Claire Eileen (Curran) Owen, of Rogers Park, Chicago, born on June 30, 1951 in Quincy, Massachusetts, to the late Marjorie and Paul Curran, passed away at age 67 on August 13, 2018 in Fontana, Wisconsin.
Claire was the devoted wife of Brian C. Owen for 43 years and superhero mom of son, Barry Owen (wife Emily) and daughter, Elizabeth Smith (husband Patrick). Claire was the loving big sister of brothers Ken Curran, Jon Curran, and Kevin Curran; and sister, Kathy Curran; and was a doting grandmother of Owen Smith, Emma Smith, Elliot Smith, and Brian S. Owen.
When Claire was very young her family moved from Braintree, MA to Redlands, CA where they lived until moving her senior year of high school to Renton, WA, a Seattle suburb. Claire was an accomplished tennis player and won the Washington State high school mixed doubles championship. Claire and her husband met while they were reporters for the Quad-City Times newspaper in Davenport, IA. Claire later received a nursing degree.
Claire started working with the Les Turner ALS Foundation in 1989, where she was the Director of Patient Services, developing many of the educational and support service programs for Lou Gehrig?s disease patients and families that are in use today. After 25 years with the Foundation, Claire retired in 2014. After retirement, when she wasn't spoiling her grandchildren, she continued to serve others by volunteering at the St. Ignatius Parish Food Pantry and the Walworth County Food Pantry in Wisconsin.
Donations in Claire's name to the St. Ignatius Parish Food Pantry, 6559 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626, and Les Turner ALS Foundation, http://lesturnerals.org; are welcome and appreciated.
Friends and family are welcome to attend the visitation on Tuesday, August 21 from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief memorial service at 6:30 p.m., at John E. Maloney Funeral Home, 1359 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60660.
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