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Claire G. Blackwelder, 84, of Carlisle, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2010, in the Carlisle Regional Medical Center. She was born on Wednesday, November 18, 1925, in Woonsocket, RI, a daughter of the late Joseph L. and Florence (Leroux) Gadoury and the widow of Master Chief Petty Officer, Doyt A. Blackwelder, USN, who died July 18, 1997.

Claire retired after 15 years of service with the New Cumberland Army Depot, where she was a Quality Assurance Specialist. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carlisle and the Fleet Reserve Assoc. Ladies Auxiliary. Claire enjoyed being a homemaker, cooking, playing Nintendo, card games and the special times with her family.

She is survived by four daughters; Patricia A. Zacek of Columbus, OH, Nancy M. King of Middletown, Judith A. Bitner (and her husband, John Gula) of Camp Hill and Joanne E. (and her husband, Troy) Fritz of Chambersburg, her best friend and companion, Rexford Ganster of Carlisle, two sisters; Stella Provost of Woonsocket and Rita Marceau of Hartford, CT, six grandchildren; Hope Zacek, Dominick Zacek, William King, Matthew (and his wife, Amanda) Bitner, Sara Fritz and Kate Fritz, a great-granddaughter, Madison Bitner and several nieces, nephews and in-laws. Claire was preceded in death by three brothers; Gerald, Maurice and Lionel Gadoury and one sister, Florence Gadoury.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Patrick Shrine Church, Carlisle, with Rev. William C. Forrey as the celebrant. Claire will be buried with her late husband in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 152 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle, PA 17013.

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Judi and Family,  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
Janet Hoffheins
Judy, Matthew,and Family,

We are thinking of you all during this very difficult time. We remember your mother with fondness. May God Bless you all.

 Love, Butch, and Marcy Bitner and Family

My prayers are with you and your family.

 Hettie Holmes-Carter

Your mother was such a delight whenever she came to the Dunham Health Clinic for medications. She never passed by without seeking me out. I loved chatting to her about life. She had a wonderful smile and always a twinkle in her eyes....I will really miss you. God Bless

Karen Saporito, Dunham US Army Health Clinic

Aunt Claire was always so much fun to be with.  I loved "hanging out" with her, at the family reunions.  She kept me laughing.  I really enjoyed her and Uncle Doyt anytime I got to spend time with them.  Both were so interesting to talk with and spend time.  I spent many a hours around the old table at grandma's with them.  I miss both and am so sorry over your loss.  I know how hard it is to lose both parents.  Life is never the same.

Dawn Wright and family


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Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Inc.
Since 1853
630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone:  (717) 243-2421
"Five Generations of Service"
Steven A. Ewing, FD, Supervisor, Owner
William M. Ewing, FD
(1926 ~ 2009)
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(1926 ~ 2009)
Jessie Morrison Ewing, FD
(1892 ~ 1988)
William J. Ewing, FD
(1898 ~ 1934)
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(1866 ~ 1924)
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(1831 ~ 1903)

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