Date of Birth June 7, 2000
Date Deceased April 10, 2024
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date April 20, 2024
Service Time 10 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont

Claire Marie Weyand

Claire Marie Weyand (23) of Hornell left this earth too soon on Wednesday April 10, 2024, at St. James Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Claire was born to Linda and David Weyand at St. James Hospital on June 7, 2000. Besides her parents, she is also survived by her sisters, Audrey, and Anna; her maternal grandmother, Louise Wintermute; as well as her aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Brooke Nicole; maternal grandfather, William Wintemute, Sr. and paternal grandparents, Karl and Marjorie Weyand.

Claire was a charismatic redhead who loved dogs, dance, and nature. She loved meeting new people and exploring new places. Claire had a bubbly personality and spirit that was infectious to others around her. Claire always wanted to make sure everyone felt loved and included.

Claire’s strength and tenacity were truly remarkable. After graduating from RIT with a degree in Communications, she dedicated herself to advocating for inclusion and accessibility. Her efforts aimed to ensure that all community spaces were welcoming and accessible to everyone, leaving a lasting impact on those around her.

The Double H Ranch is a place very close to Claire’s heart. Claire blossomed at the camp, designed specifically for children with life-altering illnesses. She created lasting friendships and connections that she valued throughout her life.

Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday (April 19, 2024) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to meet her family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday (April 20, 2024). Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, Claire would be delighted to have donations in her honor go to Double H Ranch so that more children can experience this camp’s wonders; their address is, 97 Hidden Valley Road, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 (envelopes will be available at the funeral home) or visit

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Claire’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Claire are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.




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12 Responses

  1. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know your family over the past few nights, and I am so honored to have had the privilege of caring for you on your last few days Earth-side. There is no doubt in my mind that you were loved by many, and that you will be truly missed. Rest peacefully, Claire. My heart goes out to your family and those who were close to you! 🩵

  2. I never had the privilege of meeting Claire. She looks like an Angel. i do remember learning of her and her medical challenges. my heart goes out to all who knew her. i loved camp too especially as a city girl. i am so glad she was able to enjoy a refuge at Double H Ranch. sincerely, Susan

  3. Claire you are so missed! You are truly a wonderful soul, so courageous and full of energy. I am amazed at your life, having been faced with such adversity yet having a smile throughout. Wow. I can only hope to have half of your tenacity in my own life moving forward. I find it so unfair that you were taken from this world so soon. As your big cousin, if I could have words with the person who makes such choices I would! I would tell them to find someone else, someone who does not dance, even when their legs work. Who does not backflip in the front yard, even when they are not scared. And I would tell them to pick someone else, anyone else, who is not my beautiful little (favorite) cousin. I am so saddened by your passing, and tearfully hope that you continue to dance, backflip, and be merry wherever you may be; even if it’s not in this world with me.

    Love from your Big Cousin Eric T.

  4. I will forever cherish each and every memory I have of Claire. Sending our deepest condolences to her family.

  5. My deepest sympathy, the Angels have guided Claire to Paradise, she has run the good race. Rest In Peace.

  6. Oh Claire- you have truly left an impact on so many people- I will never forget your beautiful smile- you always lit up a room when you were in it.
    You made this world a better place and I am thankful that you are a part of my life.
    Fly high- and heaven just got more beautiful sweet girl🤍🕊️🤍

  7. David…I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot image how difficult this is for you, your wife and all your loved ones. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  8. On behalf of the NTID Department of Performing Arts, we express our profound sorrow at the passing of Claire. Her presence on our stage was truly remarkable, and her absence leaves a palpable void. Claire’s radiant smile enriched every performance, bringing joy to fellow dancers and audiences alike. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time. May Claire’s spirit soar high above, forever remembered and cherished.

  9. As the coordinator of New Signers Program at RIT/NTID, she was a pleasure to have with us and she will be missed! She showed ambitious and passion in learning American Sign Language during those two-week intensive course. She greets everybody with a great smile and brought great energy to classes and activities! Claire’s family have my deep condolences and may she be remembered by her cheerful spirit that extends beyond the life she had on earth.

  10. The world is a better place because of Claire and the joy she brought to all who crossed her path. What a smile and kind disposition. May she rest in peace! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Claire, Brooke, Anna, Audrey, Linda and David.

  11. I met Claire through the disability community in 2019 and she was such a joy to be around. I had the privilege of praising the Lord with her, and as it saddens me to see that she has left this earth, I know she will be at home with our Lord and savior and we will get to see her again. Sending love and prayers to the family🫶🏽

  12. I so enjoyed encountering Claire in the halls of HHS. Her smile & friendliness, even in the face of adversity, will not be forgotten by anyone who knew her.

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