Obituary: Claudette ‘Memere’ (Roy) Thorton

Claudette Thornton

NAUGATUCK– Mrs. Claudette ‘Memere’ (Roy) Thornton, 72, of Cherry Street, Nauagtuck passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Saint Mary’s Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was the wife and best friend of James Thornton.
Mrs. Thornton was born in Fall River,  MA on December 26, 1938, a daughter of the late Armand J. Roy, Sr. and Irene (Audet) Roy.  She was a longtime Naugatuck resident and worked at several companies as a bookkeeper and office manager.  She enjoyed cooking and trips to the casino.
Besides her husband of 56 years, she leaves, two sons, Lee J. and Michael R. Thornton; three brothers, Armand J. Roy, Jr., Glorian and Paul Roy; three sisters, Estelle Woodruff, Claire Riccardi, and Muriel Pellerin; six grandchildren, Jonathan Thornton and his wife Krystal, Heather, Michael, Sarah, and Melissa Thornton; two great-grandchildren, twins Emily and Erin Thornton; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a grandson Kevin Morine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 7 at 10:30am at St. Vincent  Ferrer Church, 1006 New Haven Road, Naugatuck.
There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local Salvation Army.  The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck is assisting the family.  To send an on-line condolence, please visit