Mary McGrath Foley

Published on Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:58


Mary McGrath Foley, 93 of Middlewoods of Newington entered her eternal life with our Lord on Saturday (June 17, 2017).

Born in New Britain, Conn., She was the daughter of the late John V. and  Laura (Roy) McGrath. Mary was the beloved wife of Walter E. Foley who predeceased her in July of 1999.

Mary was employed at The New Britain General Hospital, The New Britain Herald, and Skinner Valve, a division of Honeywell Inc., from which she retired after seventeen years as a benefits administrator.

After retirement, Mary and her husband moved from Newington to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1987 where Mary was very active in the bridge circles. Mary’s love and dedication to playing bridge led her to playing at many prestigious bridge clubs in Palm Beach: memberships at Mar-A-Lago, The Sailfish Club, and The Beach Club. She was an officer at Los Amigos Bridge Club, and an officer in the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.

Returning to Connecticut, Mary’s love of bridge continued by playing with her special bridge club friends.

Mary is survived by one son, Robert J. Foley and his wife, Elisse, of Newington; a daughter, Deborah M. Gombotz, and her husband, Ronald, of Kensington. Mary also leaves two grandsons, Michael Foley and his wife, Susan, and Robert J. Foley Jr. and his wife, Rebecca. Mary also leaves four great-granddaughters, all of Boston, Mass. She also is survived by a loving sister, Anne Fields, of Berlin.

Besides her husband, Walter, Mary was predeceased by a son, Michael G. Foley; a sister, Dorothy D’Ambrosio; and a brother, John V. McGrath Jr.

Mary leaves many nieces and nephews.

While residing at Middlewoods, she was appointed as an officer of the resident council. Mary eagerly participated in many activities including Wii bowling and various card games where she made many new friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at Middlewoods and the Connecticut Hospice in Branford for their continued support and care of our mother.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday (June 20, 2017) starting at 9:30 a.m. from the Farrell Funeral Home, 110 Franklin Square, New Britain with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 195 So. Main St., New Britain, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Padre Pio Foundation, 463 Main Street, Cromwell, CT 06416; American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854; Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492; or to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, on Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:58. Updated: Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:00.