Claire Forbes Meany of Goshen, N.Y., dies at age 98


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Claire Forbes Meany, a longtime resident of Goshen, N.Y., passed away on May 5, 2018 , at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 98.

Daughter of Robert Belmont Forbes and Claire Fraser Forbes, she was born on Oct. 31, 1919, in Orange, N.J. At an early age she moved with her parents to Bloomingburg, N.Y. She graduated from Middletown High School, Class of 1936.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Edward F. Meany.

Her early career included acting as Executive Secretary to Orange County Assistant Attorney, General Martin Rosenblum. Following her love of country, she applied in the first group of women to serve in the newly created W.A.V.E.S. She was commissioned as a yeoman and served from 1943 until the end of World War II. She was stationed at the Key West, Florida U.S. Naval Station.

Following her military career service, she returned to Middletown, N.Y. She married Edward F. Meany at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Middletown, on June 5, 1948.

The remainder of her life was devoted to family and community. She was a 30-year volunteer in St. James Church Altar Guild. She enjoyed traveling the world with her husband and family.

Survivors include her son, E. Brian Meany and wife, MaryBeth of Goshen; daughter, Judith A. Meany and husband, John Protopappas, of Waterford, Va.: seven grandchildren, Alison Kendrick and husband, Scott, Lauren McCabe and husband, Tom, Lt. USN Mary Rose Kingston and husband, Captain USMC Peter, Edward C. Meany Sr. Airman USAF, Christina Alexander and husband, Robert, Peter Protopappas and wife, Jessica, and Stephanie Tatum and husband, Anthony; and great-grandchildren, Kinsley Kendrick, Seamus McCabe, Caroline Alexander, and Matthew Alexander.

There was a private visitation for immediate family only. A memorial service was held May 8 at St. James Episcopal Church in Goshen, with burial following in Slate Hill Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial donations may be made to St. James Episcopal Church or St Jude's Children's Hospital.

Arrangements are under the care of the Donovan Funeral Home, Goshen.



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