Claire (Shufelt) Kennedy, a resident of Needham for 55 years, passed to the Greater life February 26, 2010 at her home in North Hill Needham. Claire was 96 years old. Beloved wife of Dr. Stephen J. Kennedy for 53 years she was mother to Stephen Charles Kennedy and James Lehr Kennedy. Claire taught 6th grade at the Carter School in Needham for 15 years where she touched many lives. Both Claire and Stephen were active members of the Carter Memorial Methodist Church in Needham. Claire was known for her love of flowers, her gentle kindness and always looking for the best in others. Her mind was strong to the last and she handled the infirmities of old age with a quiet dignity. She is survived by her sons James Lehr Kennedy, Stephen Charles Kennedy, daughter-in-law Betsy T. Kennedy, grandson Stephen A. Kennedy and his wife Heather Kennedy, granddaughter Nancy B. Kennedy, and great granddaughter Jamie Lynn Kennedy. The memorial service will be held Friday May 28th at 2:00pm at the Carter Memorial Church in Needham. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd 2042 Beacon St Newton Massachusetts 02468-1431.
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