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March 23, 2024


HILL, CLAIRE FRANCES, 94, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at her home at the St. Elizabeth Community, East Greenwich, Rhode Island. 


Pairing her natural talent and love of singing with her ability to teach, Claire was a vocal instructor for many years, and made many positive impressions on her students throughout her career. She was also a professional vocalist and sang for over thirty years with The King’s Quintet. 


As a young girl, Claire began singing for inmates at weekly Mass at Rhode Island’s Maximum Security Prison and performed for General Jimmy Doolittle, at his stop in Phenix Square, West Warwick, during World War II. 


Claire was the mother of Cheryl S. Prior, her husband John, of West Warwick. Grandmother of Ian D. Prior Esq. (Elsie); great grandmother of Ava and Caroline. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Claire was the former wife of the late Francis J. Stasiowski. 


Claire’s family would like to thank the entire staff of Building 15 at the Greenhouse Homes in the St. Elizabeth Community, for their wonderful care, compassion, and love they provided throughout her seven year residency. 


Claire’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Czenstochowa Church, 445 Washington Street, Coventry, RI. A receiving line will be formed thirty minutes prior to the start of Mass. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Warwick, is respectfully private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations made in Claire’s memory to HopeHealth Hospice ( or the St. Elizabeth Community “Activities Fund” (, would be appreciated.


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Mass of Christian Burial
April 6, 2024

11:00 AM
Our Lady of Czenstochowa Church
445 Washington St.
Coventry, RI 02816


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