Claire Jean

Claire Claudette Jean (Chenard)

Saturday, March 22nd, 1947 - Saturday, November 7th, 2020
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Claire C Jean, 73, passed away from glioblastoma on November 7, 2020 while surrounded by her family. Claire was born on March 22, 1947 to Robert L. Chenard and Claudine (Dubuque) Chenard. She was educated in Biddeford, York, and Kennebunk schools, and she was a 1965 graduate of Kennebunk High School. After high school, Claire worked as a keypunch operator at West Point Pepperell. She married Raymond Jean on a hot and humid day, September 4, 1971, at St. Mary’s Church in Biddeford. They had two children. While raising their daughters, Claire babysat some of the neighborhood children. When her children were older, she became an Educational Technician at St. Andre’s School in Biddeford and then Biddeford Primary School until her retirement.
As a child, Claire developed a love for animals. She often talked joyfully about the cats, dogs, cows, and pigs she had while growing up. Her love for animals was lifelong. She had several cats and a couple of guinea pigs while raising her own children. Once her children became parents, Claire would happily pet sit her granddaughters’ fish, cats, and guinea pig. Claire also sponsored a cat cage at the Animal Welfare Society for many years.
Claire’s favorite hobbies were baking and scrapbooking. Everyone loved her cookies, cakes, and especially her homemade whoopie pies. Claire enjoyed documenting her family history through her scrapbooks, and her family will always treasure these family heirlooms she created.
Claire’s family meant the world to her as she did to them. She was a loving wife and a nurturing mother and grandmother. Every summer, she had a list of outings she wanted to experience with her family: amusement parks, water parks, the beach, a theatre performance, the trolley museum, ice cream, and she even sat through all 9 innings of a Sea Dogs game every summer just to enjoy time with her family. She wrote to her granddaughters twice a month and included stickers and a little spending money with each card.
Preceding Claire in death were her parents, twin baby brothers, Henry and Louis, and her stepmother, Leona Fulton.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Raymond Jean of Arundel, two daughters, Janet Parker of Brunswick and Patty Ekster and her husband Mike of Gray, two granddaughters, Kate Parker and Emily Ekster, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, stepsisters, stepbrothers, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Claire’s family would like to thank her nurses and therapists at New England Rehab and Kindred Home Care for helping her maintain her level of functioning and quality of life, as well as Compassus Home Hospice for helping to keep her comfortable and maintain dignity during her final weeks. Claire’s family would also like to thank family and friends who sent cards, flowers, prayers, brought meals and sweet snacks, and who helped to keep Claire at home during her illness.
Visiting hours will be on Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk. Please follow COVID guidelines of masks and distancing. A funeral Mass and burial will be private. A Celebration of Life for Claire will take place at a later date when it is safe to gather again.
To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Claire’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    St. Joseph's Cemetery - Biddeford
    120 West Street / P.O. Box 391
    BIDDEFORD, ME 04005
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A funeral Mass and burial will be private.


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Paula Fontaine

Posted at 02:29pm
Sending my deepest condolences to Claire's family. I worked with Claire at Biddeford Primary School. She was such a sweet lady, always had a smile and always willing to help in any way. She had such great rapport with her students. So sorry for your loss. Take pleasure in the wonderful memories and hold them close to your hearts. Paula Fontaine

Kendrick Daggett

Posted at 10:07am
Dear Mr. Jean, Janet, and Patty,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We didn't know Mrs. Jean well, but always enjoyed talking with her when we happened to meet her and Mr. Jean. She was a lovely, gracious lady, and when she spoke of her daughters and grandchildren, it was evident how much her family meant to her. We are so sorry.
Ken Daggett
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Jocelyn Dawson

Posted at 07:09am

Sarah-Jane Poli

Posted at 07:34pm
My deepest sympathy to Claire's family. I had the pleasure of working with Claire for many years. She loved her students and they in turn loved her. She was kind, caring, and compassionate. I do not remember Claire ever complaining and she was always willing to try new techniques with her students. I also had the pleasure of knowing Claire personally. Claire was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Carolyn Southwick

Posted at 02:06pm
My condolences to Claire’s family. I worked with Claire at Biddeford Primary School. She was always a person that was so polite and always had a smile on her face. She never missed a day that she didn’t wish me a good morning. I missed that when she retired. I know all of you will miss her a great deal, and she will never leave your hearts. She’ll always be with you.
Carolyn Southwick

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