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Claire Guise

November 21, 1938 – January 23, 2015

Claire Guise, age 76, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 23, 2015.

Claire was born in East Orange, New Jersey on November 21, 1938, and was a daughter of the late James K. Howell and Phyllis Staples Howell. She made her career as a home health care coordinator and retired after 30 years of dedicated service.

An avid music lover, Claire was an exceptional tuba player and was a member of the Clarion Brass Quintet and the Diamond State Concert Band. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed relaxing with a good book whenever possible. A loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, she was happiest in the company of her beloved family and will be dearly missed by all.

Claire is survived by her husband of 57 years, William E. Guise; sons, William E. Guise, Jr. (Julianne) of Bolingbrook, IL and James P. Guise (Lynn) of Middletown, DE; sisters, Ann Ross of Morris Plains, NJ and Jane Robinson of Central City, KY; 4 grandchildren, Andrew, Robert, Jacob and Samuel; and 2 great grandchildren, Jackson and Bennett.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday morning, February 7, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore, 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle, DE 19720 or Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Newark, DE 19713.

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  1. Jasmine Willis, January 29, 2015

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know your loved one personally, but I do know the pain of losing a loved one in death. It is my hope that you may find comfort from family and friends, and from “the God of all comfort” who can provide us with peace during such difficult times. – 2 Corinthians 1:3

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  2. Larry C Hirsch, January 31, 2015

    Mike sorry to hear about your Mom….lost mine in 2010.
    give everyony my condolances….

    larry

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  3. Edward Beck, February 3, 2015

    Dear Jim,
    My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother.
    I pray that you and your family can be of comfort to each other in this difficult time. When life happens and I’m forced to think about life without my mom in this world my heart aches for her presence. But that pain fades away in a day or two until the next life-episode. I’m sure you are now feeling the same pain and ten-fold worse. God bless you and love your boys. Take some joy in witnessing their love for their mother like you loved yours.
    Ed

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  4. Joanne Hartline, February 3, 2015

    Clare was an exceptional person. I don’t think I ever saw Claire without a smile. We often discussed books we were reading. In fact, it was Claire who introduced me to the Kindle.
    I will miss her.

    Joanne Hartline

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  5. Tom Hartline, February 3, 2015

    I played in the Clarion Brass and Diamond State Concert Band with Claire since the 1990’s. We will miss her energy and that beautiful tuba sound. RIP Claire

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  6. Steven Morris, February 5, 2015

    Mike, Mike Jr. and Jamie —

    So sorry to hear of Clair’s passing. I learned through my Dad today. Mr. Guise (Clair) had such a great impact on my life. Her smile was ever-present and shown through her amazing spirit. Sandra and I were reminiscing about her unforgettable palm readings. You all were among the best neighbors I could have asked for growing up. For that, for Clair, for our time together, I’m grateful.

    As you may or may not know, I’ve been living in San Diego for the past 20 years and rarely make it back to Delaware, but my thoughts are with you.

    Please feel free to keep in touch through email or my mobile number: 619-540-1263.

    Peace and blessings to you all — Steve

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  7. Rocco Biscieglia, February 7, 2015

    Jim,

    My condolences to you and your family for your loss. I remember when I lost my mother in 2006 and it is heartbreaking. I am always here for you if you want to talk.

    Rocco

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