Spanning Three Centuries of Service

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Elaine Clavin

On May 1, 2020 Elaine Grady Clavin died peacefully at the age of 96 on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
She was born March 19, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY also on a Feast of St Joseph. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 57 years, Jim, with whom she had 14 children. She was also predeceased by her dear son, Jimmy, her sister Mary Kolbe, and her brothers, Maurice and John Grady. She is survived by her older sister Patricia Herlihy of Bricktown, New Jersey.
Elaine is survived by thirteen children and their spouses: Eileen (Darren) O’Connor, Mary (Anthony) Franzonello, Ann (Randolph) Knob, Teresa (Mario) Suarez, Virginia (John) Fenner, Thomas (Roseanne) Clavin, Jane (Pascale) Ambrosio, Joseph (Sharon) Clavin, Katherine (David) Williams, Patricia Bach, Richard (Lori) Clavin, Elizabeth (John) Havrilla and Terence (Kimberley) Clavin. She leaves behind her a legacy of 89 grandchildren, 149 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Elaine was a proud alumna of the College of New Rochelle, class of 1944, and was honored at her 50th reunion for her lifetime work. Her generosity was immeasurable. Above all, she was joyfully open to life and lovingly embraced raising her large family, which she called, “a vocation within a vocation.” Her home was open to relatives, neighbors, and even homesick college students, whom she welcomed as sons. In 1975, after the Cambodian War, she took in a refugee family to live in her home, and she loved them as her own.
Elaine and Jim raised their family in New Rochelle, NY. until 1980 when they moved upstate to Oneonta. There she began ministering to the community and her parish. She became a lector at Mass, devoted 30 years to teaching religious education, and volunteered with Meals on Wheels even into her older years.
Elaine was steadfast in the Catholic Faith, and was especially devoted to defending the intrinsic value of human life. She was passionate about her work with the pro-life movement, including rescuing at abortion clinics, and was unwavering in her trust in God and His truth. She also devoted much of her time to helping her children and she particularly enjoyed traveling to help with her newborn grandchildren, understanding well the hard work of motherhood.
Elaine was beautiful, generous, and a true servant of God and His people, lifting up others, while never complaining herself. She had a quick wit and Irish sense of humor. She loved reading, playing cards and good conversation over a cup of tea. Her dedication to the culture of life is seen in her children and grandchildren.
Because of current restrictions, the wake, Funeral Mass and burial will be private. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.
in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Human Life International (, Population Research Institute (, or Good Counsel Homes (

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