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“Our sincere sympathy to your family on your loss.Mrs. Pat Murray & family of Trumbull, Connecticut ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Pat Murray - Trumbull, CT

“Dear Vincent and Family we are sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your Family in our prayers. ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Lois & Bob Bestercy - SpringHill, FL

“Dear Vincent and family Our deepest sympathy on learningof the passing of Mary. You are in our thoughts and prayers and masses.May she rest in God'...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Dominick and Helene Sorge - MA

“My sympathy and prayers to the Donnelly family. I knew her when she was a volunteer and friend at CT Auduvon. She was a happy, caring, and...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Kris Boucher

“Dear Vince, Sympthy to yoy and your family.Anne Connolly-Perler ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Anne Connolly-Perler - Shelton, CT

“Dear Dr. Donnelly and Family, My sincere condolences on the loss of Mrs. Donnelly. I never had the pleasure of meeting her but my brother Bob always...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy DiStasi (Mastronardi) - CT

“Thinking of the entire Donnelly clan, and sending both condolences and prayers. I will never forget Mrs. Donnelly's class and kindness. May she rest...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Diane Doolan

“Dr. Donnelly,My sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family on the loss of your dear wife. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Maureen O'Keefe - Trumbull, CT

“Alison and I just heard and we're very sorry to hear about Mrs. Donnelly's. God bless for a life well lived. Richard and Alison Gallagher ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Richard Gallagher

“Sydney, I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother. Her amazing spirit will live on through you. ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Dee Dolesh

“Sydney, you look so much like your lovely Mom. Sorry for your pain. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Dan Clary

“Our Prayers for a really great lady The Flynn Family Fairfield ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Kevin Flynn

“Dear Dr. Vince and family, my deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your wife / mother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Monsignor Blase Gintoli - FL

“So sad to hear of Mary's passing, though she's going to a better place, probably to sit on a wonderful beach forever! Alice Flynn ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Donnelly family, Your mom was a blessing to all of us kids. Her door was always open, and her smile warmed our hearts. She will be missed. ...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Lauren Flesher

“We send our love to all of you during this difficult time. There are so many stories to be told. What a wonderful woman she was! She lived a full and...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Jane & Jamie Morrison

“We are so sad to hear of Mary's passing. We are thinking of you all, and send our heartfelt condolences on your loss. ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Tanya and Rod Morrison

“Dear Vince & the entire Donnelly family,My deepest condolences to you all. Mary was a lovely woman and I enjoyed our chats when I worked in the...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Linda (Mack) Graham - Milford, CT

“So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She was a wonderful lady! Thinking of you all ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Stacie and Ed Nicholls

“We are deeply saddened by your family's loss. Please accept our sincere condolences.Dr. Iftikhar and Anne Marie Syed ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Iftikhar and Anne Marie Syed - NY

“Offering our sympathies at this time. ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: The Staff of Lesko-Polke Funeral Home - CT

“To the wonderful Donnelly family -I am so saddened t hear this news, every one of you are in my thoughts.She was always so very warm and welcoming to...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Eisenmenger - Brookfield, CT


Mary Elizabeth Morrison Donnelly, of New Milford, Conn., formerly of Fairfield, Conn., died June 29, 2017, at her home at Candlewood Lake Club, surrounded by her family, including her husband of 63 years, Dr. Vincent Donnelly, and her seven adoring children. She was 87. Mary was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on March 13, 1930, to Ewen and Ann Morrison. While growing up, she lived adventurously, learning to swim with the seals in Northwest Arm of Halifax, and obtaining her pilot’s license in order to fly Piper Cubs. Mary attended Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in Montreal, where her lifelong love story began. There, she met American Vincent Donnelly, who was attending medical school at McGill University. Their shared sense of humor and adventure created an instant connection, and they were married on her birthday in 1954. After the birth of their first two daughters, the couple moved to the United States and first moved to Bridgeport, Conn., where Vincent began his more than 50-year career as a surgeon and teacher at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and Mary embarked on her lifelong journey, raising her seven children. The family ultimately settled in Fairfield, where they lived for the next 45 years. Mary was a true caretaker, well beyond her career as a nurse. She opened her heart and home to friends, family, and strangers alike, all of whom were charmed by her grace and moved by her generosity. She was an involved member of the Fairfield community for decades. She was a member of Our Lady of Assumption Parish, worked tirelessly with the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Vincent’s Hospital, and was a passionate volunteer at the Fairfield Audubon Society and the Mill River Wetlands Committee. She will be remembered most of all for her love of dancing; her passion for gatherings with friends and family; driving too fast; and swimming in all weather. In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by her sister, Christine Morrison MacGillivary (and Robert) of Halifax, Nova Scotia; her children, Shawn O’Sullivan (and Patrick) of Fairfield, Tertia Goodwin of London, England, Caroline Erni (and Doug) of Irvington, NY, Peter Donnelly (and Kim) of Brookfield, CT, Michael Donnelly (and Pat) of Glastonbury, CT, James Donnelly (and Mary) of Monroe, CT, and Sydney Leggett (and Chris) of Gilford, NH; and 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. directly at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, followed by burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Vincent’s Medical Foundation, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606. For travel directions or to sign her online guest register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com