portrait picture for Celine LaFleur McCarthy

Wake:Friends are invited to pay respects at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk on Thursday, August 27 from 5:00-8:00 PM. Services:A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Jerome Catholic Church on 23 Half Mile Road in Norwalk at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 28th. Burial:Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery,223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Donations:In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Celine’s memory to Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County at P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897 or www.visitingnurse.net ; or the Alzheimer’s CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Celine LaFleur McCarthy


April 12, 1940 - August 25, 2015

Celine LaFleur McCarthy, 75, of Norwalk, Connecticut passed away on August 25, 2015. She is survived by her husband of fifty-two years, John James McCarthy, as well as their children: Mary and her husband Michael Arbisi of Wilton; Susan and her husband Richard Devine of Norwalk; Nancy and her husband Mike Van Bramer of Austin, Texas; and their grandchildren: Allison Devine, James Arbisi, Catherine Van Bramer, Michael Arbisi, and Brendan Devine. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Celine was born in Springfield, MA on April 12, 1940 to Edna Mae (Charest) and Irving LaFleur and was raised in Agawam, MA. She is predeceased by her parents, as well as her older brother, Ronald LaFleur. Celine graduated from Agawam High School in 1957 and then from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1960, where she became a certified registered nurse, beginning her career of service. In 1963, she married the love of her life, John, and after being transferred to several different places, due to his career, they finally made their home in Norwalk, CT for forty-two years, where they raised their daughters and spent precious moments with their grandchildren.

Celine worked as a floor nurse and then as the Infection Control Specialist at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk for twenty-five years. Her patience and kindness brought joy to all of her patients, and she truly enjoyed her work. She also worked for a few years as a teaching assistant at Naramake Elementary School in Norwalk, another job that brought her happiness. After finally retiring, she continued her life of serving others by volunteering at Notre Dame twice a week right up until she was no longer able to do so.
Celine and John enjoyed many years of family vacations to Cape Cod and Hawks Nest Beach in Old Lyme, CT; and when their children were grown, they traveled to many different parts of the United States while attending the annual Secret Service conventions for twenty years. A devout Catholic, Celine attended church regularly at St. Jerome Parish in Norwalk. Her greatest joys in life were spending time with her children and grandchildren, her weekly date nights with her husband, and helping others through her career and volunteer work. Celine made a true difference in the lives of many people.

Friends are invited to pay respects at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk on Thursday, August 27 from 5:00-8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Jerome Catholic Church on 23 Half Mile Road in Norwalk at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 28th. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery,223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Celine’s memory to Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County at P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897 or www.visitingnurse.net ; or the Alzheimer’s CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

  1. I worked with Celine at Notre Dame Convalescent Home for a number of years. We always used to have our break in the morning and had a few laughs. She was a sweet loving person. I have missed her since she no longer was able to come to Notre Dame. My sincerest condolences go to her family at this difficult time.

    August 26, 2015
    Pat Emond -
  • We send our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. We are so sorry for your loss. The Melfi Family

    August 26, 2015
    Janet & Louie Melfi -
  • Sending our sympathy and prayers for your family. The Kane Family

    August 27, 2015
    Megan & Kevin Kane -
  • I had the pleasure of being friends with Celine and family through the Emmaus Retreat program at St. Thomas. I came to know Celine as a beautiful, caring woman and a wonderful, proud mother. Many thought she was quiet, but I always say “Still waters run deep.” Celine will always hold a special place in the hearts of everyone in the Emmaus program. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. – Dean Vaccaro and family

    August 27, 2015
    Dean Vaccaro -
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