Patricia A. Leclaire, 88, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022, at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Moreau, New York, following a long illness.
Born on Oct. 27, 1933, in Rutland, Vermont, she was the daughter of Stephen and Rose (Greenwood) Guardyak. On July 11, 1952, she married Lucien Leclaire and was happily married for 65 years until his passing in 2018.
Affectionately known to most as “Pat,” her greatest joy in life was caring for her family in every way imaginable. She tirelessly prepared large family meals on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas well into her elder years.
She was famous to all of her family for her spaghetti and meatballs made from a recipe that is yet to be duplicated, as well as her delicious Easter bread. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren all knew they would leave “Gramma’s” or “Big Mimi’s” house with a hug, kiss and a pocket full of lollipops. Mom will be close to all of our hearts this Easter Sunday.
She enjoyed going to yard sales, selling Adirondack lawn furniture with Dad and was especially gifted at bringing houseplants back to life. Her memories of all of her life remained vivid throughout the years, and she could converse for hours on end at the kitchen table over a cup of coffee or a soda. All who met her loved her.
Pat served as the Dresden town clerk/tax collector for more than 20 years and proudly issued many of the young men and women in town their first hunting and fishing licenses. She was one of the original members of the Dresden Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Women’s Home Bureau.
In addition to her parents and husband, Pat was predeceased by her sister Evelyn Cirino, her brother Richard Guardyak, her beloved son Christopher and her son-in-law Alan Combs.
She is survived by her children Richard and fiancé Sharon West of Dresden, New York; Marie (Alan) Combs of Whitehall, New York; Lucien and Marilou Leclaire of Dresden; Elizabeth and Wayne Barrett of Dresden; and Paul and Candy Leclaire of Whitehall. She also is survived by her grandchildren Jessica (Frank) Ingerson of Whitehall; Christopher (Sara) Leclaire of Ballston Lake, New York; Rosemary (Christopher) Gordon of Dresden; Rachael (Peter) Charron of Glens Falls, New York; Sarah Leclaire and partner Nicholas Mathieu of Benson, Vermont; Shae Varmette and partner Wendy Wojtaszek of Albany, New York; Carli (Caleb) Armstrong of Queensbury, New York; Stephanie Combs and partner Nick Thorne of Wellesbourne, England; Stephen (Stormy May) Combs of Whitehall; Ashleigh (Josh) Maring of Ticonderoga, New York; Katie Barrett and fiancé Jessie Bradish of Norwood, New York; Amber Leclaire of Castleton, Vermont; and Sgt. Paul Leclaire Jr. of Fort Drum, New York, along with 19 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include sister-in-law Jean (Scott Sr.) Huntington of Queensbury, brother-in-law Robert Ayers and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday evening, April 13, between 4 and 6 p.m. at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St. in Whitehall. A funeral liturgy will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home under the direction of Father Zachariah Chichester of the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be conducted later in the spring at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made in Pat’s name to the Dresden Fire Department or the Tunnels to Towers Foundation. Online condolences may be made at jillsonfuneralhome.com.