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Claire Tritt


June 20, 2019

Claire C. Tritt, 94, a 70 -year resident of Kimball, died June 2, 2019 at SouthLake Village, Lincoln, NE.

Claire Constance (nee LaPlante) Tritt was born in Lawrence, MA. on August 8, 1924.  She lived and worked in Lawrence until 1946 when she took a leap of faith and married Myron V. Tritt, a returning, midwestern World War II soldier whom she met at a USO dance and corresponded with throughout the War.  Myron planned to build a family and a business in the town where he had grown up, so Claire left behind family and friends, but not her Boston accent, to make a life in a town which, at the time, had no traffic lights. One of her first experiences was an introduction to a shivaree, a boisterous event celebrating a new marriage western style, that Claire did not find at all amusing. 

But over time she became a strong Kimball supporter and was proud of the town's progress.  She learned to play golf on sand greens and among the rattlesnakes.   She learned to play a mean hand of bridge and was part of an allstar bridge club that met every Thursday for decades.  She continued both activities into her nineties.   

After raising her three children, she worked for many years at Flower Haven, happily adapting to the working world.  She also found time to attend daily mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and volunteer at the Kimball hospital and Manor.  Hers was a life lived long and well.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Tritt and her husband Philip Walker of Easton, MD; step grandchildren Douglas Walker and his wife Melissa Walker of Weston, CT and Kendra Sirolly and her husband David Sirolly of Pennington, NJ; son John Tritt and his wife Diane Tritt of Lincoln, NE and grandsons Matthew Tritt and his wife Laura Tritt of Lincoln, NE; Michael Tritt and his wife Veronica Tritt of Chicago, IL; and  Daniel Tritt of Lincoln, NE;  and daughter Julie Kerk and her husband Andrew Kerk, of Hartland, WI, and grandsons Samuel Kerk of Ann Arbor, MI and Jonah Kerk of Hartland, WI; and ten great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by Myron Tritt, her husband of 41 years.

A memorial service will be scheduled later in Kimball.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and Kimball County Hospital Foundation.


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