June 20th, 2018



June 30, 1940 – July 31, 2013

Burial Date


LUCCHINA, CLAIRE JUNE PADOLECCHIA, 73, a longtime resident of Barre, passed away on July 31 at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Claire was born on June 30, 1940, in Rutland, to Remo T. and Frances E. (Jones) Padolecchia. She graduated from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Grammar School in Rutland, Rutland High School, and the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing in Burlington. On Oct. 10, 1960, Claire married George G. Lucchina, M.D., Ph.D., in Rutland. Following the wedding, they lived in Pensacola, Fla., Oxnard, Calif., and Essex Junction, Vt., before relocating to Barre where she had since resided. They later divorced. Mrs. Lucchina had a long career as a registered nurse. She was employed at several hospitals, extended-care facilities, school districts and summer camps. Most recently, she worked at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Berlin. Mrs. Lucchina was known for her compassion and dedication to her patients and their families. Claire was involved in many organizations in Barre and around Vermont. While her children were young, she was an active participant in the Barre City public schools, PTA, Girl Scouts and 4-H. Claire was a member of the Vermont YWCA, Vermont Historical Society, St. Monica Parish, Catholic Daughters, NAWCC, Central Vermont Hospital Auxiliary, Philomathians, and member and two-term president of the Granite Center Garden Club. Claire enjoyed spending time with family, friends and pets, and belonged to a “Birthday Club” comprised of close friends. She also enjoyed playing cards and belonged to a local bridge club. Claire’s other interests included cooking, flower arranging, gardening, reading, sewing, stenciling, home decorating and antiques. Mrs. Lucchina is survived by her longtime companion, Howard Paxman of Barre; as well as three daughters, Laurie Lucchina, Ph.D., of Barre, Leslie Lucchina, M.D., and son-in-law Thomas MacGillivray, M.D. of Boston, Mass.,, and Sarah Lucchina, Esq., of Barre; as well as one granddaughter.

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