February 7, 1936 ~ July 24, 2020

Born in: Derby, CT
Resided in: Bethany, CT

Mary Josephine Carney, age 84, wife of the late John Carney and beloved daughter of the late Denis and Mary (Sheehan) Kelleher, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020. Born in Derby on February 7, 1936, Mary grew up in Ansonia. She was the loving sister of Catherine Belanger, Ann Folger, and the late John Kelleher, Margaret Bean, and Denis Neal Kelleher. She was sincerely loved by her many nieces and nephews; Denis, Arthur, Florian, Lisa, Brian, David, Lisa, David, Peter, Susan, and the late Jeffrey, and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

“Mary Jo” graduated from the Assumption School, Ansonia, Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury, and Quinnipiac University. She was employed by many doctor’s offices over the years, where she served as a faithful Office Manager. Her latest employment had been with Dr. Eric Fan in New Haven, who remarked how wonderfully she operated the office and always knew how to help. Mary Jo was an active member of the Our Lady of the Assumption Church, where she sang in the choir. She loved family gatherings, especially her special visits to Country Aire to visit her great-niece Autumn and great-nephew Connor. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Friends may visit with her family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Monday, July 27th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Woodbridge at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 28th. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery. Contributions in Mary Jo’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart High School, 142 South Elm St., Waterbury, CT 06706, Assumption School, 51 North Cliff St., Ansonia, CT 06401, or Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525.

Services

Visitation: July 27, 2020 3:00 pm - July 27, 2020 5:00 pm

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

203-288-0800
www.beecherandbennett.com

Mass of Christian Burial: July 28, 2020 11:00 am

Our Lady of the Assumption Church
81 Center Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525


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  1. Rest In Peace Mary Jo . She was my mother’s oldest friend .i have such wonderful memories of MJ and Jack .
    With sadness ,
    Anne Hyland O’Keefe

  2. We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mary Jo. She was a dear friend to my Mother since elementary school and was my Godmother. She was a kind person and will be missed.

  3. We are so saddened to hear of the loss of such a sweet person. Mary Jo was always kind to everyone. She will be sadly missed and remain in our prayers.
    Mary Jo’s classmates – Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury, CT
    Class of 1954

  4. Mary Jo was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. We knew her from Dr. Fan’s office, and she was always very sweet and extremely competent. Mary Jo was truly outstanding and a great example for all of us.

    Deepest condolences,
    Juan and Susana

  5. My dad James Hageman was Jack Carney 1St cousin. Jack was in my dad and moms wedding. My family would visit with Jack and MaryJo through the years. MaryJo was very kind and gentle. She loved my parents. She visited with my mom Mary prior to her passing at 97. She was devoted to her career, family and friends. She is with our Lord watching over us. Our sincere sympathies to everyone. Especially Lisa and David and family. With love and prayers. Candy and Rick

  6. I know Mary Jo from Dr Eric Fan’s office. She was always kind and gentle and caring. When my husband passed away 9 years ago, she was particularly attentive to me. She talked to me about the grief process, she encouraged me to try new avenues in my life and she was always willing to listen when I wanted to talk about my husband. I will never forget her kindness and compassion.
    Rest in peace Mary Jo. You will be missed and never forgotten.

  7. My deepest sympathy to Mary Jo’s family. Katherine and Ann, remembering our old neighborhood and all our childhood friends. A long time ago…..but never forgotten.

  8. My husband Marc and I are patients of Dr Fan’s now for many years. And part of going to Dr Fan’s office is visiting with Mary Joe. She was a delightful person, precise and detail oriented. At a time when so many offices are becoming impersonal, Mary Joe was just the opposite. She made you feel like family, always pleased to see you. She was a kind and thoughtful person and when you walked out of that office you always felt things were in good hands. She was a true lady and I shall miss her. May she rest in peace.

  9. My husband Bruce and I are patients of Dr. Fan and part of the whole visit was talking with MaryJo and catching up with her on little stories.
    I am sorry to learn of her passing and know that for her entire family and her friends that memories of her will be a blessing.

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