Mary Jane Grelle-McGaffin, 58, passed away unexpectedly on March 22, 2016 with her husband and best friend of 25 years, David McGaffin, by her side. She was born in New Haven on September 29, 1957 to the late Richard & Joyce Rice Grelle. Besides her husband, Mary Jane will be remembered by her brothers, Richard (Mary Jo) & Frank Grelle; her beloved nieces and their husbands, Mary & Geoff Mattheis and Katie & Matt Dwyer; her great nephew, Dustin; and her dear friends, Anne Murphy, Janet Esposito, Laura Marshall, Bonnie Holt, & Pammy Rosa. Mary Jane grew up in West Haven before moving to Hamden where she had worked for Walgreens for the last 25 years. She also had a love for words which she inherited from her grandmother and great-grandmother. Although never published, Mary Jane wrote several stories and loved to read. She had an appreciation for history and was the Secretary for many years of the Mt. Carmel Burial Grounds. She enjoyed tending to her plants and always looked forward to shopping trips with Dave. Her family would like to give a special 'Thank You' to Rev. Charlene & Rev. Bill at St. Raphael's Hospital for their support and guidance. Friends are invited to visit with her family on Tuesday, March 29th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden followed by a Funeral Service Celebrating her life at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Burial Grounds. Contributions in Mary Jane's memory may be sent to the charity of one's choice. To send a condolence to her family please see www.beecherandbennett.com

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  1. I am very sorry that Maryanne is gone especially so suddenly. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone especially my brother David. Wish I could come down there for services but at this time I cannot. Mary Jane was like another sister to all of us.

    Margaret McGaffin neff

  2. I grew up next door to Mary Jane (we called her Janie back then) in West Haven. My mom Jean Thompson called this morning to tell me this news, and she asked that I send her condolences as well because she is having computer difficulties and cannot do it herself. We are very sorry for your loss, Dave, Roy, Frank and all the rest of the family. She was a very happy person to be around and always seemed to enjoy the simple pleasures. Much love, Mary (Thompson) Kisaka in Los Angeles

  3. I miss you dearly MaryJane, Sunday morning coffee will never be the same. Love and Prayers for David. Love, Jan

  4. I was so sorry to see Mary Jane passed away! She was a close friend through high school. And, David, my prayers are with you and your family.

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