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Mrs. Gertha (Stokes) Clapp, 80 of Waterbury, passed away, Friday, April 12, 2019, unexpectedly, surrounded by her sister and family. She was the widow of Thomas Wesley Clapp.

Mrs. Clapp was born on February 28, 1939, in Lillington, NC, a daughter to the late Rufus Stokes and Corenna( Mcneil) (Stokes) McLean.

"Gert" as she was so affectionately called, was educated in the North Carolina school system. In 1958, she relocated to Waterbury, Connecticut where she resided until her passing. Mrs. Clapp was a hard working woman. She worked at Hemingway, in Cheshire, for many years, and retired in 1999. She was known for cooking, and hosting family cookouts. "Gert" was also known for making her famous southern fried fish. Most of the time, they were the ones she caught. She enjoyed fishing, gardening (her yard was always full of the beautiful flowers that she planted), shopping, and going to church. Mrs. Clapp was a faithful member of Temple of Praise Church where she served on the Usher board, and Women's Department.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter Corenna (Randy) Stallings, and a son Thurman (Tammy) Stokes, two sisters, Marion Saunders of Waterbury and Fannie (Kenny) McDougald of Wolcott, five grandchildren; Anthony Peterson of Waterbury, Corinne Clapp of GA, Earl Stokes, Sophie Clapp both of Waterbury, and Vanessa Bower of VA., 12 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by a daughter; Gwendolyn Peterson, a sister Dianna Eason, and a brother Rufus Stokes.