Clara E. Fadden Coniff died Saturday, June 8, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C., after a lengthy illness.
Clara was born October 3, 1955 in Fulton, NY, the daughter of late James R. Fadden and Bernice F. Maas Fadden. She was a graduate of Hannibal Central High School, Hannibal, N.Y.; received an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Design from SUNY College at Alfred, N.Y.; a Bachelor’s Degree in Education specializing in Industrial Arts from SUNY College at Oswego, N.Y.; and a Masters of Social Work from East Carolina State University in Greensville, N.C.
Upon receiving her Masters of Social Work, Clara was employed as a clinical therapist in Sampson, Duplin, Pender, and Onslow Counties, N.C., specializing in children and families. She also worked in Crisis Counseling. Her work allowed her to take her compassion and caring for others and make a difference in their lives.
Clara is survived by three sisters and four brothers: Ellen (Albert) Zaranka of Durham, N.C.; Robert (Marilyn) Fadden of Seattle, Wash.; Peter (Irene) Fadden of Walworth, N.Y.; Charles (Karen) Fadden of Hannibal, N.Y.; Phillip (Cathy) Fadden of Rockford, Ill.; Mary (Gregory) Mayotte of East Fishkill, N.Y.; and Alice (Marta Sloper) Fadden of Homer, N.Y. Clara leaves 11 nieces and nephews and 8 grand-nieces and nephews. Clara is also survived by her stepsons John, Edward and William Coniff and a step-granddaughter, Syriana.
Clara lived her life as she wanted and exited this world into God’s arms as she wished. She was intelligent, interesting, loving of all, compassionate to those in need, and giving beyond reason.
Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 20, with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal. Contributions in Clara’s name may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego or The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Drive, Oswego, 13126.
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