Claire Johanna Lapsis Galiette, 92, of Avon passed away on Feb. 7, 2018. Claire was born in New Britain on Sept. 5, 1925, to the late Alexander and Johanna (Samoja) Lapsis, who emigrated from Poland. Claire’s mother passed away when Claire was 8 years old. Claire was predeceased by her seven siblings, Pauline Kurpiewski, Hedwig Dabkowski, Theresa Pauls, Irene Valleriano, Genevieve (Jean) Grunwald, Alexander Lapsis Jr., and Alphonse Lapsis. She was proud of her Polish heritage. She attended the Sacred Heart School in New Britain and graduated from New Britain High School as a member of the National Honor Society in 1942. For over 71 years, Claire was the devoted and loving wife of Angelo “Bob” Galiette, who survives her. Theirs is a true “Greatest Generation” love story. They met as teenagers at a fife and drum corps meet in Plainville. Angelo turned 18 years old on Dec. 7, 1941, the day that Pearl Harbor was bombed. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and he and Claire corresponded during his long deployment in the Pacific Theater. Claire and Angelo were married on Oct. 26, 1946, at St. Mary’s Church in New Britain. Claire worked as a secretary at the Morley, Watson and Baldwin insurance agency in Hartford before she and Angelo raised three children, Claudia, Paula, and Mark, in Wethersfield and Avon, where they moved in 1959. Claire and Angelo provided their children with classic 1950s and ’60s childhoods, prioritizing strong family values, education, and fun. Claire was the business manager for the Carriage House of Avon, the hair salon and cosmetology business that Angelo founded. Their customers became their dear friends. Claire and Angelo were longstanding members of the Golf Club of Avon, where they are honored with a tee marker on the fifth hole of the Blue Course. Claire enjoyed playing in golf and bowling leagues and was proud to make a hole-in-one at the Lemon Bay Golf Club in Englewood, Fla., in 1992. She was the best Polish-born Italian cook and her lasagnas were second to none. Claire and Angelo cultivated their strong, lifelong Catholic faith. As communicants of the Church of St. Ann in Avon since 1959, they held a particular devotion to the Holy Rosary. Angelo patiently and exquisitely cared for her, especially in the last five years of her life.
Claire leaves her son, Mark Galiette and his wife, Carolyn (Wilcox) Galiette, of Avon; her daughter, Paula Galiette Albertsson of Dorset, Vt.; and her daughter, Claudia Galiette Flannery and her husband, Bernard Flannery Jr., of New Hartford. She is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. Claire was exceptionally proud of her six grandchildren, Johanna Albertsson of Culver City, Calif.; Anders Albertsson of Denver, Colo.; Ethan Galiette of New York, New York; Claire Galiette of Cleveland, Ohio; James Flannery of New Haven; and Erin Flannery Keith and her husband, Brent Keith, of Washington, D.C. She delighted in her family’s many accomplishments and was loyally present at their life milestones, large and small. Claire and Angelo’s first great-grandchild will arrive in May. Claire’s family thanks the Galiettes’ Avon neighbors, Mark and Robin McGuire and their children, for their thoughtful assistance over many years. They also thank Dr. Peter J. Deckers, Dr. Anat Bergner, Ann Marie Capo, Joanne Boucher and the nursing staff on the second floor of UConn Health Center-John Dempsey Hospital for their compassionate and attentive care.
The family will receive guests Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 11 a.m., at the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Claire’s family would be grateful for memorial donations to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3272 of Avon c/o P.O. Box 297, Avon, CT 06001; to the Avon Chapter of UNICO William Graffeo Scholarship Fund c/o P.O. Box 1442, Avon, CT 06001; or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. For condolences and directions, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com .