Claire Bruch Reeve

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Essex, Conn. — Claire Bruch Reeve, age 101, passed away peacefully at the end of her full and well-lived life on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. She will always be remembered as a gentle, supportive and loving spirit. For the three generations who mourn her, she leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter and style. We miss her love and affection.

The daughter of Mildred Schum Bruch and Emile William Bruch, she was born on Jan. 20, 1917, and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Claire studied art and fashion design at Pratt Institute, graduating in 1937. She was the Assistant Head Artist at Butterick Dress Patterns in New York until the time of her marriage.

She married the man of her dreams, Henry Robert “Bob” Reeve in November of 1940. They shared their love and joy for over 67 years with all who knew them.

Bob joined the U.S. Navy in January 1942 and served until the end of World War II, when he rejoined his father in the family insurance brokerage firm in Manhattan. They raised their family in Bayside, Roslyn and Upper Brookville, N.Y. For many years they lived in Quechee, Vt., Hanover, N.H., and at The Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, Fla. The whole family shared many happy years with them wherever they were. They moved to the Essex Meadows Retirement Community in Essex in 2004.

Claire dedicated her life to her family. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America as well as The Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She was a member of garden clubs wherever she lived and enjoyed painting, reading, boating, gardening and playing golf.

Claire is survived by her four children: Judith Reeve and her husband Kenneth Baker, of Hanover, Randi Reeve Filoon and her husband Fred Filoon of Sun Valley, Idaho, Robert Bruch Reeve and his companion Carol Keefe of South Natick, Mass. and Henry Richard Reeve of Denver, Colo. She leaves six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Thanksgiving Celebration of Claire Reeve will be held in early summer of 2018 near Hanover.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Essex Meadows Employee Appreciation Fund, 30 Bokum Road, Essex, CT. 06426; Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301; Pratt Institute Memorial Donations, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 or an organization of your choice.