CHESHIRE- Claudette K. Silberfein, 73, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 28 years, Steven Silberfein.
Claudette was born August 1, 1947 in New Haven to the late Louis and Ann (Mesuna) Kunde. She grew up in the Westville section of New Haven, attended Hillhouse High School and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Boston University followed by her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland.
Claudette’s greatest joy came from having her family together, whether that was gathering at Thanksgiving dinner followed by an excursion to a Christmas tree farm, celebrating a graduation or dance recital, or making memories during summer trips to the Jersey Shore. Even just knowing that her children and grandchildren were spending time together around the country brought Claudette great happiness. She had a deep love for animals, especially her golden retrievers and cats, that she shared with all of her children. Claudette enjoyed watching professional tennis and was a devout member of Red Sox Nation, even catching a World Series game from the Green Monster in 2018. Her fearless sense of adventure led her to rafting, hot air ballooning, parasailing, skydiving and NASCAR driving in recent years. She was endlessly curious, eager to immerse herself in new books and topics or visit a new museum.
Among many things, Claudette will most be remembered as a caregiver. Although she was a registered nurse by trade, her intrinsic nurturing qualities, compassion, and empathy allowed her to connect with people on an even deeper level. Anytime there was an opportunity to help others, she wholeheartedly rose to the occasion. Whether it was visiting friends in need, sharing knowledge or advice, lending a helping hand, or making and delivering homemade colorful soups or her famous apple pie, Claudette positively impacted everyone she touched. Her values of service, self sacrifice, love and respect for others have passed on to her loved ones who proudly continue her legacy of kindness.
Claudette is survived by her four children Cari and her husband Matthew Sobolewski of Chester Springs, PA; Eric and his wife Pamela of Manvel, TX; Adam and his wife Tracy of Seattle, WA and Devin and his wife Carol of Dana Point, CA as well as her grandchildren, Connor, Brooke, Gavin, Graham, Colin, Lucy, Benjamin, and Caleb. Claudette was predeceased by her sister Lorraine Theriault.
She was loved by all and will be dearly missed.
Visitation for Claudette will be held 9 A.M to 10:45 A.M, Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St, 06410. Claudette’s funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10:45 A.M and proceed to Trinity on the Green, 230 Temple St, New Haven, 06510 for a funeral service at 11:30 A.M. Burial will follow in Cheshire Hillside Cemetery, 166 Wallingford Rd, Cheshire, 06410. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd S #4b, Southington, CT 06489 or The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511. To view these arrangements online, share a condolence, or an online photo, please visit www.fordfh.com.