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“Aunt Claire was a beautiful and classy lady. I had so much respect for her and Butch. I always knew them to be kind, loving, and gentle...You will...Read More »
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“Extending to your family this heartfelt assurance of deep sympathy. With our condolences, The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education and...Read More »
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“My thoughts and prayers are with the wonderful Malvasio women who provided your incredible grandmother with so many beautiful years, right into...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Bruce Pesola

“How blessed all of us are to have had such a beautiful and kind woman in out lives. My dear mother-in-law was a wonderful wife, mother grandmother...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Malvasio

“Lisa and Callie -so sorry for your loss. May her spirit shine on in heaven as she did on earth. Take care and thoughts are with you all. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Dawn Peterson

“Sorry to hear that, I was hoping she would make it to 100. She will surely be missed. Love Pete and Pat ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Pete & Pat Wilcox

“Lisa and Girls- my condolences. Your Gram was a gem, and an inspiration. It was a pleasure to have known her, and I am delighted in seeing so many...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Carrie Statt

“Karie, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Kat Lyons

“Michelle and family I am so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother. Michelle you always spoke of her with the most beautiful smile on your face and a...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Vicky Revord

“Karie and family, my deepest condolences to you all. I know she was one special lady cherished dearly by Karie. May your loving memories help...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Cathy Hebert

“A kinder lady could not be found. My sincerest condolences to all of her girls and Gary. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Ray Ryoti


Claire Malvasio, 99, of Marquette, passed in peace and dignity Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017 surrounded by family and the compassionate staff at Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. Claire was born on January 29, 1918 in Marquette to the late Jacob and Elizabeth (LaValley) Coppens and was a 1936 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. On September 5, 1938 she married George Malvasio at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. As a youth, Claire worked with her parents in the operation of Coppens Grocery Store in South Marquette which she and her husband eventually purchased as Malvasio’s Confectionary. They went on to own Green Gables Tavern in Marinette, Wisconsin. In 1961, Claire and George “Butch,” started Malvasio Vending, which she was involved in until retiring in 1978. In her retirement, Claire supported her sons in their own businesses. She was a former member of Marquette Elks Lodge #405 and the Marquette Golf Club. Claire enjoyed her weekly women’s nights out with her girlfriends. She also enjoyed ceramics, playing smear, league bowling, traveling and eating out. Survivors include one son, Gary (Ursula) Malvasio of Leesburg, FL and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Malvasio of Cape Girardeau, MO. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 6 great, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, George L. “Butch” Malvasio on July 28, 2008. They met at a dance and were a delight to watch moving around on the floor. Also preceding her in death was a son, Richard “Dick” Malvasio. The Malvasio family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of a funeral service at 3 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber officiating. Entombment will take place at Northland Chapel Gardens Mausoleum. Claire’s grandchildren will act as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring St., Marquette, MI 49855 in Mrs. Malvasio’s memory. If you asked Claire, she would say, “It’s been a good life.” She was blessed with good health, good friends and good times. At nearly a century old, it is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to “Our Family Jewel” but it is with a smile that we remember all of the love and fun we have shared. Her obituary can also be viewed at canalefuneral.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.