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Loraine M. Clancy, age 102, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, July 16, 2022 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Rennes Health and Rehab in Weston, WI.
Loraine was born on April 1, 1920, in Glenmore, WI to the late John and Mabel (Collins) Shaughnessy. She graduated high school from St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay. Loraine worked as an assistant and bookkeeper for the late, great, Green Bay Packer, Don Hutson at the Packers Playdium.
Loraine was united in marriage to “the only one for her,” Donald E. Clancy on December 7, 1943. Don, Loraine, and sometimes the kids would attend daily mass at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, sitting just pews away from Coach Vince Lombardi. Their Catholic faith was an important part of their life.
One of Loraine’s many talents was knitting. She had more time than she ever imagined she would, in her 102 years of living, to knit her children and all 8 of her grandchildren beautiful fisherman knit afghans. Along with her knitting, she was an excellent seamstress and lived by perfection, from pinning the pattern, to cutting it out, all was checked and rechecked. Her talents didn’t stop there, Loraine made beautiful porcelain dolls, where every detail, from the painted faces to the clothes they wore, were crafted by her. The game of bridge was also a passion, playing as much as 5 days a week with her many different friend groups. Also, very near and dear to Loraine’s heart, was her Sunday Morning Breakfast Club.
Loraine spent her life giving back to others. She was a long-time volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital, receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award from The White House. She mentored young girls from the Good Shepherd Home, belonged to the Catholic Women’s Club, Shamrock Club, and Ancient Order of Hibernians Ladies Auxiliary.
This Irishman’s selfless demeanor was evident throughout her life, during the illness of her husband, to being a devoted wife, mother, grandma, and great grandma; her family meant everything. She gladly faced any challenge with a smile on her face and her trust in God.
Loraine is survived by her children Don Clancy Jr. and Maureen (Pat) Cotter; grandchildren Brendan (Brittni) Cotter, Meaghan (Dan) Sherer, Kyle (Michelle) Cotter and Kevin Cotter, Erin (Jason) Brass, Adam (Katie) Clancy, Quinn (Yann) Clancy and Ian (Anne) Clancy; and great grandchildren Delaney, Maura, Nell and Emmett Sherer; Clancy and Corrigan Cotter; Gavin, Eamon and Reagan Brass; Aidan and Anna Clancy; and Lucille and Kate Clancy.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald E. Clancy, and siblings Aileen, Mary and Patrick.
Finally, we leave you with an Irish Proverb…
‘May you live to be 100 years, with one extra year to repent’… she took two!
Private family services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
The family would like to thank the staff at Rennes and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their compassion and care.
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