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Voltaire, Victoria

Victoria Louise (Clark) Voltaire, a resident of West Roxbury since 1944, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, September 30, 2010 after a brief illness.  She was 79.  Victoria was born January 11, 1931 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, one of the nine children of Harry and Marion (Cheever) Clark.  She grew up in West Roxbury, graduated from Roslindale High School, and attended Bentley College.  In 1952 she married Rolfe B. “Sonny” Voltaire, her beloved husband of 58 years.  Victoria devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker.  Her family – including her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, and later her grandchildren – were her greatest source of joy and pride.  She always took time to listen to a problem and thoughtfully give advice.  She worked outside the home occasionally and enjoyed having something to fill her day while her kids were in school.  She spent every summer camping with her family; later she continued to enjoy camping with the many close friends she and Sonny made through camping.  She was an avid reader, masterful at crossword puzzles, and belonged to a bowling league, as well as being a talented and prolific knitter.  Victoria is survived by her husband, Rolfe B. Voltaire of West Roxbury, and their four children:  Rolfe Voltaire of Nottingham, New Hampshire; Robert Voltaire of West Roxbury; Brenda Voltaire Ripp of Medfield, Massachusetts; and Julie Voltaire Schleusener, and her husband Rick, of Fort Collins, Colorado.  She is also survived by her brother Kenneth Clark of Sandwich, Massachusetts, and her sister-in-law Elaine Clark of Quincy, Massachusetts.  She leaves six precious grandchildren who were truly the light of her life:  Kelsey, Courtney, Jeff and Christian Schleusener, and Christopher and Kerry Ripp.  She also leaves her “adopted” granddaughter Erin Treseler, a neighbor who was a frequent and welcome visitor to the Voltaire home.  Victoria was the sister of the late Edith “Dede” Clark, Virginia O’Connor, Beverly Henretta, Dolores McMorrow, Diane Kearns Gomes, George Clark, and Bradley Clark.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, October 5th from 6 to 9 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Wednesday at 11 AM at the Stratford Street United Church, 77 Stratford Street, West Roxbury followed by burial in the Gardens at Gethsemane Cemetery, Baker Street, West Roxbury.  Victoria will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the National Fragile X Foundation, PO Box 37, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 or online at

Guestbook Entries

  1. Donna Marie
    October 1st, 2010 | 12:26 pm

    I will miss you so much and keep with me many memories of vacations at the camp. You and Sonny raised a wonderful family. My heart is with you all right now. Much love. Donna, Jim, Erin and Liam

  2. Ken & Janet
    October 1st, 2010 | 7:23 pm

    Vicki – We will miss you. You’ve had a helluva journey. We are glad you can get some rest now. I remember many adventures with you and Sonny when I was growing up and you were dating.

    Your wedding was the first one I was allowed to go to. Have a safe journey.

    You will always be in our thoughts….

    Ken & Janet…

  3. Annie Swanson Marley
    October 2nd, 2010 | 8:12 am

    When God calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange…hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. Remembering family cookouts at Cool Sandy Beach…

  4. Kent "Jason" Henretta
    October 4th, 2010 | 12:42 pm

    Aunt Vicki… I will miss you, although I will never forget you… Thank you for all the memories you gave me and my family… Say HI to your brothers & sisters for me… Tell my mother, dad & brothers, I miss them…

    Love Ya,

    Jason, aka Kent
    Phx/Gilbert, Az

  5. Susan Gallagher
    October 5th, 2010 | 12:47 pm

    Mrs. Voltaire you are part of the best childhood memories I have of camping. Listening, Laughing and guiding. I will always remember you.

  6. Juanita Donaldson
    October 11th, 2010 | 6:24 pm

    My Dear Aunt Vicki- You were always like a second mother to me. You were the one that I could call and talk to about my mother and father after they passed way. I will miss our phones calls and how you always said goodbye with, “I love you”. I love you and will miss you terribly.

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