On Sunday, March 14, 2021, \nClaire Lynam Marburger was called to her Heavenly \nhome. \n\nClaire was born October 18, 1928 in Johnstown, PA to \nCarl and Hilda Mayer. She graduated from Johnstown \nHigh School in 1946. She grew up studying dance with \nGene Kelly at his Johnstown studio. In 1950, Claire \ngraduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of \nPittsburgh where she was active in a theatrical \ngroup known as the "Back Alley Stock Players." She \nplayed the female lead (Katherine Hepburn's role as \nTracy) in "The Philadelphia Story." After \ngraduation, Claire became an English teacher in the \nJohnstown School District. \n\nIn 1950, she married her college sweetheart, William \nJames Lynam. He passed away in 1976. Because William \nwas a Lieutenant Commander in the United States \nNaval Reserve, they often traveled to Norfolk, \nVirginia for meetings and military functions. During \ntheir 25 years of marriage, they had 2 daughters, \nLynn and Lori. Mom spent much time at her sewing \nmachine making all of their clothes. She also really \nenjoyed teaching speech at the Butler County \nCommunity College; and, she did some substitute \nteaching through the Butler Area School District.\n\n\nIn 1983, Claire married A. Martin Marburger who \npassed away in 2011. They were married for 28 years \nand spent their free time travelling to places like \nFlorida, the Canadian Rockies and National Parks in \nthe Western US. \n\nFor 14 years, Claire held the position of Treatment \nCoordinator for the Mascia and Bauer Orthodontic \nPractice. It was her responsibility to explain and \nanswer questions regarding the treatment plans of \nfuture patients. The patients along with the other \nemployees really enjoyed her. She retired in 1991.\n\n\nOver the years, Claire also enjoyed playing bridge, \nSunday evening neighborhood volleyball games and \nother Meadowood social gatherings. She had a love of \nmusic and attended many performances by the Butler \nSymphony, Musical Theater Guild, and Butler Little \nTheater. She was an active member of the Butler \nIntermediate League. Claire was also a member of the \nFirst United Methodist Church in Butler.\n\nIn 2019, Claire moved to Cumberland Woods Village in \nAllison Park where she enjoyed making new friends in \nan independent living environment. She became known \nas a "great story teller. " During her lifetime, Mom \nspoke often about the importance of laughter. She \nsaid it was good for the soul. Claire's family and \nfriends will always remember her sense of humor and \nquick wit. \n\nSurviving are her daughters, Lynn (Jay) Shaffer, \nButler, and Lori (Greg) Wilson, Pittsburgh; three \ngrandchildren, Bradley Shaffer, Lindsey (Brad) Spang, \nand Bethany Wilson; three great grandchildren, Boden \nSpang, and twins, Zeke and Tess Spang. We loved her \ndearly, and she loved all of us.\n\nThere will be no public visitation. Funeral services are private with burial in Johnstown, PA. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial \ndonations to the Butler Public Library, 218 North \nMcKain St, Butler, PA 16001.\n\nArrangements were handled by the Thompson-Miller \nFuneral Home, 124 East North Street, Butler, PA \n16001.