Claire (Fotini) Rafael

Claire (Fotini) Rafael

Claire (Fotini) Rafael, 74, of Greenhurst, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, Pa.

A native of Staten Island, N.Y., she was born Oct. 26, 1943, a daughter of the late Rocco and Clara Trifoglio Mastropasqua.

She was the widow of the Rev. Nicholas Rafael, Sr.

She was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, where she was a longtime member of its Erene Society.

Surviving are three children: the Rev. Nicholas (wife Olga) Rafael II of Vineland, N.J., Christina Brown of Greenhurst and Dr. Timothy (wife. Chryssanthe) Rafael of Long Island; ten grandchildren who called her Yia Yia includes: Jordan Davis, Kyra Lakhany, Cassandra Davis, Gabrielle Rapposelli, Andrew Rafael, Nicholas Brown, Hannah Brown, Benjamin Brown, Alexander Rafael and Grace Rafael; a great-granddaughter, Aaliah Lakhany; and three siblings: Vito Mastropasqua, Marie McLaughlin and Debbie Morale.

Besides her husband who died Nov. 14, 2005, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ritamarie Davis in 2010.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The Rev. Jarrod Russell and The Rev. Nicholas Rafael II will co-celebrate.

Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. today in the Lind Funeral Home, where a Trisagion Prayer Service will be led at 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Mt. Vernon Place, Jamestown, NY 14701, or or St. Susan Center, P.O. Box 1276, Jamestown, NY 14702- 1276.