Jean V. Walker

September 2, 1938January 17, 2021

Jean V. Walker, 82, of East Hartford and Glastonbury, left this earth to join her family in heaven on January 17, 2021. Born September 2, 1938, daughter of the late Gennaro J. and Lucia (Vernile) Viglione, she was predeceased by her sister, Susan A. Viglione, nephew, Jeremy Minney, and infant son, Michael (1963). Jean grew up in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford, a 1956 graduate of Hartford Public High School. She moved to East Hartford, where she lived from 1971 to 2018, until moving to Glastonbury. She worked for the VA hospital in Newington, Krause Caterers, and the West Hartford Job Bank. She volunteered for many years at the Open Hearth in Hartford and was a member of the West Hartford Red Hats. Jean, the family matriarch, was an extraordinary woman who thrived on being surrounded by family and friends for home cooked meals, large holiday and birthday gatherings, and many family vacations. Everyone felt welcomed in her home. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and was always there to provide advice, financial support, a funny story, or a listening ear. She was our biggest cheerleader, never missing an event for her kids or grandkids - a game, concert, scout event, or award ceremony. She loved visiting with family and friends and discussing our family history while gathered around the table by the wood stove, sharing a glass of wine, cup of tea, hot peppers, Italian bread, and Entenmann’s. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and watching the snow fall. Her true passion was spending time at her cottages at Old Colony Beach in Old Lyme, CT with her family and friends. No matter the weather, that was her favorite place to be – early in the morning, sitting by the water with her cup of tea and a book. She loved to travel the world with our dad, exploring places like the United States, the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii, Europe, and Mexico. She always came home with great stories – like the time she was invited to join Robert Plante for lunch in St. Lucia!! Jean was in a class by herself - always putting others needs before her own. She was gracious, classy, strong, fiercely devoted to family, a good listener, the light in the room. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Jean walked away feeling special and loved. She welcomed anyone and everyone. She was an avid reader and instilled that love in her children- taking us to the library as kids, we would walk home with an armful of books. She loved animals and always had treats when the grand dogs came for a visit. She taught us the importance of family values and strongly encouraged family ties. She hosted a family reunion every New Year’s Day to secure that family bond. She leaves her five children and twelve grandchildren: Edward & Sabrina Walker (Ariel and Mason) of East Hartford; Debra Green (Michelle, Patrick of GA, Benjamin) of East Hartford; Michael Walker & Maribel Chaudhry (Cameron, Damian, Melissa, Maryam) of Corona, CA; Nancy Shasha, (Ava, Sari) of South Windsor; David & Jackie Walker (Colby, Courtney, Cailey) of Glastonbury; and her husband Edward Walker. Jean also leaves many cousins, some very close to her heart - Marilyn Vernile and Barbara and John Primeau. Calling hours will be Friday, January 22, 2021 from 4-6 pm at the D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. Due to the current health pandemic everyone is asked to please wear a face covering and adhere to all of the regulations, which include a limited number of people at one time in the funeral home. Funeral service will be Saturday, January 23, 2021 with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at St. Christopher Church of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 538 Brewer St. East Hartford. Jean’s family request that you please go directly to the church on Saturday morning. The mass will be live-streamed via the D’Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel Facebook page, Burial will follow at Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. The family does plan to have a Celebration of Jean’s life in the future when it is safe for everyone to congregate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jean’s name may be made to the West Hartford Firefighters Scholarship Fund, 2458 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117 or to the Open Hearth, 150 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106. Jean’s family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the staff at The Hearth, Glastonbury and to the nurses, doctors, and staff at Hartford Hospital for the phenomenal care during her last week. Your genuine compassion and caring helped her family through this very difficult time. Jean will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her. Her legacy will live on in her children, grandchildren, and in all those whose lives she has touched. We are comforted knowing she is in heaven dancing with the angels. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


  • West Hartford Firefighters Scholarship Fund
  • Open Hearth


  • Public Visitation

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, January 23, 2021


  • Burial

    Saturday, January 23, 2021


Jean V. Walker

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Jackie Walker

February 3, 2021

From the other "J. Walker"... ☺️

You welcomed me with open arms 20+ years ago and always made me feel welcome and like one of the family.

I loved your enthusiasm for everything and your passion toward everyone.

I will miss our chats over a good cup of tea and buffet of snacks, especially the ones sitting at the beach picnic table as the sun was setting.

Mamma-Jean (I'd refer to you as) you were a ray of sunshine to so many and will be missed deeply.

Love, Jackie xxx

Brian and Jo Marie Topolski

January 29, 2021

Dave, So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. It’s hard to lose a Family member, and a Mom will be forever missed. Our sincere condolences to you and yours.
Remember the good times...

Ava Nicole

January 27, 2021

Back when our family went on a vacation to Domincan Republic I was very tired one day when we were at the pool, and everyone else was swimming, so what grandma did was she pulled a pool chair right next to mine, and put a towl over us and she hugged me and slept with me so I was not alone.

The Mulcahy Family Mulcahy

January 25, 2021

So Sorry for your loss. Sending you our sincere condolences.

The Mulcahy Famly.

Gerald & Betty Thompson

January 24, 2021

Jean always greeted us with a smile and a happy outlook on life. She watched over her mother and father while they lived on Davis Road, then when her father lived alone there and later in her home. Her dedication was an inspiration to those who care for their parents.

Betty & Gerry Thompson

Julie and mark Rush

January 23, 2021

We will always remember you Jean with fondest memories. You were such a lovely lady with a huge heart. You made us welcome each time we met you and we really enjoyed the time we spent with you.
You were so kind to let us stay at your beach house, where we have such wonderful memories of our time there with everyone, we will always treasure these memories.
You have a wonderful family who our hearts go out to at this very sad time.
God bless you dear Jean, sleep peacefully
Love Julie, Mark and family xxxx


January 22, 2021


Gina &Tony Carbone

January 22, 2021

I'm so glad you added a photo because there are so many sandy toed friends I greet regularly and never stop to ask their name. But I know her spirit very well, and I know where she is sitting right now, basking in the sun glow and inhaling the peace with each breath.
Don't be saddened that she is gone, rejoice in the days that she was here.

Honora Futtner

January 22, 2021

On various occasions over many years, I would see Jean who was always a pleasure to chat with. She & her family lived next to my brother's family since the '60's. Also, Jean would come to our roadside stand on Silver Lane. I saw her last in 2019 and she was the same as ever - so caring & engaged, a joy to talk with. My husband & I send the family our sincere condolences. I know there are endless memories to cherish of such a special life.

Amy Taber

January 22, 2021

John and I were so sad to learn that Mrs. Walker had passed away. She was a truly nice lady, who was always glad to see you when we would meet (often in the grocery store). We cannot drive down Hills Street and pass by the Walker house and not have a nice thought or memory of Mrs. Walker. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Walker family at this time. We will alway remember her smile and love that she had for each an every one of you. Amy and John Taber