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“May the God of all comfort strengthen the entire family during this time of sorrow. Those who have died, God keeps in his memory because they are...Read More »
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“To the Black family, I extend my condolences.Jeff's mom always made me feel welcome when Jeff, Mark and I often played together at the Black home...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Harry Magee - Stevens Point, WI

“My condolences to the Black family for the loss of your mother and grandmother. I was in Nancy's class at St. Agnes and remember her fondly. She...Read More »
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“My dearest BFF (Susie), Though my physical presence will not be with you during this very difficult time, but know my heart and mind are in full...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Julia Reiser - Charleston, SC

“Jeff, my condolences on the passing of your mother. IT was interesting to read that she worked for Dr. Bateman. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Ginny Fitzwater - Charleston, WV

“Our sincere condolences . Your mother was such a lovely lady. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Tyke and Rosanne ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Rosanne and Louis Oliverio - WV

“To the Black Family, great job caring for your Mother. Sorry for her passing, she was a warrior. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Karen Fish - CharLeston, WV

Claire Black, 94, of Charleston, died October 4, 2017 at her home in Kanawha City. Born October 29, 1922 in Philadelphia PA, she was the youngest of seven and the last surviving child of John J. and Mary A. Lang Walsh.

Claire was a 51-year resident of Charleston, and formerly lived in Clarksburg, WV before the family moved to Charleston in 1966. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church where she was a faithful member of the choir. She was a talented classical pianist and taught piano to a number of Charleston area youths in the 1960's and 70's. She worked as a legal secretary for several attorneys in Clarksburg and Charleston, and ultimately retired from the WV Department of Mental Health where she worked for Dr. Margaret Mitchell Bateman.

Although diminutive in stature, Claire was a giant person to all who knew her. She was kind, compassionate, and in service to others. When asked at the age of five what she wanted to be when she grew up, she replied "A Mother". Her wish was fulfilled and her love, wisdom and strength will be forever remembered by her children. She loved the beach, from the days of her childhood on the Jersey shore, to her retirement years on the west coast of Florida where she enjoyed time with several of her siblings.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin H. Black, son, M. Anthony Black, and daughters, Maureen Black and Nancy Martin. She is survived by daughters Betsy Malfregeot (Marcel) of Clarksburg and Susan Black of Winfield, son Jeff Black (Krista) of South Charleston, special niece Sue Hodinko of Cape Coral, FL, and longtime friend Lora Jean Jarrell of Charleston.

She is also survived by grandchildren Marcel Malfregeot III, Michael Malfregeot, Susan Malfregeot, Lisa Martin Frye, Stephen Martin, Betsy Black Casto, Duncan McMaster, Kelley Rogers, and Kris Raynes; and great-grandchildren Alex, Ava, Andrew, Silas, and Clark Malfregeot, as well as Xander, Thatcher, and Ginny Frye, Atley Casto, and Karley and Kolbe Rogers.

The family wishes to thank her wonderful, dedicated caregivers who made her last several years most comfortable and enjoyable: Sandy Clark, Becky Surface, Tiffany Jarrett, Lynn Donaldson, Judy Raines, Edie Surbaugh, Cindy Wood, and Hazel Langley. They will be forever in our hearts and part of our family. We also thank HospiceCare for managing Mom's final days of life.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

A service to Honor the Life of Claire will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, October 9, 2017 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Charleston with Fr. Joseph Augustine officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Family and Friends may visit two hours prior to the service at the church.

Memories may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.