Jacqueline Joan d'Arc McNamara
August 18, 1928 – December 28, 2020
Jacqueline “Jackie” (Tetreault) McNamara passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, from complications of COVID-19 in Mystic. She was 92.
She was born Aug. 18, 1928 in North Troy, Vt., the daughter of Robert and Marie Tetreault. She married Richard I. McNamara on March 26, 1951. He passed away on Feb. 21, 1984. She was the loving mother of nine children and was predeceased by a son, Matthew J. McNamara, and a daughter, Kathleen A. McNamara, as well as a granddaughter, Hillary Killeen.
She was a homemaker for many years and went to work alongside her husband in their Norwich cafe business in the 1970s when the family moved to Preston. She helped run the business through the 1980s after her husband’s death until her retirement.
She loved the Boston Red Sox and for years had a lively, loving rivalry with her son Matt, who loved the New York Yankees. She loved watching TV game shows and one of the highlights of her life was meeting Bob Barker, the host of her favorite show, “The Price is Right,” in 1994. After her miraculous recovery from a massive stroke in 1987, Jackie moved to Mystic. She resided at two different convalescent centers, where she delighted staffers with her quick and quirky wit and good humor, as well as her ability to bounce back from whatever maladies struck her. She leaves behind seven children, Cheryl Verrastro and her husband, Frank Verrastro, of McLean, Va.; Maureen McNamara Smith of West Willington; Richard I. McNamara Jr., and his wife Joan McNamara, of Atlanta, Ga.; Daniel J. McNamara and his wife, Patricia McNamara, of Venice Fla.; Eileen McNamara and her husband, Thomas Seddon, of East Haddam; John P. McNamara and his wife Cathy McNamara, of North Stonington and Timothy E. McNamara and his wife, Laura Pasick, of Sarasota, Fla.
She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; Chet Santia III of California, Wendy Huber of Virginia, Dr. Courtney Renzo-McNamara of London, James McNamara of Pomfret, MSG Richard McNamara III of Florida, Jocelyn Hamilton of Washington, Adrian Quarto of South Carolina, Bailey Seddon of East Haddam, Owen Killeen of North Carolina, Chloe Seddon of Florida, John McNamara of North Stonington and Liam McNamara of Florida. She had 18 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind four siblings, Daniel Gilbert Tetreault of Feeding Hills, Mass; John Tetreault of West Springfield, Mass.; Rejeanne Nardacci of Westfield Mass. and Jeannine Gould of Myrtle Beach, S.C., along with many nieces and nephews.
Due to COVID-19 limitations funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Pendleton Health and Rehabilitation Center in Mystic for their care and affection for our mother during her years and final days there. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org.
Jacqueline Joan d'Arc McNamara
Debra (Letourneau) Taylor
December 31, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Aunt Jackie as I remember her was a wonderful, full of life funny person. When I think about her it puts a smile on my my face of the memories of when we were together.
December 30, 2020
Though her family will miss her - Hoping there is peace in knowing she lived a life filled with so much laughter and love-I am sure heaven’s laughter is rumbling as loud as thunder now. Much love to my cousins and all of Aunt Jackie’s family,