Marie Claire (Lemerise) Duchemin 93, formerly of Haverhill MA, Hampton NH and Phoenix AZ, died peacefully on September 16, 2022 in Exeter, surrounded by her loving family.
Claire was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on March 3, 1929, daughter of the late Henry and Mathilda (D’Aoust) Lemerise. She attended Saint Joseph’s Grammar School where she met her husband and forever love, Richard “Dick” Duchemin. They graduated from Haverhill High School and were married at Saint Joseph’s Church. Together they celebrated sixty years of marriage until his passing in 2011.
In 1969, the Duchemins moved to Hampton Beach, N.H. They owned and operated the Bromfield Motel and Guest House on “G” Street. They later opened the Chez Marie Inn, a bed and breakfast at Plaice Cove. Chef Marie, “Chez” enjoyed her dream of cooking and entertaining the public in her home and the Chez Marie Inn became a favorite destination and dining experience on the Seacoast.
In 1990, Dick and Claire relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona where they spent their golden years together with family and friends. Claire moved back to New Hampshire seven years after the passing of her beloved husband, and resided in Exeter, NH with her family.
Claire is survived by her three children, a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne R. and Jeanne Duchemin of Marstons Mills, MA, and two daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Kenny Kempf of San Antonio, TX, and Deborah J. and Charles Brown of Exeter; her seven grandchildren; Kevin, Krisanne, Katie, Jeffrey, Kelly, Brian, and Kyle and their spouses and partners; and her great grandchildren, Jocelyne, Jaxon, Mia, Ava, Kasey, Dean, Kenzie, and Sami. She is also survived by her brothers, Bernard “Bernie” Lemerise and his wife “Peachie”, of Hampton, Robert Lemerise of Haverhill and Henry “Hank” Lemerise, Jr. of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Richard Lemerise and sisters, Margaret Houle, Noella Frascaria and Lorraine Charboneau.
Relatives and friends are invited to Claire’s Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 289 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH. Live streaming for those not able to attend will be available through the parish website. The family will receive guests at a reception in the church hall following the Mass. Burial will be at a later date in the National Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ. The family requests that memorial donations be made to OLMM Outreach, c/o Sr. Doris Ouellette, 289 Lafayette Rd. Hampton, NH. Arrangements are under the direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow, NH. To send a message of condolence to the family or to share a cherished memory, please visit: www.brooksidechapelfh.com.
Posted online on September 22, 2022
Published in Exeter News-Letter/Hampton Union, Exeter News-Letter/Hampton Union