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Claire Ann Scholar

10/20/1939 - 06/13/2019
Service Date: 06/29/2019
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona

Claire A Scholar (nee McCarthy), age 79, passed away on June 13, 2019 in Mesa, AZ.  

She grew up in the quaint village of Rockdale, IL and was given the nickname of Botsie for her fun loving and energetic personality.  She spent years playing basketball, often under the coaching of her dad, Leo.  Her sister Janet will attest that Claire walked into Joliet Township High School a tomboy and walked out a lady who became quite the fashionista and an amazing dancer.   In 1965 she married Norman Scholar and together were the original owners of the famous The Keg restaurant in downtown Joliet.  She touched the lives of many employees and patrons during the 30-year run of the successful establishment.  Her panache for Christmas decorating will forever be remembered with snowflakes floating and lights and trees everywhere! A visit to The Keg over the holidays was a treat just for that and she shared the magic with her neighbors when she retired in Arizona in 1995.  Before retiring, she and Norman loved to travel and had a fondness for Palm Springs as well as Arizona, where their daughter Sheree attended college and then called home.  After Norman’s passing in 1996, she became the den mother and pet sitter to everyone living in the courtyard area of her condo.  Such good times ensued!  In 2000, she became a grandma to Britton who originally called her “mug-a.”  It became her preference and her grandma name was coined.   Ten years after being widowed, she met Ed who spent 13 wonderful years with her.  When she took ill in 2012, he cared for her unconditionally.   Claire enjoyed spending time with friends and her family.  Sheree, Britton, Tom, Ed, her sister Janet, and her brother-in-law Brian were by her side when she left this world.

Claire is survived by her daughter, Sheree (Thomas) Scholar, grandson Britton Scholar, sister Janet (Brian) Morrissey, sister-in-law Bea Scholar, and partner Ed McLaughlin.  Preceded in death by her husband Norman Scholar, mother Rose McCarthy (nee Sleyko), father Leo McCarthy, mother-in-law Sophie Scholar Kibort (nee Latinsky) and brother-in-laws Sydney and Sam (Margie) Scholar. 

Because Claire loved a good party, three will be thrown in her honor. 

  • An inurnment graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10 am at Green Acres Cemetery located at 401 N Hayden Road. Reception immediately following.  Please contact Sheree or Ed for additional information or email CelebrateClaire@GeekGirl42.com.
  • A celebration of life party in Joliet is being planned for early August. Please contact Sheree or email CelebrateClaire@GeekGirl42.com if you are interested in attending. Kindly include how you knew Claire.
  • When winter visitors return to Arizona, a celebration will be held on what would have been her 80th

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Claire’s name to the charity of your choice is suggested.



  • Betty Sherman Corp

    I have such fond memories of Norm and Claire from when my mom, my aunt, and I worked at the Keg. Later my cousin became Shree’s babysitter. Sheree take comfort of the good memories.

  • Bill and Margaret Benoit

    So many wonderful times spent at The Keg! We loved when Norm dressed up as a leprechaun, Claire’s wonderful decorations, visiting with Barb at the bar, seeing Sheree grow up over the years at The Keg, and many more fond memories. God Bless you Claire and Norm. You were a wonderful part of our lives.

  • I am sooo sorry to here this Sheree. There are so many great memories from the ten years I worked there!! She made Christmas time special for everyone that came there and certainly taught us all so much!! I did not know she was sick, but the fact that she had Ed and you and your family is wonderful.I will hopefully see you in August for the memorial here! Love and prayers, Eileen Ramos (Yates when I worked there)

  • Sheree My sympathy to you and your family. Have very fond memories of your Mom when she was our Room Mother when you were in eighth grade at Rockdale School, the Keg pizzas always were a hit !

  • My condolences to Sheree, Janet, and family on the passing of Claire. I grew up with Janet and Claire and played basketball under Leo so many years ago. Besides basketball, my favorite memory is going to Novenas on Friday evenings with the whole McCarthy family. Met Britton on one of our trips to Arizona and could see how happy being a grandma made Claire. May you find peace in remembering the good times!

  • Judy Baskin (Mrs. Mark)

    Norm, Claire, and the Keg bring back great memories! My condolences to Sheree, Ed, and your family.

    Judy Baskin (Mrs. Mark)

  • Shelly McDaniel/ Shannda , Skyllar , Sheydden Rose

    This world has definitely lost a Christmas Angel! I have so many WONDERFUL memories of Claire! From Decorating trees in every room ,Hanging Christmas snowflakes , her all night kitchen buffet and movie theatre, doggy daycare(before kids), Friday and Saturday night dinners with Tom , Sheree and Darell, and making cookies with Ed and Britton! I will always remember her beautiful smile , her perfect ironing skills and her driving! 😉 I feel truly blessed to have had Claire and Norm in my life!

  • Claire was one of the biggest influences on my life. In our 14 years on and off at The Keg she is responsible for my work ethic that has carried on throughout my life. I really respected her for the opportunities she gave me. RiP

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