Claudette Marion (Clemens) Malambri

Obituary of Claudette Marion (Clemens) Malambri

Claudette Marion (Clemens) Malambri, 75, joined the heavens on April 21st, 2023 after a sudden fight with cancer. She was a loving, giving, compassionate and jovial mother of five. She was a beloved daughter, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend who will be dearly missed by all who had the honor of knowing her. Claudette was predeceased by her father, Leo Clemens, and two sons, Rosario C. Malambri and Trevor J. Malambri. She is survived by her mother, Audrey M. Clemens, and husband of 56 years, Rosario J. Malambri; her children, Regina (Mark) Villani, Rochome Babcock, and Tyrone (April) Malambri; and her siblings, Elwin (Carolyn-deceased) Clemens, David (Katherine) Clemens, Mark (Tess) Clemens, Kerry Clemens, Maxine (Timothy-deceased) Bertrand, and Craig (Laurie) Clemens. Also surviving are her many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

Claudette graduated in 1966 from Central Square Central School. During her high school years, she was an active participant of 4-H and the Central Square Sewing Sisterettes. She was an avid exhibitor at county and state fairs, where she placed in the showing of her cow at the New York State Fair. Claudette won the Junior Jersey Breeder Award of the American Jersey Cattle Club on July 16th, 1964 for her cow, Moomoo. Additionally, she was a delegate to the State Club Congress, Rural Youth Conference, and the Canadian Exchange in 1965.

After graduating, Claudette attended Pauldine's Beauty Culture School. She married Rosario J. Malambri on November 26th, 1967, and raised her family in Fulton. She attended Holy Family regularly and was an active part of the church community as both a Eucharist minister and religious education teacher, and was a devoted participant in Marriage Encounter.

Claudette was devoted to beauty throughout her life, working as a hairdresser at Oswego’s The House of Joy, then from the front room of her home. She was always willing to travel to those in need or unable to make it to her, knowing that a fresh and loving hairdo could make all the difference. This included family, friends, and church members, as well as homes for the disabled.

Later in life, Claudette was a lively member of the Red Hat Society. She took on various projects including quilting, sewing and crocheting, and creating beautiful blankets for her children and grandchildren. Known as Meemaw in her later years, she was an extremely loving and enthusiastic supporter of all nine of her grandchildren, each of whom was her “favorite.” She would give her all to each of them, even becoming a Girl Scout for some time to ensure they could participate together. You would often find her gifting special or needed items to all of her loved ones and was always ready to go the extra mile for anyone in need.

A Celebration of Life is being held on July 15th, 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm at the Volney Volunteer Fire Department Station One, 3002 NY Route 3, Fulton, NY, 13069. We ask that you join us if you can celebrate the wondrous joy she has brought to so many and share this time with us. Written stories/memories of Claudette are being accepted for an in-memoriam book. We ask that you wear one of her favorite color(s) — purples, pinks, reds, blues, teals, and aquamarine.

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