Clementine Marie Corazza Hren

 Clementine Marie Corazza Hren was born Sept. 21, 1933, in Denver, the only child of Rudolph and Angeline Baldessari Corrazza. She passed away on Sept. 18 at Highline Place Memory Care in Littleton, where she had spent the last 17 months of her life.

Hren lived most of her early life with her mother in Denver after her father passed away in 1940. During his illness, she lived with her grandmother and grandfather in Leadville, at 111 W. Seventh St., and attended St. Mary’s School for her first-grade school year. After her father passed away, she moved back to Denver and lived there with her mother on Kalamath St. She attended school in Denver, including St. Elizabeth’s School, Randall School and West High School, where she graduated with the Class of 1953, and Parks Business School. Hren then went to work for Montgomery Ward in the shoe catalog department. She and her mother and her mother’s family were very close. Clemie, as she was known to her family, was always her mother’s first priority, and her mother did an amazing job as a single mother in an era where it wasn’t done very often, her family said. 

In 1956, she was introduced to John W. Hren by her cousin and best friend, Mary Carol (Kuss) Carter and Mary Carol’s fiance at the time, Chuck Carter. John and Clemie fell in love quickly and were married on June 8, 1957 at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Denver.

They moved to Leadville immediately, where John had been born and raised. They bought their first and only house at 231 W. Eighth St., and Clemie lived in that house until April of 2019 when she moved to Highline Place. Four children were born to them: Mary Frances (Art) DuPont of Leadville, William John (Judy) Hren of Silverthorne, Stephen Frank (Debra) Hren of Moab and Christine Ann (Kyle) Hain of Littleton.

Hren was a life-long home maker. She spent many hours keeping her house spotlessly clean. Her family said she was a wonderful wife and mother. She cared deeply for her family, and she could always be counted on if any of them needed an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Hren was also a devout Catholic. She and John were active members of St. Joseph’s Church for all of their years together, and she remained so after he passed away. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas. 

Hren became a widow when John passed away on Dec 31, 2001. For nearly 20 years, she lived a fulfilled life on her own and participated in the lives of her children and grandchildren at all times. She drew from the strength of her own mother at this time, who had passed away in 1981, but whose presence she always felt in her life all the way to the very end. 

Hren is survived by all of her children, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her dear cousins Mary Carol Carter of Denver, Adolph Kuss Jr. of Durango, Deanna Leino of Wheat Ridge, “Buddy” and Anita Corazza of Elizabeth and Rio Rancho, New Mexico and numerous Corazza cousins in Toronto and Ontario, Canada. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Hren’s name be made to Highline Place, 6767 S. Broadway, Littleton, CO 80122. Hren’s family said that words cannot express enough thanks to the staff at Highline, along with the staff of Legacy Physical Therapy and Elevation Hospice.