Marylee A. Hickey

July 14, 1952October 12, 2018

Marylee A. Hickey, 66, of East Hartford and Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 12, 2018 in Florida. Born in Hartford on July 14, 1952, a daughter of Mary (Heldmann) Hickey and the late LP Morton Hickey, Jr., she had been a life-long resident of East Hartford prior to moving to Florida in 2015 to enjoy her retirement. Marylee was a graduate of East Catholic High School in Manchester, Class of 1970, and St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Class of 1974 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education/Special Education. She later received her Master’s Degree in Education also from St. Joseph College. Prior to her retirement in 2011, Marylee was a Special Education teacher for 37 years for the town of East Hartford Board of Education, teaching at East Hartford High School, O’Brien Elementary School, and Pitkin Elementary School. During her years at O’Brien Elementary School, she was the “double-dutch jump roping” coach for several years. Marylee was a loyal member of the Republican Party in East Hartford and served the town of East Hartford as a Town Councilor from November 1987 through November 2001. While on the Town Council, she served on the Ordinance Committee, Fees Committee, Personnel & Pensions Subcommittee, and the East Hartford EMS commission. Marylee leaves behind her very dear friend and companion, Ron Wilson of East Hartford; her mother, Mary Heldmann Hickey of Wesley Chapel, FL; her caring sister, Jane (Hickey) Tyler and her husband Craig of San Antonio, FL; one adored niece, Rebecca (Fortin) Caven and her husband Andrew of Wesley Chapel, FL and their son Noah; two cherished nephews, Michael Fortin and his wife Stephanie of Vernon and their son Matthew, Daniel Fortin and his wife Ece of New Britain; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her grandparents, Levi PM Hickey and Ruth (Stillman) Hickey; and George and Mary (Noonan) Heldmann. While her love of children is evident by her teaching career, her dedication and support to Becca, Mike and Dan was unwavering. Marylee was like a second mother to them and a second “Auntie” to all their friends. Her holiday pies baked with the children were a neighborhood tradition enjoyed by many.

Funeral service will be Saturday (October 20th) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of Peace campus of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 370 May Road, East Hartford. (Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Saturday morning). Burial will follow at Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford. Marylee’s family will receive relatives and friends on Friday (October 19th) from 4 – 7 p.m. at the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. Memorial contributions in Marylee’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


  • Public Visitation Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, October 20, 2018

Marylee A. Hickey

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Laura Phillipe

October 19, 2018

My cousin, Marylee shared her time and compassion with my family by babysitting me and my three brothers shortly after my father died. Just a young adult herself at the time, her kindness and generous spirit brought hope to our grieving mother and helped us all.

As a teenager, I asked Marylee to be my Sponsor for Confirmation. We were asked to pick someone who did their best to live out their faith in her daily life. And Marylee did exactly that even as a young woman. She will be missed!

Laura ( Dooley) Phillipe

Mary Beth Hanley

October 19, 2018

Dear Mrs. Hickey and Jane and Family;
My deepest sympathies to you on the death of your precious Mary Lee. I remember her as always being funny and warm and quick to laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I am sure Mary Lee is happy and at peace with her Dad in heaven. God bless and keep you all in his loving care.

Mary Beth Hanley and Family

Sarah Bryce Smith

October 19, 2018

Mary & Family
So very sorry to hear of Marylee's passing. My thought's and prayers are with you and the entire family during this sad time