Kathleen McGuire Obituary

Kathleen "Kay" McGuire

October 15, 1922 - December 31, 2018
Born in New Bedford, Mass.
Resided in New London, con


Kathleen W. McGuire
New London-Kathleen (Walsh) McGuire, 96, passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2018. A native of New Bedford, Mass., Kay lived most of her adult life in New London and was known for her devotion to her family, faith and community. She spent the last few years of her life in Largo, Florida.

Kay loved her family dearly and was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Roland B. McGuire; her parents, Sylvester and Josephine (Reardon) Walsh; and her brother, William M. Walsh. Kay is survived by her sister, Maureen Jeffries of New Bedford, and her children: Dr. Barry (Phyllis) McGuire of West Hartford; Mary Jo (Jim Robinson) McGuire of Seminole, FL; Brian (Rachel) McGuire of New Bern, NC; Ann (Patrick Leahy) McGuire of Cleveland, Ohio; and Maureen (Jeffrey Scheinblum) of Avon. Her grandchildren are: Michael Rubinstein (Brandi Dufault) of Gainesville, FL; Ryan McGuire (Danielle Sarra) of Plainville; Sara (Richard) Dominiak of Collingswood, NJ; Sean McGuire of Stamford; Nora Leahy (Elliott Campanallie) of Lakewood, Ohio; and Seamus Leahy of Cleveland. Her great grandson is Nathaniel Rubinstein and a second great grandchild will be born in April. Kay is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews on the Walsh and McGuire sides of the family as well as countless friends in New London and Florida.

To the very end, Kay’s life was guided by her enduring faith. In New London, she was a communicant at St. Joseph Church where she volunteered at St. Joseph School, was active with the Confraternity of Christian Women and was the first woman to serve on the Parish Council. In Largo, she was a communicant at St. Justin Martyr Parish, where she was honored with reserved seating at the 4 p.m. Mass each Saturday.
While raising her family, Kay was involved with many community organizations including Catholic Charities, the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the New London Community Meal Center. After her husband’s death, Kay worked for 15 years at Catholic Charities in New London, ultimately directing that office, and was a tireless advocate for the poor, especially children. In her retirement, Kay was an active volunteer and board member at the New London Community Meal Center.

Kay was a graduate of Framingham State University and completed training through the U.S. Army during World War II to become a registered dietician. While serving as a lieutenant in the Army, she met her husband (a Navy dentist and New London native). They made their home in New London, where Kay taught home economics at New London High School before they started their family.
Kay’s family extends heartfelt thanks to her many caregivers at Princeton Village, First Light Homecare and Palm Gardens of Largo, Florida. The family suggests that donations in Kay’s memory be made to two non-profits that were especially dear to her heart: the NL Community Meal Center or the Southeastern CT Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SCADD), which was founded by Kay’s brother.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday (Jan. 5th) from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 1:30 at St. Joseph Church, corner of Squire St and Montauk Ave., New London. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Jefferson Avenue, New London.
Condolences can be made online at www.neilanfuneralhome.com




Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Saturday, January 5, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
St. Joseph Church
17 Squire Street
New London, CT US 06320
Saturday, January 5, 2019
1:30 PM
St. Mary Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Saturday, January 5, 2019

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