Claire Storto, 80, former teacher, business woman, volunteer

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Claire Ann Storto (nee Sansone), 80, a resident of North Riverside, formerly of River Forest, died on June 29, 2013. Born on July 14, 1932, she was a graduate of Michigan State University, earning a master's degree in education and taught fifth- and sixth-graders at Betsy Ross School in Forest Park before marrying and beginning her own family.

She volunteered for Special Olympics Chicago, was chairman of the Proventia School board, owner of Creative Hands Studio, a nationally recognized Decoupage Art practitioner, student body liaison at Oak Park and River Forest High School, chairman of the River Forest Traffic & Safety Commission, member and committee head and chair at the Riverside Golf Club, an avid golfer with two holes-in-one to her credit, election and technical judge for Illinois elections, and a Marshall Field personal shopping department assistant in Oak Brook. In addition, she created a beautiful and loving home for family and friends and left a legacy of fond memories. Her home had an open-door policy and friends felt welcomed as she fed the neighborhood. A wonderful cook, she always had a home-cooked meal ready for her family. The quintessential Italian mother, she cultivated long-lasting friendships and taught by example how to love, respect and be loyal to family and friends.

Claire Storto is survived by her husband, Donald, and her children, Don, Ron, and Dee Dee. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cara.

A chapel service was held on July 2, 2013 at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Donations to the Misericordia Home, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660 ( are appreciated.

Arrangements were handled by Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, 708-366-2200.

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