Age 27. Passed away peacefully in her sleep in St. Paul on July 8, 2020. Survived by husband, Michael; parents, Molly and Daniel; sister, Cathryn; grandparents, Mary and Richard Schmitz, Patricia Kelly; parents-in-law, Michelle and Joe; siblings-in-law, Patrick, Katie (Josh) Logan; grandparents-in-law, Helen and Gene Piche, and Cathy Jansen; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Preceded in death by grandpa, Jack Kelly; grandpa-in-law, Jerry Jansen. Claire was born and raised in St. Paul. She attended grade school at IHM St. Luke’s Catholic School and was a member of the parish. Claire was a graduate of the Cretin-Derham Hall High School class of 2010 where she competed on the swim team and played the saxophone in band. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education. She became a child care teacher and worked at different centers in the Twin Cities, including the preschool at Saint Thomas More. She was very passionate about early childhood education. She married Michael Jansen at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church on August 23, 2019. They made a home together in downtown St. Paul. Claire struggled with anxiety, depression, and alcoholism. She was a warrior. She was loved fiercely by so many and she will be deeply missed. Socially distant visitation at 10AM followed by funeral service at 11AM, Wednesday, July 15 at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave St. Paul, MN 55105. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital or National Alliance on Mental Illness to honor Claire’s passion for kids and her own battle with mental health. The visitation, or receiving line, will be held outside of Saint Thomas More in the Mary Garden at 10AM. The garden is located on the east side of the church. Please park in the back lot and enter through the ramp entrance. Everyone is welcome to the visitation before the funeral. Please wear a facemask and maintain safe social distancing. Attendance for the funeral service is limited due to COVID-19. To insure proper social distancing, there will be two locations to participate and view the service. One location is in the church. The other will be the school auditorium next to the church where the service will be live-streamed. We ask that you please sign up to attend either service location here and indicate which location you would like to be in. Close family and friends inside the church only, please. Please wear a facemask and maintain safe social distancing. Please park in the back lot and enter the church through the ramp entrance on the east side of the church - all other doors will be locked. If you are attending the service in the auditorium, please park in the back lot and enter the school through the north side doors. If you are unable to attend the funeral, you can live stream the service on Facebook here or on the Saint Thomas More website here.
For more immediate updates on service plans as well as a PDF download of the service pamphlet, please go to Molly’s CaringBridge website.