May 18, 1930 - December 2, 2013

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Obituaries » CLAIRE G. RIVERS

RIVERS, CLAIRE G., 83, of Montpelier, died on December 2, at Central Vermont Medical Center. She was born on May 18, 1930, in Elmsford, N.Y., the daughter of Peter and Mary (Cormier) Greisen. She attended and graduated from the Catholic education system in Elmsford. She received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell School of Nursing in 1952. Claire began her career as a registered nurse at New York City Hospital. After moving to Vermont, she worked primarily as the school nurse for East Montpelier Elementary School but was the nurse at several local elementary schools. On June 25, 1960, she married James Rivers in Elmsford, N.Y. She belonged to a number of organizations including Vermont State School Nurses Association, where she managed membership, American Field Service, where she was a liaison, St. Augustine Church and the Montpelier Food Pantry. Wherever she went, she loved talking to people. Claire enjoyed evenings out with friends, grandchildren coming to visit, welcoming people into her home, discussing politics and taking her daily trip to the Hunger Mountain Coop. Over the years, she had been involved in being a support to those in need, including teaching religious education class to people with developmental disabilities and worked as a guardian ad litem. Survivors include her husband, James Rivers, of Montpelier; two daughters, Mary Rivers, of New York City, and Carol Rivers-Ibrahim, of Houston, Tex.; two sons, Loren Rivers, of Honolulu, and Thomas Rivers, of Oakland, Calif.; six grandchildren; sister Marylou Reifsnyder, of Fairport, N.Y.; brother Peter Greisen, of Yonkers, N.Y.

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