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Claire M. (Flannery) Hanson

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“I remember Claire well. Lived on Harvard St when little....she seemed to akwYs have a smile through good times and bad. She,was a nice lady. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Arleen Cieplik (Harris) - FL

“Barbara, Karen, David and Jason,I'm very sorry for your loss. Your Mom/Grandmother was a great friend and neighbor. We had great times and made...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Steve Healey - Melrose, MA

“Dear Karen, David and Barbara,I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful mother. The brief time I was fortunate enough to spend with...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Priscilla Pennacchio - Melrose, MA

“Barbara, Karen, David and JasonI am so sorry for the loss of your mother and Grandmother. She will be greatly missed. I enjoyed singing to her on...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: James Littlefield - Boston, MA

“Dear David and Family,It is always difficult to lose a loved one; cherish the memories! My sincere condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Cloutier

“My deepest sympathy to David and siblings. You took such good care of your Mother. I hope now you can stop worrying about her, she is at peace.....Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Joyce Coe - Melrose, MA

“Rest in peace my friend , you were one special lady that touched my heart. You will be missed by many . MY deepest sympathy to the Hanson family ....Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Corcoran - Everett, MA

“Our sincere condolences to the family. Nana H had a great sense of humor and always made me smile. I hope those great memories live with you forever....Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Laura Zappala - Gloucester, MA

“Dear Nonnie,Today, you are with God in his beautiful kingdom. I know you will forever be my guardian angel - always with me, always guiding me.I am...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jason Clough - Charlotte, NC

“My beautiful mother. I miss you so much already. You will always be in my heart. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Hanson - daughter

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Claire M. (Flannery) Hanson, of Melrose, died at her home on May 10, 2017 at the age of 88. Claire was born & raised in South Boston and a graduate of the Gate of Heaven High School. She resided in South Boston until 1954 and the past 63 years in Melrose. Claire was a homemaker and member of St. Mary's Church in Melrose for over 60 years. She loved bingo, going out to dinner and was very proud of her Irish & South Boston heritage. Claire enjoyed traveling with her family to Ireland, Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, Bermuda, Nova Scotia, Canada and traveling all over to United States. Claire loved her grandson Jason and her family was the most important part of her life. She was the beloved wife of the late John E. Hanson, Sr. for 45 years. Loving mother of Karen A. Hanson, David K. Hanson, both of Melrose, Barbara J. Hanson-Clough of Boston and the late John E. Hanson, Jr., & Kathleen M. Hanson. Cherished grandmother of Jason P. Clough of N. Carolina. Caring sister of Alfred Flannery & his late wife Lorraine of S. Boston and the late Elaine Eastman & her late husband Paul. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Monday, May 15th from 10:30-11:30AM, followed by a Funeral Service in the funeral home at 11:30 AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.