann & Michael Cantore

February 18, 2013

Dear Rosemary and family, so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Sorry I can't be with you. Arlene Hall

February 18, 2013

Dear Bill, Diane, and entire Clapes family - We are so sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Patty and Jim Lane

Carolyn Archer, dir. pastoral services for SolAmor Hospice

February 18, 2013

On behalf of the staff at SolAmor Hospice may I extend our deepest sympathies to Christine's family. Our
prayers are with you.