Elsie M. MacNeil

elsie macneil

October 2, 1927 ~ November 29, 2023

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Worcester, MA

Elsie Mary MacNeil, 96, of Worcester, MA passed away on November 29th, 2023, after a short illness. Elsie was born in the Morris Cove area of New Haven, CT October 2nd, 1927, to William Douglas MacLeman and Ruby May Vincent. Elsie was a long-time resident of 21 Clovervale Lane in Cheshire, CT (1956-1998), where she raised a family and was a vibrant member of St. Bridget’s and St. Thomas Becket churches. She was later a resident of Silverbrook Estates in Orange, CT before moving to Colony III Retirement Homes in Worcester, MA in 2016. Elsie is survived by a son, Wayne Peter MacNeil and daughter-in-law Helena Van der Heijden MacNeil, of Boylston, MA, a daughter, Lynda Noble MacNeil of San Jose, California, and a sister, Ruth Bush of Guilford, CT, as well as many nieces and nephews. Elsie was pre-deceased by her husband, Eugene Peter MacNeil of New Haven, CT, who passed away in 2010 and a brother, Douglas MacLeman, of West Haven, CT. She was also pre-deceased by two daughters, Dawn Susan (1954-1958) and Robin Mara (1958-1982).

Elsie’s ancestors go back to the founding of the New Haven colony with Puritan Reverend John Davenport’s party that arrived from England by the ship “Hector” in 1638. Her ancestor, John Vincent was an original signer of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement, the document which established the New Haven colony.

Elsie grew up in Hamden, CT and graduated from Hamden High School in 1945. Her nickname, “Red,” came from her bright red hair (just like her mother). She was a member of the school Dance Club and was proud to be chosen as the drum majorette for the Hamden High School Marching band. She was also a member of the Volunteer Disaster Corps during WWII. She became executive secretary to the then President of Second National Bank of New Haven, working in that capacity until marriage and raising a family. Later Elsie worked for SNET (Southern New England Telephone Company) as an editor for the company’s internal newsletter. She also worked as an administrator for an eye doctor (Dr. Silverstone) and held a part-time position at one time with J.C. Penney’s Hamden Customer Service. However, most of Elsie’s time after marriage was devoted to her family, including the care of two handicapped children, Dawn and Robin.

Elsie was raised as a Protestant but converted to a Catholic before marrying. She was a devout Christian who believed strongly in her faith. In her later years, she suffered blindness from advanced macular degeneration, yet still organized music for and led a weekly rosary group where she lived. Elsie’s life was touched by many with her generosity and caring for others. She was very thoughtful and had friendships with many people throughout her life.

Another side to her personality was the need for private time. For her, that was often prayer but also time spent gardening, which she would often do tirelessly, reading poetry, or watching wild birds in nature. Elsie will be dearly missed by the many who knew her.

Elsie’s funeral will be held on Thursday, December 7th, 2023 at 9 a.m. from Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden followed by her Mass of Christian Burial, to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Paul VI Parish/Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Friends may also visit with her family at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, December 6th from 5-8 p.m. Her burial will take place on Friday, December 8th at 11 a.m. at St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave., West Haven.


Visitation: December 6, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: December 7, 2023 10:00 am

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
2819 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Graveside Service: December 8, 2023 11:00 am

St. Lawrence Cemetery
280 Derby Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

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  1. I offer my deepest condolences to Wayne, Helena, Lynda and Ruth at this memorable time. Elsie has gone home to our Lord and has been reunited with her husband Gene, her brother Douglas and her two precious daughters Dawn and Robin. May God bless you all.

  2. Please accept our condolences for your loss. We hope you find comfort knowing that Aunt Elsie is at peace and with the loved ones that have gone before. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  3. We offer our deepest condolences to uncle Wayne, aunt Helga, Lynda and everybody els who have Elsie in there heart at this memorable time. Our thoughts are with you all ♡ Lots of Love from Koen, Sammy-Jo & Jacky-Jo.

  4. Dear uncle Wayne, aunt Helga, Lynda, Ruth,

    We offer our deepest condolences, we all wish we could be there in person to offer our support, know that our thoughts and heart are with you all.

    Much love for us all!

  5. It is with a heavy heart I extend my deepest sympathy to my first and dearest friend, Lynda and her brother, Wayne. She was like a second mother to me, spending so much time at their home growing up. As an early, riser, I was knocking at their door early in the morning so Lynda and I can play, frequently, waking Mrs MacNeil, as I lovingly called her, up. She never asked me to visit later, but always welcomed me into her home. I spent much time, not only with Lynda, but my dear friend Robin, who although unable to be a typical child, had much love in her heart and was trusted by Mrs, MacNeil to care for her when she had errands to run. Mrs MacNeil was my partner in sunbathing in their backyard, teaching me how to get the darkest tan with aluminum foil, oil and iodine. Always worked for me, an olive skinned Italian, but tough on the fair skinned redhead. To this day, I continue to enjoy that activity and always think of her enjoying that vice. She also always supported our summer activities whether it was performing for the neighborhood and nursing homes in our plays, taking guitar lessons together, or selling paper flowers to raise monies for non- profits. She was always the first person I would visit when I came home from college and subsequently relocated. Elsie MacNeil will always live on in my heart. Love to all. Marilyn Abate Walters❤️

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