Rene Claisse

irene-claisseRene Claisse (Norbury), formerly of The Quadrant, Marshalswick, passed away on 31st July 2012 with her beloved family around her.

A happy sales assistant for many years in Budgens supermarket and Norbury’s greengrocers.

Dearly loved mum to Joanne and mother-in-law to Grahame. Adored nanny to Lauren and Tom, and great-nanny to Tilly.

Rest in peace, our lovely Rene, you brightened the lives of many.

Rene’s funeral service took place at Bedford Crematorium, Norse Road, Bedford on Thursday 16th August 2012 at 10.45am.

Donations can be made to The Leukaemia Cancer Society, and may be sent c/o Kingfisher Independent Funeral Services, Gate Lodge, Cemetery Road, St Neots PE19 2BX. Tel (01480) 471001.


Personal Tributes

There are 6 tributes.

  1. Jane Parkinson says:

    Joanne’s mum. What lovely memories I have of her from our primary school years. I have moved to NZ but can place myself right back there in Marshalswick spending time with Joanne at the flat above the shop, in the shop and at the new house in Marshalswick Lane. As others have said, what a fun mum she was. She took us to see the Sound of Music for your birthday Joanne. We went on the train to see it I think. A small group of 10 year old girls? She told us it had a very unhappy ending in real life. I was so relieved to find out much later that it didn’t!! Long time no see Joanne. It would be nice to catch up. She was truly a fun woman and even knew me when I went to Budgens on trips home and I was rather grown up!
    Jane Parkinson x

  2. Lauren Fisk says:

    To my lovely Nanny

    Missing you every day, it’s strange to think of life without you in it.
    You were one of the most fun loving, generous and caring people I have ever known!
    You have been a fantastic Nanny to me and Tom. As children you let us play with your home instead of toys. We regularly would use your ornaments as toys and you didn’t bat an eyelid. You would just say “you can do what you like so long as you don’t break anything or hurt yourselves”!
    As a mummy myself now I can only imagine the patience you must have had!
    You have always been so encouraging and supportive of everything I have done and took such care of me when I used to stay with you in St Albans whilst working in Watford!
    I am so glad that you got to see Tilly’s first 6 months. I promise to always tell her what a wonderful lady you were! I will sing her the songs you sang and tell her your stories, but I won’t pass on the naughty habits like salt on dippy eggs and sugar in warm milk. Those I will keep just for me!!

    Love you always, give a kiss to Daisy dog for me.

    Lauren xx

  3. Gill & Colin Rickard says:

    Rest in peace Rene, we will always remember your wonderful and wicked sense of humour. We knew you for thirty plus years and in all that time we only ever saw you smile. Our two boys still remember the little ditty you sang to them as babes in arms “puss, puss has anyone seem my cat etc…” It was a pleasure to know you. Love Gill, Colin, Adam & Jamie xx

  4. Wendy Kennedy (was Green) says:

    What a lady, always smiling and joking.
    I was a close friend of Jo’s in the early days of secondary school and was lucky enough to spend some weekends on the river with them, Rene always made me feel one of the family and I loved her cubes of cheese whilst we sailed along. These are never dear memories to me and I often relay stories of those times.
    Later Rene looked after my two children – Laura and Dominic after school when I was struggling with a full time job and being a single Mum. They loved the time they spent with her.
    My heart goes out to Jo and the family, she was an amazing lady who I never saw without a smile on her face and warmth in her heart,
    Love,
    Wendy xxxx

  5. Jo Shirreffs says:

    A week ago today I lost my lovely Mum.
    When you lose someone and have a chance to reflect, so many memories come flooding back.
    You lived a lifetime in your years Mum and it made you the strong, independant person that you were.
    You were blessed with the most amazing Grandchildren and you got to meet your Great Grandaughter. So many never get to do that.
    Our memories of you will last forever and be passed on to those in our family who follow on after you, in this life.
    I will protect all that you had and pass on your words of wisdom to all that will listen.
    It was an honour and a privilege to care for you in your later years and be with you when you left us.
    A Mum in a million. Love you always.

    Jo xxxxxxxxx

  6. Alicia Thomson says:

    For Nanny Rene;

    Although I only knew you for for a relatively short time compared to most, you made an immediate and lasting impact on my life and became a second Grandmother to me. I am so pleased to have had the privilege of being welcomed into your wonderful family.

    You were truly one in a million, with a wicked sense of humour and beautifully kind nature, your little phrases and ditties will stay with us all and make us smile forever.

    You were so loved and are sorely missed by everyone.

    I’ll look after them all the best I can for you. :)

    Lots of love,

    Lis xxxxx

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