Grace Haggerty (nee Kelly), age 94, passed away peacefully on May 7, in New Milford.
Born in Brooklyn in 1926, she met the love of her life and her soulmate, Bob, while students together at St Jerome’s grammar school. They married when Bob returned from World War II and spent the next 59 years together, until his death in 2005.
As their family grew, they built their first home in Massapequa Park, N.Y., in 1954, and later relocated to Sandy Hook in 1970.
Throughout her life, Grace was a devout Catholic, a daily communicant and Eucharistic Minister at St Rose of Lima Church in Newtown. She said the Rosary and spent many hours each day praying for special intentions requested by family and friends.
Grace was a homemaker and proud mom to her five children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She also volunteered her time at Birthright of Greater Danbury for several years.
In addition to her husband Robert, she was predeceased by her son, Kevin; grandson, Michael Haggerty; and great-grandsons, William and Conor Rein.
She is survived by her children, Diane and William Rein of Amityville, N.Y., Laura and Dave Martell of New Milford, Christopher and Elaine Haggerty of Woodbury, and Robert and Gisele Haggerty also of New Milford.
Grace leaves behind her grandchildren, William Rein, Heather Prusakowski, Kelly Murphy, Aimee Stohr, Nick and Michael Haggerty, and Greg and Cory Russo. Grandma Grace will be sorely missed by her great-grandchildren, Makayla, Quinn, Molly, Dylan, Maeve, Liam, Finn, and Bode.
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as her cousin, Barbara Knight Padula.
Her family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the entire staff at Candlewood Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in New Milford. Each and every one of you is considered a part of the Haggerty family. Thank you for the love you have shown “Gracie” during the last four years of her life and allowing her to dance to her heart’s content every day!
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 12, at St Rose of Lima Church, Newtown, at 11 am.
Interment will follow at St Rose of Lima Cemetery, Newtown, where her remains will be buried next to her beloved husband, Bob.