Jean Catheryn Harkins Reilly, 80, formerly of Norwood Ave. and Delsole Rd., Hamden, died Wed., July 7, at the Hospice at Coes Pond in Worcester, MA after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Matthew A. Reilly, the daughter of the late Milton W. and Mary Kelleher Harkins and was born on May 12, 1924 in New Haven. She lived in Hamden for most of her life until her recent move to Shrewsbury. She was employed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield/Anthem as a claims representative, managed Broker's Casuals, and worked for the Hamden National Bank, SNET and other businesses before her retirement in 1986. She was a veteran stationed at the US Naval Hospital in Brooklyn from 1944-46. As an active community member at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, she sat on the Board of Friends of the Hamden Library and volunteered at Edgerton Gardens and the Hamden Beautification Committee, and many other community service organizations. She is survived by her children; Jane and James Allen of Groton, MA; Kathleen Morrow Reilly and Lance Morrow of South Orange, NJ; and James A. and Kathryn D. Reilly of Shrewsbury, MA and seven grandchildren. She will be missed by her many dear friends and relatives. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Sat., July 10 at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 10 a.m. Interment in Centerville Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. Contributions in Jean's memory may be made to St. Joseph Residence - Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082.

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  1. I knew Jean from her Blue Cross days. She retired and a lost track of her until the past year or so when I would run into her at Miller Memorial Library. She always had a smile and encouraging words for me (I had been laid off).I admire her service to our country. What a trailblazer!

  2. We will miss our dear cousin, Jean. All her Kelleher cousins were so fond of Jean & Matt. We regret that we are unable to pay our personal respects to Jane, Jim & Kathy and their families. We will remember her children & grandchildren in our daily prayers. Love & much sympathy…. Ray & Betty

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