Jeanne (Sheehy) Farrell


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 Beloved Mother & Avid Red Sox Fan

          WATERBURY - Jeanne (Sheehy) Farrell, 84, formally of Waterbury passed away May 15, 2020 at Buttonwood Healthcare in Massachusetts from complications of COVID 19.  She was the widow of R. Gregg Farrell.

          Jeanne was born in Waterbury on December 27, 1935 daughter of the late William & Nora (Sullivan) Sheehy and where she lived most of her life. She grew up with five brothers and sisters and remained close to them throughout her life. She attended St. Peter and Paul’s Grammar School, Waterbury Catholic High and was a graduate of Marymount College.

          Jeanne always fondly remembered her first year of teaching in Barcelona Spain as well as traveling through Europe with her mother and sister Evelyn.

          She continued teaching first grade in Waterbury till she retired in 1998. She liked to joke she could never make it out of first grade. Family was most important to Jeanne and she cherished spending time with them, especially her only daughter Marita. She and her husband Gregg enjoyed taking scenic drives through Connecticut and they never missed a celebratory birthday or anniversary at The 1249 Restaurant or later on Carmen Anthony’s.

          Jeanne loved to walk. She was always on the go and looked forward to every holiday, family gathering or party where she could enjoy the company of friends and family.

          She was most often described as a very giving person who was always happy to offer a ride to a doctor’s appointment, pick up some groceries, or visit a sick friend.  She was generous with her time and would often stop by a friend’s house just to say hi and chat a bit.

          Later in life she moved to Massachusetts to be closer to her daughter. They enjoyed dining out, listening to music and routing for their beloved Red Sox.  Nothing made her happier than a Red Sox win and a Yankee loss. Next time the Red Sox beat the Yankees, think of Jeanne and smile.

          It was difficult when Jeanne contracted COVID 19 and her daughter could not be with her. Marita’s greatest solace during this time was the exceptional care Jeanne received from the healthcare workers at Framingham Union Hospital and Buttonwood Healthcare.  Also, heartfelt thanks to Jeanne’s roommate June at Buttonwood. After hearing calls between Marita and Jeanne where they sometimes sang to each other, June spent the last two nights of Jeanne’s life holding her hand and singing to her. Marita and all those who loved Jeanne find this kindness a fitting tribute to a woman who gave so much and who will be so dearly missed.

          Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Marita J. Farrell of Boston, 2 sisters, Sister Catherine Sheehy and Sister Anita Sheehy both of West Hartford, a sister-in-law, Patricia Sheehy of Prospect and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sisters, Evelyn Duble and Marita Sheehy, who died as an infant, and 2 brothers, William Sheehy and his wife Margaret and Stephen Sheehy.

          Funeral Services were held in New St. Joseph Cemetery with Rev. James Sullivan, Pastor of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception officiating. The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St. was in charge of arrangements.

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