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Jean Donnelly

June 16, 1937 — August 28, 2021

Jean Donnelly

Jean Carol Donnelly, nee Goodwin, 84 of Brandon, FL formerly of Southington, CT passed away peacefully in the loving care of her family on August 28th after a long battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Jean was born on June 16, 1937 in Bridgeport, CT to the late Joseph F and Barbara D Goodwin, nee Beres. After moving to Utica, NY in her senior year in High School, she graduated from St. Francis De Sales High School in 1955 and went on to secretary school which she parlayed into an amazing career culminating in retiring as an executive assistant from the General Electric Corporation in 2004.

Jean is survived by four children, Gail and Matt Quinn of Brandon, FL, Thomas J. Donnelly of Brandon, FL, Tracey and Michael Pisko of Plantsville, CT and Sean and Rene Donnelly of Wethersfield, CT; nine grandchildren, Matthew, Drew, Thom, Casey, Katie, Jayelind, Griffin, Quinn, Elle and six great- grandchildren, Owsley, Kenzie, Sawyer, Seamus, Huxley, Colin, by a brother and sister-in-law Raymond and Cathy Goodwin of Maine, by her cousin Margory Duzy and by many nieces, nephews and her beloved dog, Thatcher. Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband of 59 years and 361 days, Thomas E Donnelly, a sister Emily Alsheimer, and a grandson, Kevin Pisko.

Jean went by many names, including Jeannie a loving daughter and sister; Jean a loving wife, cousin, aunt, and dear friend to many; Mom, Nana, and finally Nudgie-Nan. No matter what you called Jean, her goodness, kind spirit, quick wit, infectious smile and love of life was unmistakable. She loved to entertain, enjoyed playing or watching golf, was an avid Red Sox fan, and was extremely proud of her many years spent working at GE. Jean, along with Tom were active in Worldwide Marriage Encounter, active in their parish, St. Thomas Church especially as lectors and as members of the RCIA team.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dementia Society of America ( or Worldwide Marriage Encounter (

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 25th from the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St, Plantsville with a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St, Southington. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, Southington. Calling hours will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Plantsville Funeral Home. A Livestream of the funeral Mass, along with an online guestbook and directions, is available at

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