Mary Jane (Anderson) Gorman, born in New Haven, CT June 21, 1929. Wife of Edward F. Gorman, Jr. Daughter of the late William C. and Wilhelmina (Gaul) Anderson. Survived by daughter Karen Ann (Robert) Galluzzo of Meriden and sons Edward F. (Joanne) Gorman III of Killingworth and Carl W. Gorman of Hamden. Also survived by five grandchildren, Michael and Krystina Galluzzo of Meriden, Lindsay, Kevin, and Patrick Gorman of Killingworth, and several neices and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter Deborah, her parents, brothers William J. Anderson, George E. Anderson and sister Genevieve A. Welch. Mary Jane was a graduate of Commercial High School of New Haven. She was a secretary for the Hamden Board of Education for 21 years. She was an artist and enjoyed painting landscapes, seascapes and animals in oil paints, charcoal and chalk, pen and ink sketches and pastels. An avid baker especially at Christmas time baking German Christmas Stollen and over 2, 000 cookies from recipes she gathered from around the world. These treats would be given to her friends and neighbors. She also delighted her grandchildren with personalized birthday cakes she painstakingly decorated with cartoon characters or animals of their choosing. Mary Jane enjoyed gardening and always had a vegetable garden and shared with family and friends. Also a lover of animals and birds, she always had a feeder full of seeds year round which she enjoyed not only the birds but the squirrels and chipmunks. Although not a member of the Hamden Elks Lodge, she was instrumental in initiating the Children's Easter Egg Hunt and the Christmas Giving Tree whose gifts were given to the underprivileged youths in the area. She was a contributor to Animal Haven (where she adopted two of her dogs), various Disabled Veteran Organizations, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Koman Breast Cancer, Christian Appalacian Project, St. Labre Indian School, Southwest Indian Children's Fund, American Indian Relief Council, Best Friends Animal Society and Juvenile Diabetes. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN Monday Dec. 12. at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 10 a.m. Friends may visit with her family Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Interment in All Saints Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Animal Haven 89 Mill Rd., North Haven, CT 06473

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  1. Ed and Jo our heartfelt condolences go out to you and the kids. We know what you are experiencing so you can count on us for a good shoulder to lean on. Paul, Judy, Michael and Brian

  2. Dear Ed & Family, so sorry to hear about Mary Jane. She was a very generous & giving person. She always gave 110% to whatever she was working on at the Elks. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Loretta & Carl

  3. To Mary’s Family: On behalf of the Helen Street School retirees, I’d like to extend my condolences to you at this time. It was always a pleasure to see Mary at our luncheons and to reminisce about old times. On a personal note, I first met Mary when I was teaching at Alice Peck School and she worked in the library. When the school closed, we both moved to Helen Street. It was nice to have a familiar face in a new school and one who could share the wonderful memories we had at Alice Peck. Mary will be greatly missed by all of us.

  4. Dear Mr Gorman and family espicially Carl,I am so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. She was such a great lady and I always loved her notes on her cardinal paper she would send for her banking needs. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Mary Perrotti (formely of Bank of America North Haven Branch)

  5. Ed and family – gee I almost wrote kids – Just to let you know I share in your loss. Such pleasant memories of her from when I was your next-door neighbor through much of my childhood. She was a special person and I will always remember her that way.

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