A Memorial for Claire

A memorial service and celebration of Claire’s life will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 1st, at Oval Lounge, 5 Stuyvesant Oval, Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan (see Map). You may call Melissa Dymock at 646-491-1390 for more information. Please visit the page below for updates and to share stories, memories and photos in the Comments section:


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A very sad update.

It breaks our hearts to write that Claire Missanelli passed away on Thursday morning, March 31, 2011, surrounded by her loving family and friends in Manhattan.  Claire had been battling breast cancer courageously since 2003.  The recent and sudden change took us all by surprise.  Her family and friends marveled at her liveliness, optimism, and the fact that she always wore her beautiful, brilliant smile.

Claire was born and raised in Bristol Borough and attended La Salle University and New York University, where she studied film.  Claire worked as a producer with DevlinPix in independent documentary film and was a gifted filmmaker.  She reached global audiences of millions and touched everyone she met: not only with her heart, but with her wisdom and experience. Claire’s impact on the world has been powerful and she will be dearly missed.

Claire was preceded in death by her father, John and her sister, Mary.  She will be sadly missed by her heartbroken mother, Clara, her sister, Norma “June,” her sister, Christine and brother-in-law, Donald, her brother, Joseph and sister-in-law, Ineke, her adoring niece, Nicola, her two nephews, Martijn and Jeroen, cousins, and her many wonderful and supportive friends in Manhattan.  Though Claire was the youngest of the children, she was considered to be the heartbeat of the family.

Your loving and generous donations have been greatly appreciated and went towards treatments for Claire that unfortunately did not work in time.  The money that was not used for treatments will be donated to a breast cancer fund in her name in the near future.  The breast cancer fund is TBA.

Condolences to Claire’s family can be sent to her mother, Clara Messanella, 510 Pond Street, Bristol, PA 19007.  At her request Claire was cremated and her ashes were taken to Coney Island and spread in the ocean.  A memorial service, followed by a celebration of Claire’s life, will take place in the late afternoon on May 1st in Manhattan at a venue to be determined.  Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 17, from 1pm-4pm at her mother’s home in Bristol.  Please call Nicola @ 215-266-5875 for more information.

Thank you all for your loving support in this very difficult time.

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Hope for Claire

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Dear Friends,

My aunt, Claire Missanelli, who has been battling Stage IV breast cancer for 8 years, has recently become terminally ill and is in serious need of treatment. The situation is life-and-death – now is the time to act. Claire’s doctors have explained that she only has 4 months to live unless she gets a particular form of treatment. This news has devastated her family and friends, but it has also united us in the fight for her life. The treatment Claire needs is highly effective in cases like hers; unfortunately, it is also extremely expensive, not covered under any insurance or other form of health care, and requires her to attend a very specialized clinic.

Claire’s family and friends are not giving up. We are going to do everything to get Claire the treatment she needs. Her life is priceless.

I am reaching out to you for a donation to my aunt Claire’s cause to help save her life. All contributions are significant and all will be sincerely appreciated. Please visit our donation site here. If you prefer to donate through PayPal, please select the “gift” option under the “Personal” tab when sending your contribution to avoid servicing fees.

Please share this message and website with as many of your friends and family as possible. Thank you so much for your donation, your compassion and understanding.

In deepest gratitude,

Nicola Molinaro


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