Claire S. Sawyer, 76, of Danville, PA passed
away after a brief illness on Monday, July 1, 2019 at Geisinger in Danville
PA. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on September 13, 1942, the daughter of
the late Clarence and Juliana Fine.
She graduated from Plymouth High School in
Plymouth, PA. Her other education included attendance at Misericordia
University in Dallas, PA, and an Associate In Nursing from Luzerne County
She is survived by her devoted husband of
almost 15 years, Richard E. Sawyer. They were married on August 14, 2004.
She was preceded in death by her second husband Raymond Lygan and is
survived by her first husband, Jack Hardie.
Claire was employed as a staff nurse in home
care, ambulatory surgery and endoscopy while living in Florida. She moved
to Danville in 2000 and worked at Danville State Hospital, from which she
retired in 2004.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist
Church in Danville, the Alumni Association of Luzerne County Community
Claire enjoyed travel, times with her children
and grandchildren, and the 200-year-old house on the New Hampshire farm of
which her husband was a part owner. She was interested in national political
events and election activities, and entertained herself with electronic
In addition to her husband, she is survived by
her son Robert J. Hardie (Pam); daughter Juliana Hardie; stepsons Charles S.
Sawyer (Dianne), Douglas R. Sawyer; stepdaughter Carol S. Sawyer;
grandchildren Caitlin Hardie Emas (Dan), Grayson Hardie, Kaia James, Joshua
James, Jacob James, Kristen Sawyer Bastide (Paul), Kimberly Sawyer Becker
(Adam), Brittany Sawyer Ballein (Ryan), Spencer Sawyer, Marquea Sawyer,
Jennifer Sawyer, Laura Sawyer, and Jonathan Coffin; great-grandchildren
Judah Emas and Luke Emas; and her sister Veronica Everett and brother James
She is also survived by several nieces and
In addition to her second husband, she was
preceded in death by her parents and sisters Catherine and Helen, and her
infant son William Hardie.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a
Celebration of Claire’s Life on August 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity
United Methodist Church, 306 Lombard Avenue, Danville, with Pastor David
Layser officiating. Friends will be received from 10:00 am at the church and
are invited to stay for lunch at the church following the service. Burial
will be at the convenience of the family in the memorial garden at Trinity
UMC. The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to
the church, to the Humane Society of the United States 1255 23rd
Street NW Suite 450 Washington DC 20037 or online at www.humanesociety.org
or to the World Wildlife Federation 1250 24th Street NW
Washington DC 20037 or online at www.worldwildlife.org.
Arrangements are under the direction of the
Visneski Funeral Home 42 W Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.