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Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT

OBITUARY

Mary Jeanne Walsh

April 29, 1944October 2, 2019
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Mary Jeanne Walsh, 75, of Clinton, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on October 2, 2019.

Mary was born in Bridgeport Connecticut to John and Fay McMahon on April 29, 1944. She went to high School at Notre Dame and graduated in 1962. She earned her teaching degree at Southern Connecticut State University with a major in English in 1966. She met her husband, Richard (Dick) Walsh, at Southern Connecticut State University where they dated for 3 years and were happily married for 53 years.

Mary was started her career at Fort Meade Elementary School in Maryland teaching 6th grade. She continued teaching 4-6th grade for 38 years at Deep River Elementary School in CT where she was innovative, creative and passed on her love for literature. She positively impacted many lives through her work at a teacher and friend.

Mary was a dedicated wife and mother. She and Richard enjoyed spending time together at their favorite restaurants where they made many friends, attending sporting events and being with their family. She could not have be more proud of her children and their spouses. She loved her grandchildren immensely and treasured her family vacations with them.

Mary was an avid sports fan and had a passion for women’s basketball and had season tickets for the Connecticut Sun and UCONN women’s basketball games where she enjoyed watching with her husband. She was an excellent fantasy gamer and played D&D with her friends at her house twice a month for the last 40 years.

Mary was a dedicated parishioner at St Mary’s Church of the Visitation in Clinton for over 40 years. She was an excellent lecturer and part of the Small Christian Community. She appreciated the many friends she made at the church.

Mary is proceeded in death by her parents, John and Fay McMahon; her sister Eileen McMahon and her granddaughter Adelle Greeley. Mary is survived by her devoted husband, Richard Walsh of Clinton, CT; son John (Jane) Allard-Walsh; Daughters Eileen (Brendan) Maguire; Kathleen (Eric Greeley); her treasured grandchildren Nora and Lennon Maguire, Isla and Archer Greeley and Alora and Freya Allard-Walsh; Goddaughter Megon (Ryan) Dudley and dear friend Joanne Bennett.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Middlesex Health Hospice Services and Palliative Care for their compassion and care for Mary.

Visitation will be held at Swan Funeral Home in Clinton on October 8th from 5:00 to 8:00. Her Funeral Service will be held at Saint Mary’s Church of the Visitation in Clinton, Ct. on October 9th at 11am. A reception will be held immediately following the service.

Mary requested that the last line of her obituary to read as follows: “Please send all of your prayers to my beloved son in-law, Brendan Maguire, as he fights cancer and I help him from Heaven.”

Services

  • Calling Hours Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Elizabeth Sheffer-Winig

October 6, 2019

Our deepest sympathies reach out to you. We shared two beautiful granddaughters with Mary, Alora Elizabeth and Freya Mary. From now on whenever we look into those precious faces, we will see glimpses of the life and love of Mary. Our mothers never leave us as they are forever in our hearts, minds, and souls. With love, Bitsy and Tony

Sonja Ortman

October 4, 2019

Mrs. Walsh was my favorite teacher. She ultimately was THE reason I went into education. She had a way of making me feel as though I could do anything. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing.

Annise Benson

October 4, 2019

My condolences to the family. Mrs. Walsh was my teacher for 2 years in elementary school. She inspired a life-long love of reading, and was always an energetic and caring teacher. She will be remembered!

Deb Ziobron

October 4, 2019

Mr Walsh and family,
So very sorry . My sympathy to
You all. Jayna, my daughter, was in Elementary School when Mrs Walsh was teaching there. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Deb Ziobron

Deborah DiManno-Carbone

October 4, 2019

Dearest John, my heart is extremely saddened by the loss of your mother, Mary. Her suffering is over, she has been called home and she will share in God's glory. Since I've known you, you have always been a member of my family, and I make no secret of how I feel about you. Your mother must have been an amazing woman, because she raised an amazing son. Know that you, Jane and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you, Deborah

Olivia Dancosse. (Tower)

October 3, 2019

I am so sad to hear of Mrs Walsh's passing, I had her in 5 th grade. She was very pleasant teacher.... I send prayers of comfort for the family.!!!! My deepest sympathies! Olivia

Verna O'Donnell

October 3, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. Grateful for my memories of working with her at DRES and for the time she spent teaching my own children. My thoughts are with all of you.

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