Allyson Cleary Obituary

Allyson Marie Cleary
Allyson Marie Cleary

November 4, 1971 - January 8, 2018
Born in Springfield, MA
Resided in Old Lyme, Connecticut


Allyson Marie Cleary, of Old Lyme Connecticut passed away on January 8, 2018 at her home.

Allyson (Aly) was born November 4, 1971 in Springfield, MA. the daughter of Joseph G. Cleary of Old Lyme Connecticut and Denice L.(Bagley) Emery- Ferrero of Agawam Massachusetts.
Growing up Aly was involved in several different activities such as dance classes, and baton twirling amateur competitions. She completed her elementary education at Holy Cross School in New Britain, Ct. before moving back to Agawam with her parents.

Aly was a 1989 graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA, and in 1993 earned her associate’s degree as a legal assistant from Bay Path College in Longmeadow Massachusetts. While a student at Bay Path, Aly was very involved in the theater department working behind the scenes and was considered a great asset to the success of the productions.
She was employed many years at Greenberg Traurig, law firm in Orlando Florida, before moving to Philadelphia. It was there that she also developed a love for writing and cooking. Ultimately, Aly was able to turn her passions into real life success when she became the founder and publisher of the well known blog, “Cooking In Stilettos.”

Some of Aly’s most treasured moments include her time spent on and with her Dancin’ on Air/Dance Party USA friends, her law/music/cooking and PR friends with whom she had maintained lifelong friendships.
Allyson is survived by her mother and father, her maternal grandmother, Mary Bagley of Agawam, her Uncle and Aunt, David and Deya Cleary of California, her step father Michael Ferrero, her step brother and step sister, her many loving nieces and nephews, and her love pug, Jeffie and her feisty feline, Shadow.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday (Jan. 15th) from 5-7 pm at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday (Jan. 16th) at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington Street, in New London, CT. Interment will follow St. Mary Cemetery, Jefferson Ave., New London.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Pug Rescue of Florida at





Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Monday, January 15, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
10 Huntington Street
New London, CT US 06320
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:00 AM

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