Claudette L. (Croteau) Kiely
  • Donations May Be Made In Claudette's Memory to:
  • Shriners Hospital
    516 Carew Street
    Springfield, MA 01104
  • or
  • Genesis House
    53 Mill Street
    Westfield, MA 01085

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“Farewell my author friend. I will miss our conversations on good storytelling. And your good heart. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Hank Nuwer and Teresa and Family - IN

“"I will miss your mother; she touched my life in so many ways" She was the most caring and loving person and will be dearly missed by many. My...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Gaye& Ray Mcgann - Dallas, TX

“I'm so sorry to hear of Claudette's passing. We spent many happy evenings in chat and visited on facebook. She was a vibrant, interesting woman. I...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Michelle Machin (volleyballgranny) - TX

“What a wonderful lady....and so very kind. I send my sincere condolences to her family and friends. I only knew her on-line but admired her insight...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Carolyn Roberts - CA

“Destiny (Claudette), you will be deeply missed. You've made a difference in so many live with your writing and blogs. Rest in Peace deal lady. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Beckie McClure - San Tan Valley, AZ

“Sorry to hear of Claudette passing, she will be missed by many and she has and is in my daily prayers. May God protect and keep her soul at peace in...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Phillip A. Croteau - Albuquerque, NM

“A wonderful lady... so kind, so sharing, so loved. God has a beautiful new angel....... Soar to your highest Destiny. Hugs to the family..... and...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Jo Anne Smith - Highland, CA

“To the family of Claudette we send our heartfelt sympathy. Though we knew her more by her online name Destiny, she was always the sweetest,...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Fran, Linda, & Ryan Boyle - NJ

“The loss of a mother is not the easiest step to take. For some this is the biggest loss of their entire life. However, having my mother in our lives...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Gerard Kiely - Chicopee, MA - Son

“I never met Claudette in person but have known her for several years. I first met her on Senior Friend Finder and later we exchanged E-Mail address....Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: David Cackler - Ankeny, IA

“I have just recently reconnected with my cousin and have enjoyed our Facebook and email exchanges. I have read 2 of the books and now need to get...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Charlene (Croteau) Jeffrey / Derrington - AZ

“Goodnight, sweet Destiny. Sleep in eternal peace. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Lyn - Chicago, IL

“Although we never meet in person, Claudette was a true friend, She encouraged me to continue to write my story, showed me kindness and support, I...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Karin Lavater-Frazier - San Diego, CA

“Destiny as we had known Claudette in our community had been a great contributor in our SFF Blogs. He was a great writer and she had suggested a lot...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Maria Lourdes Tolentino

“Claudette was a lady with class and grace. She was a bright spot in blogdom and we so enjoyed both her humor and her tact. She will be missed. Our...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Hugh and Carol Stowers - GA

“I loved having Claudette as a sister-n-law. Always had something good to say about family. Her books were awesome. During her last days, we did...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Croteau - Meridian, ID

“Memories of a kind lady...condolences to her family..... ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Chancey and Richard Knapp - NC

“Much sympathy to each of you. Destiny ( she will always be Destiny) shared many laughs, tears and advice with me via the internet, email and phone...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Iris aka Texas52 - TX - Friend

“Claudette and I have shared much laughter and tears during the years that we have been friends. Many conversations were late at night via the...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Pat and Joe Di Yorio - Lovington, IL

“We all love and miss you very much mom. you are now at peace. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Donald Kely - Chicopee, MA - Son


CHICOPEE- Claudette Louise (Croteau) Kiely, 75, died at The Holyoke Healthcare Center, on May 1, 2012 after a lengthy illness. The daughter of the late Walter and Anna (Gionet) Croteau, she was born in Keene, NH on August 23, 1936. She lived in Granby, MA for over 40 years before moving to Chicopee 10 years ago. Claudette graduated from Keene High School in 1954, attended Becker Jr. College, and earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of MA, Amherst in 1983. She was the Western Mass. Coordinator of the MA Chapter of the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation. She testified before The House of Rep. on behalf of the National Committee for Research in 1985. Claudette continued to lobby for many years to fund research, as this disease affected 4 of her children and about 100,000 other Americans. Prior to her retirement in 1993, she worked for the Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association as the Executive Director of External Affairs and was a member of Kiwanis Club. As a writer, author and poet, Claudette published 3 novels, many short-stories and articles. Her poem "Let Me Love You Through Eternity" is now a country western song, released by Gayla Earlene. She leaves her five children, John F. Kiely, Gerard F. Kiely and his wife Antoinette both of Chicopee, Jacinta M. Chase and her husband Stuart M. of Wolfeboro, NH, Donald J. Kiely and his wife Jean, and Lynn-Anne M. Kiely both of Chicopee; a brother Wayne K. Croteau and his wife Carol of Boise, Idaho. She was a grandmother "Jamma" to three, Colleen, Kelly and Jonathan. Her husband of 40 years, John B. "Jack" Kiely predeceased her in 1998; also, her brother Sidney W. Croteau, in 2010 and her sister-in-law, Margaret L. (Regan) Croteau in 1992, both of Branson, MO. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St. followed by a Celebration of her life at 10:00 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Granby. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home Monday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or Genesis House, 53 Mill St., Westfield, MA 01085.

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