Obituary for Rose Daley (McDonald)
Rose Marie Daley, 88, formerly of Wethersfield, passed peacefully, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Avery Heights, Hartford. Daughter of Catherine (Goggin) and Cecil McDonald, and the oldest of “The Sisters,” Rose was forever the calm voice of reason and always ready to lend her help. Smart and precocious, Rose went to school at 4 and developed a life-long love of literature and the arts. After graduation from Bulkeley High School, Class of 1945, at age 16, she went to Bryant College.
The move to Rhode Island was the first step in an exciting journey. In fact, while on a trip to visit her granddaughter in Philadelphia, she said unexpectedly, “I lived in that building,” and she shared experiences of advertising agency life. After Philadelphia, was New York City, where at McGraw Hill she made her boss’ look very good; if born an era later, Rose would have been the boss. Marrying and the birth of daughter, Anne, put her on a more domestic path, yet Rose used her talents through organizations like the Girl Scouts, while managing everything else.
In 1975, newly single, Rose and Anne returned to Hartford. With the support of her family, she again brought her positive attitude. She called these life changes – seasons – and matter-of-factly accepted them without complaint. Little did anyone know the failure of the Civic Center roof three years later would bring a “new season.” She met and married her downstairs neighbor, Albert T. Daley, who lead the rebuild.
Al and Rose Marie said, “I do” and spent 25 years in Wethersfield living a dream come true. Together they bought the first home she had ever owned – a home filled with visits from grandchildren, family, friend and many McDonald Family Christmas’. She enjoyed the Women’s Golf League at the Wethersfield Country Club and her Bridge Club with sisters Kay & Ceal. Rose and Al’s travels included the family passion, UCONN Women’s Basketball games, attending 5 Final Fours to root on their girls. Along with sister Lavinia McDonald, family history was researched including letters to Ireland and a trip with her sisters and their husbands. Reunited with her Bulkeley gang, Rose enjoyed adventures with this crew, like the annual “Last Annual” 4th of July picnics and New Year’s Eve celebrations. As Secretary of her BHS class, she helped organize reunions including the 50th.
Rose Marie Daley, although small in stature, was a strong woman who used her tools of diplomacy, gentleness and intelligence. While we rejoice knowing that Rose Marie will join her beloved Al and loved ones gone before her, she will be greatly missed for her sweet, cheerful and caring demeaner, and as reminded by grandson, Kevin, her sense of humor. Missing her with a very heavy heart are her daughter, Anne, son-in-law Glenn Groff, and grandchildren, Lindsey and Matt Cowen, Jessica Alling, Katie, Stacie, and Kevin Groff and great-grandchildren Ethan, Liam and Audrey (Rose) Cowen who will miss her presence in their lives. She also leaves her step-daughters, Suzanne Glicklin, daughters Sarah and Julia, and Maureen, spouse, Attorney Gary Lefkowitz and daughter, Erin. Remembering her with love are her sisters, Lavinia Hudak, Dorcas McHugh, Kay Zito and Cecile Manzone, her brothers-in-law, Attorney Edward Zito, and Michael Manzone and their children, grandchildren who loved her as their Aunt Rose.
Viewing will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 9:30am to 10:30 at the Farley Sullivan Funeral Home, 34 Beaver Rd, Wethersfield, CT 06109. The Celebration Mass will be at 11 am at The Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect St, Wethersfield. The internment will follow at Wethersfield Village Cemetery, 332 Hartford Avenue and a gathering will be held at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center 200 Main Street, both in Wethersfield Rose Marie loved flowers but her intensely practical side would ask you help support her passion for the Wethersfield Historical Society. She and Al joyfully volunteered their time and energy there and lived their advocacy of this rich area. Her family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Avery Heights, Noble 2 who cared so lovingly and treated us like their own family in her in her final days.
We also appreciated the loving care given by Shelly, Anne and Diane.