Claire Louise O'Shea

May 26, 1930 - Sep 25, 2022

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Road
Dixon,, CA, 95620


Claire Louise O’Shea
May 26, 1930 – September 25, 2022

Claire Louise O’Shea, also known as “Nana” to her many grandchildren, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2022 in Sacramento, CA, at the age of 92, after living a long and fulfilling life.

She was born and raised in New York during the 30’, 40’s and 50’s, at a time when she had to be strong and demand her place within society. And that she did. She was an absolute force of nature.

She moved to California in 1953 and brought that Brooklyn style grit with her while raising seven children and being an always fashionable woman of conviction. Claire was fierce, classy, bold, spoke her mind, loved deeply and was loved deeply by so many. Her love and connection to God is one we’ll cherish forever.
Claire lived an incredible and full life working as a Real Estate Agent into her 70’s. She enjoyed living in the country and visiting the ocean. She was not one to miss a movie date, family function or her Red Hat Society events. She was also, very likely, Frank Sinatra’s #1 fan.

Her pride and joy was her rescued dog “Happy”, whom she’d proudly walk multiple times a day around her neighborhood, making lifelong friendships with her neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred O’Shea, daughter Christine Lenford, brother Kevin DeLancey, parents John and Catherine DeLancey, as well as her cherished pets, her Cat “Chicken” and her Dog “Willie.”
She is survived by her sons Michael (Wendy) Lenford, James (D’Anne) Lenford, and David Garcelon, daughters Kathy (Hicks), Susan (David) Diller and Kimberly (Scott) Bradley; as well as 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.


  • Adela Cardenas says:

    I was so sad to learn that Claire, my good friend, walking partner and neighbor passed away. We became good friends over the years and took our daily walks together up and down our country road. She was a delight to listen to telling me stories about growing up in New York. We shared stories about our lives, families, and the many experiences we had in our careers as working women . I will surely miss my friend.

  • Charles Allmaras says:

    Dear Claire, Oh sweet lady you are free from the pain and resting in the peace of our lord.

    Over the many years your friendship grew very deep with Tammy and I which enriched our lives.
    Now you are with her and I’m content in the blessings we shared.
    Thank you for you; outstanding person, incredible tenacity; let your legacy live on in the light.

    My deepest sympathies to the extended family.
    God bless you all.

    Charles Allmaras

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