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Claire F. Goldsmith

February 25, 1954 - December 25, 2015


After a long and courageous “life” with cancer, Claire passed away on December 25, 2015 at the age of 61. She was fun, positive and had a witty sense of humor. She always put other’s first. 
Claire was born in Salem and raised in South Salem for most of her childhood. She attended Liberty Elementary, Judson Jr. High and graduated from South Salem High School. She made life-long friends in the 8th grade which she continued to stay in touch with. She worked at SAIF Corporation for nearly 30 years until she retired in 2008.  However, retirement didn’t last long and she later worked at Disability Determination Services. 
Claire is survived by her children Andrew Sjolander (daughter-in-law Jessica); Heather Gordon (son-in-law Eric); brothers Leonard Goldsmith (sister-in-law Claire) and Kurt Goldsmith (sister-in-law Bonnie); sister Celia Goldsmith; nephew Jason Goldsmith and niece Veronica Goldsmith. She is the honorary aunt to Sara Corbett, Lyndsay Huffman and Stephanie Jeter. She is preceded in death by her father Kenneth and mother Clarice Goldsmith.   Spending time with her family and her wide circle of friends was her favorite pastime.  
Claire’s family will be hosting “one last happy hour” in her honor. In lieu of flowers she requested you do something special with your loved-ones. Claire’s family would also like to thank her many friends for their support and the amazing health care providers which assisted in her care.  Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service is assisting the family.

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I just learned about Claire's passing and I am saddened by the news. Claire was my first manager at SAIF, out of college. She was a wonderful person who really cared about her employees. And she had the biggest smile :).  I distinctly remember my first performance review and how at the ease she made me feel and how much she knew about the work done and the details. That really stuck with me. She didn't approach management activities as drudgery - she welcomed the opportunity to get to know you and coach you to be a better person and employee. I have great memories of working with Claire in the early 90s. All my best to the family.