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Our beautiful mother passed away peacefully on August 5th, just a few weeks short of her 100th birthday. She had a very busy life, marrying Dr. James Tynan after graduating from St. Mary’s nursing school in 1943. Together they raised nine children at their home on Hitchcock Lake. There she ran her husband's medical practice as both his nurse and secretary. She was truly a physician's assistant. Patients would call her for advice on caring for their babies.
She started Waterbury’s first adult day care center at Oakcliff Convalescent Home owned by Pat and Ray Cruess. She testified about that needed service to the CT legislature and inspired other such programs.
She had a strong Irish Catholic faith that sustained her during difficult losses. She was a founding member of St. Pius X Church.
Our mom became a widow at age 48 with nine children, ranging from age 7 to 27. As a daughter of the depression, she sheltered, fed, and educated her children following her husband’s untimely death.
In retirement she traveled extensively and wintered in Florida. She enjoyed the Wolcott Senior Center, where she was usually playing bridge. Her happiest times however were spent at large family gatherings.
She is survived by her children James, Richard (Roseanne), William (Janet), Marita Calabro, Gerald and Brian (Darlene) and daughter in law, Jill. She is predeceased by her sons, Charles, John and Ned Tynan and son in law Francis Calabro Jr. and two daughter in laws Joanne Tynan and Debbie Gregory. She is also predeceased by sisters, Eileen Bousquet and Shirley Miller and brothers, Jack and Christopher Walsh and by two dear friends, Laura Ledue and Jennie Floridia. She is survived by cousins Robert and Ann Walsh and Marty and Helene Sweeney, sister in law Jean Walsh and brother in law Gerald Bousquet. She is also survived by dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren, and one great, great granddaughter who will cherish the memories of special times spent with her.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, August 9th, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Pius X Church (St. Basil the Great Parish). Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury. Friends may visit with Mae’s family from 8:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday morning.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Wolcott charitable organization of your choice.