Claudette Shelton

Claudette Theresa "Candy" Shelton

Wednesday, September 30th, 1942 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Claudette “Candy” Theresa Shelton passed away quietly at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse on April 23, 2020. She is predeceased by her husband Larry and infant child Jamie and survived by her daughter Robin, son Harry, son-in-law Paul and granddaughters Alexis and Morgan.

Claudette was born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec Canada and at the age of 2 immigrated to the United States with her father Raymond and mother Irene (Robichaud) Lessard. When she turned 18 she became a naturalized citizen of the United States and spoke both English and French Canadian fluently her whole life. She was always very proud of both her French Canadian heritage and her United States citizenship.

Claudette was an accomplished typist and was known to wear the lettering off of most keyboards. She had a long and rewarding career as a Documentation Production Specialist, working on government contracts for General Electric (later Lockheed-Martin) and finished her career as a Corporate Stock Plan Administrator for a dot-com (PSINet) in the nineties. She retired from full-time work in 2005 and spent the majority of her time relaxing in Virginia with her daughter and son-in-law. In 2009 she shifted her time back to Upstate New York, living the easy relaxing life on Lake Ontario in Henderson, NY.

Throughout her life Claudette loved to travel and she was always up for adventure. She had many such adventures accompanying her husband to Rimouski Canada while he dove on the wreck of the Empress of Ireland. She also spent time in Hawaii, Utah, Arizona and her favorite destination, Disney World in Florida. Claudette also traveled internationally, visiting Mexico, England, France, Italy, and her country of birth Canada where she spent a great many trips visiting family and friends.

When she wasn’t traveling, Claudette enjoyed many hobbies. She was very creative and loved doing ceramics, water colors, needle-point, home decorating and photography. In her later years she became very fond of murder mystery audio books, trivia, and jigsaw puzzles.

Claudette always had a warm spot for animals and throughout her life had many pets, mostly dogs and a few cats. After she retired to the house on the lake, she became involved with German Shepherd rescues and saved two of her most beloved companions, Reagan and Sargent, both of whom predeceased her. They were constant companions and have now been reunited to continue their adventures in heaven.

Claudette lived a full and happy life. She enjoyed her family, her friends and her animals. She left this world as she lived in it, on her own terms. She was loved dearly and will be missed immensely. May she rest in eternal peace.

A private family service will be held on Thursday April 30 at Dreier-Giltner Funeral home, after which Claudette will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Riverside cemetery in Rochester, New York.
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    Riverside Cemetery
    2650 Lake Ave.
    Rochester, NY 14612
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Kathy Dattler

Posted at 10:30am
Candy was such a giving, loving, and beautiful woman inside and out. We always admired her creativity and spirit. Her dedication to family and pets was heartwarming. Candy's generosity and concern for others with never be forgotten. She thought nothing of dropping everything she was doing to lend others a helping hand. Sending love and prayers. Jim and Kathy Dattler

Lisa and Scott Davis

Posted at 08:09pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Blessings
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Debbie Bruckart

Posted at 10:07am
I remember spending family visits with Aunt Candy. My parents Ralph and Rosemarie played cards with them and us kids played together. I treasure those memories. RIP AUNT CANDY

Trish and Tony

Posted at 04:16pm
Candy , you will be missed but never forgotten

We are so blessed to have met you, and shared time with you.
Your timing for sending cards and sharing time helping with our pets was so appreciated.
Christmas our cat will seek you out to give you some love.
Thoughts and Prayers are with you always as you transition to your next path. Thank you for your kindness and warm spirit.

Tony, Trish, and Jeter.

Paul Ferretti Posted at 07:23pm

Thank you Tony and Trish (and Jeter). She always enjoyed helping with the pets.

Juana Cruz

Posted at 01:46pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (John 5:28, 29; Romans 15:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17).

Paul Ferretti Posted at 03:38pm

Thank you for your kind thoughts and words.

Laureen Tackman Posted at 03:48pm

Myself, my sister Cherie, Bob Bauer, Sandy Bauer and Joyce Bauer Harrington and TG McMullen we’re so sad to hear your dear Mom had passed away. Please except our deepest sympathy. It is so very hard to lose a parent. Cherie and I were just in Rochester last summer after so many years apart. We had taken TG up to visit as he is working on our family history. Joyce said she had run into your mom on several occasions at the cemetery in years past. I don’t know if you would be interested in getting in contact with me or us but if you would like to, my cell number is 315-345-4451 and Cherie and I both live in Cleveland. Your cousin Laureen

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