Genevieve McVeigh

April 19, 1924January 2, 2019

Genevieve (Gene) C. McVeigh, 94, Of East Hartford, wife of the late James B. McVeigh, entered into eternal life on Wednesday January 2, 2019. Born in East Windsor to George Zdanis and Katherine Guras Zdanis she is predeceased by her brothers George Zdanis, William Zdanis and Francis Zdanis as well as her sister Ann Linger. She was a long time resident of East Hartford and especially treasured the years on Long Hill Street. She worked for the State of Connecticut from graduation until her marriage in 1948. She returned to work for Liberty Mutual Insurance from 1967 until her retirement in 1984. She loved spending time on Cape Cod and enjoyed getting her feet wet in salt water anywhere and about any time of year. Motherhood was her calling and she was the best Mom, Grammy and Great Grammy any children could have had. She was a communicant of St. Rose Parish until the founding of St. Isaac Jogues which she attended until her health began to fade. She enjoyed family gatherings, hosted many cherished Christmas Eves and she will be remembered as the aunt who never forgot a birthday. Besides her husband and siblings, she lost her son Jim, and she carried that grief with great strength and abiding faith. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Chain and her husband Ken of Guilford and her daughter Eileen Tivnan and her husband Mike of Mashpee, Ma. She also leaves her granddaughters Alana Chain of Medford, Ma. And Lauren Locke and her husband Andrew of Branford as well as her granddaughter Bridget Tivnan of Concord, Ma and two great grandchildren Lila and Finn. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews. Gene’s family would like to thank Janine McCobb and Margaret Kownacki who cared for her with love and devotion during her six years living in Guilford. The family will accept guest on Wednesday January 9, 2019 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home 318 Burnside Ave. East Hartford CT. 06108, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am at St. Rose Church 33 Church St. East Hartford, CT. 06108. Committal Service after Church at Hillside Cemetery in East Hartford.


  • George Zdanis, Father
  • Katherine Guras Zdanis, Mother
  • James McVeigh, Husband
  • Eileen Tivnan, Daughter
  • Sharon Chain, Daughter
  • George Zdanis, Brother
  • William Zdanis, Brother
  • Francis Zdanis, Brother
  • Ann Linger, Sister
  • James McVeigh, Son
  • Sharon and Ken Chain, Daughter and her Husband
  • Eileen and Mike Tivnan, Daughter and her Husband
  • Alana Chain, Granddaughter
  • Lauren and Andrew Locke, Granddaughter and her Husband
  • Bridget Tivnan, Granddaughter
  • Lila ., Great Grandchild
  • Finn ., Great Grandchild
  • Genevieve McVeigh also leaves many nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Genevieve McVeigh

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Paul Zdanis

January 5, 2019

Dear Sharon and Eileen and families,
We are sorry for your loss. We also want to thank you for all the very special memories that we have of our beloved Aunt Gene. Your family was very loving and supportive to my family after losing our Mother. Aunt Gene loved her family and always mentioned it. She loved the beach and the Cape. We remember the summers at the cottage on the Cape. I remember taking turns in calling each other when we moved to Las Vegas. Aunt Gene kept track with who's turn it was to call. I remember visiting her in East Hartford, working on a few chores and then sitting down to watch TV with a cold beer. She also loved feeding the turtles loaves of bread in the pond at her home in Guilford. We miss her, but are very blessed for having her in our lives.
All of our love,
Paul, Mylene and Family