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Clara Eloise (Larson) Rachlen

Clara Eloise (Larson) Rachlen
  • December 23, 1931 - September 7, 2018
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the Rachlen family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services
    300 Commercial St.
    #19
    Malden, MA 02148

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“Clara was one of the best cooks I have ever met. I worked with her at the Tuell Nursing Home for seven years before her retirement. I learned alot...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Brenda Constantino - Melrose, MA

“What a terrific Aunt! I'd say she was one of a kind, but my mother, Ruth, and my Aunt Em were alike in a lot of ways. Everyone says I look like Clara...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Linda MacArthur Miele - WINDHAM, ME

“So sorry about clara passing i live in the steele house i loved her cooking and her personality she will be missed ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Kathy Graham - Melrose, MA

“I rember Clara when we lived in Roxbury she was alway's talking about how much she loved Jonny Ray the singer . ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Isabel Murphy - Dorchester, MA

“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 »
5 of 5 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Clara Eloise (Larson) Rachlen, age 86, passed peacefully in her sleep on September 7, 2018. She was born in Cambridge on December 23, 1931 to the late Martin and Emily (Donnelly) Larson. Clara was raised in Roxbury and Randolph, lived in Malden for many years and in Melrose since 1994. She worked for many years until her retirement as a cook with the Tuell Nursing Home in Melrose. Clara had a passion for cooking, was a gourmet cook & baker and had a great sense of humor. But above all she cherished the times spent with her children and grandchildren. Clara was the beloved mother of Wayne Rachlen & his wife Dana of Houston, Texas, Keith Rachlen & his partner Gina Capizzi of Lynn and Debra Rachlen of Medford. Cherished grandmother of Keith Ruehrwein and Marrie Rachlen. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her siblings, Winnefred (Morton) Swan, Ernest Morton, George Larson, Ruth (Larson) MacArthur, and Emily (Larson) Kelly. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 2:00-4:00PM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral services & burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Clara's name to Mystic Valley Elder Services,
300 Commercial Street, #19, Malden, MA 02148.