Claire A. (Fougere) Lundberg, of Westwood, Massachusetts, died February 27, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Carl E. Lundberg. Loving mother of Linda, Wayne, Kenny, and Kim. Cherished grandmother of Terry and Meghan, Chad and Amanda, Matthew and Sheila, Jessica and Travis, Anisia and Alex, Georgia, Colden, Emma, and Leah. Cherished great-grandmother of Olivia, Rose, Lily, and Amelia. Sister of the late Frank, Marie, and Phyllis. Sister-in-law of the late Marilyn, Donald, and William, and John. Survived by sisters Jean and Nancy, brother-in-law Joe, daughters-in-law Faye and Karin, Son-in-law Sean. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Claire was born in 1932 in East Boston and for the most part grew up on Moore Street, a short walk from Boston Harbor, having moved there when she was in first grade; she lived through the Hurricane of '38 and constant threat from the nearby sea during WWII. She was one of many children (sisters, four of them, and an older brother called "Lambie") who actually huddled around a radio to listen to President Roosevelt's declaration of war after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Despite the stern rule of her mother, Claire and her brother and sisters always had fun and treasured the relief of a gentler, kinder father, who worked seven days a week as a tugboat captain in Boston Harbor and did repairs and painting at the house they lived in to avoid the $18 rent.
In 1948, at age sixteen, Claire graduated from high school and soon worked for several years at Blue Cross Blue Shield before meeting and marrying at 20 her beloved husband, Carl, 22, who hailed from Omaha, Nebraska. Carl was stationed with the Navy in Boston at the time. They lived for a couple of years in a small apartment in East Boston before moving to Cambridge where their first child, Linda, was born in 1954. Later came a son, Wayne, in 1957, then Kenny in 1962 after a move to Westwood, and finally Kim in 1966. After many years as what we now call "a stay-at-home" mom through the mid 70s, when the children were old enough to let themselves in after school, Claire went to work as a teller for Hancock Bank. Then, for well over 30 years she served as an administrative assistant and eventually coordinated sales in the advertising department of the Daily Transcript in Dedham, and other publications in the Community Newspaper chain. Claire highly prized her own hard work and those of others. Until her cancer diagnosis recently, Claire worked alongside her daughter, Kim, the administrative assistant at Westwood Montessori as a kind of aide-de-camp to her daughter-in-law, Faye, the director/owner. Claire also volunteered at the Westwood Senior Center helping "the old people." Many referred to Claire with the likes of "best person I've ever known," and "nicest person on the planet." Along with passion for gambling of almost any kind and pleasure reading, Claire unselfishly cherished her husband, siblings and their extended families, their many years of living and loving together, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Her most lasting, recognizable character trait may well be that she always saw the best in everyone and put these same people before herself.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Visitation in the Holden, Dunn, and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock Street, Westwood on Saturday morning, March 5 from 9-11 a.m. Following the visitation there, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. in St. Denis Church, 157 Washington Street, Westwood. Interment at New Westwood Cemetery.