Remembrance ~ Claire Cirigliano
On March 17, 2021 Claire Cirigliano passed away suddenly at age 82.
Claire Mirsky was born in, Bronx, NY on November 18, 1938. She is the daughter of Ann Gerber and Sydney Mirsky. Upon graduating Christopher Columbus High School (CCHS), she married Renato (Ray) Valente at age 18. As a later divorced, single parent, Claire was forced to find employment then somehow raise two children with the assistance of her then young cousin Arleen. Without any skills she decided to become a beautician, and worked hard to perfect her skills and attain her license.
Often working 60 hours per week, while raising two children, Claire regularly had lines of people waiting for her while other hair stylist’s seats were empty. For 22 years, she made her clients look and feel pretty and they were willing to wait longer just to sit in her chair.
She was the proverbial protective mother bear who would do anything for her children. Even though her work schedule was hectic, she always managed to attend parent-teacher conferences, award ceremonies, school plays and even fly across the country.
After moving from the Bronx to Yonkers, Claire interviewed for her dream job at the law firm of Griffin, Letsen, Coogan, and Veneruso, P.C. located in Bronxville, New York. It is here that she spent the next 32 years being the face of the firm. No one that passed through the doors was a stranger. Claire greeted everyone with a smile, and sometimes a big hug, because that’s who she was. All her co-workers were her family and she exhibited that bond by never failing to lend an ear, offer her help/advice and made even the most difficult of work day’s fun with her endless stories. She will be profoundly missed by all of them.
Her friend Phyllis writes: ”Claire was a classy lady with a heart gold, she loved life; the bon vivant bell of the ball. Claire had it all. It was the way she carried herself and interacted with people that set her apart.
She was the face, heart and soul of the law firm, always there to help, lend an ear, teach, comfort or advise anyone who needed it. She gave freely of herself without question. She’d make you laugh when you needed a laugh and cry with you when you needed to cry. Claire was dependable, reliable, empathetic, loving and kind, supportive, warm, engaging, introspective and generous to a fault.
Her desk draws were armed with all of life’s necessities or comforts for every occasion and incident: makeup, perfume, nail polish, aspirin, band aides, dental floss, and sewing kit for the dropped hem or tear. Her desk, like her persona, accommodated every aspect of daily life. She loved her job and she loved people. Anyone who stepped into the GLCV reception area, she treated as though they stepped into her living room. There was no doubt they felt welcomed and at home when they stepped through the doors and she took them under her wing. And they loved her back. Her desk was always graced with flowers or goodies from clients showing their appreciation for her care and attention.
Claire also worked part-time as Executive Assistant at the Generoso Pope Foundation, Tuckahoe, New York.
Her granddaughter Dana was her pride and joy and the light of her life. According to Dana, “she was always so supportive of everything I ever did. While she was 82, she had the youthful spirit, energy level, and health of someone 25 years younger – I think many of her acquaintances will be shocked to learn her age! I’ve always admired her positive energy and friendliness toward everyone she would meet. She was always diligent about her health and cleanliness and had no pre-existing health conditions. Her passing comes as a shock to our family and I will miss her so much.”
Claire left behind a lifetime of love she generously shared with all who knew her. She had a unique way of remembering the smallest details of everyone’s life and showed a deep caring for their concerns. This trait was ever present even under the most difficult circumstances.
She will be remembered as energetic, charismatic, smart, intuitive, classy, kind, generous, vibrant, witty, and gracious and a heart filled with love.
She was preceded in death by her parents Anna Gerber and Sydney Mirsky and her former husband Renato (Ray) Valente.
She is survived by her partner Ronald, her daughter Lorraine, her granddaughter Dana, son Raymond and his daughters Alana and Sarah, her older brother Bernard, cousin Arleen, her husband David, Arleen’s daughter Alli and her husband Michael, her many friends and colleagues, and her rescue cat Lila.
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Celebration of life services remembering Claire are pending at this time yet family and close friends will be notified of plans once they are finalized.
In lieu of sending flowers, please consider donating to her favorite charity, Freya’s Cat Rescue at http://www.freyascatrescue.org and /or planting a tree in her memory.