Irma M. Leary

irma leary
Irma M. Leary, 91, wife of the late William T. Leary, passed away on April 28, 2007 while living with her niece Gail Piccola in Wewahitchka, FL. She was born on October 26, 1915 to the late Dana and Ethel Smith Macdonald. Irma leaves her daughter Georgia Nichols of Bethany, grandsons William S. Nichols of Bethany and Robert B. Nichols of Safety Harbor, FL, great grandchildren Josh, Jack and Spencer Nichols of Darien and Aidan and Dilan Nichols of Bethany. She also leaves her grand nephew Lee Piccola, and great grand niece Amanda Piccola of Wewahitchka, FL, niece Adrienne Macdonald and grand niece Laura Sims of North Haven, and niece Patricia Macdonald of San Francisco, CA. She was predeceased by son-in-law Spencer Nichols and siblings Georgia Ahern, Lyla Macdonald, Kay Sund, Hazel Gitzler, Malcolm Macdonald, and Elmer Macdonald. Irma, affectionately known as "Gom", raised her family in Connecticut until she retired from Savitt Jewelers in 1979 and moved to Florida. She always enjoyed doing the Charles Preston Crossword Puzzles and after her retirement took up painting. Irma was loved by all who knew her. She was loving and considerate. Whether Gom was being a mom, grandmother, aunt, or friend she was completely dedicated. She cherished her time spent with the children in her family. Irma touched many lives with her kindness and will be missed by all. Funeral service Friday, May 4th at 9:30 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions in Irma's name may be sent to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. Bob Nichols and Family, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are and always will be in my thoughts and in my prayers. Love Dottie

  2. To Irma’s Family, I want to send my deepest condolences on the passing of Irma. I read her obituary with great sadness and remember her fondly. I was her hairdresser at Cavaliere’s Beauty Salon in New Haven during the 60’s and 70’s. She was one of my favorite customers and often talked about her family, especially Georgia. As her obituary read, she touched many lives with her kindness and mine was one of them. I am happy to have known her and I’m sure she will be missed by all. Joanne (Renee) Ludwig

  3. To the Nichols Family, relatives and friends of Gom, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May your great memories and the strength you will find in your family, friends and faith be a comfort to each of you. Frank and Libby Barnett

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