WAKE: Thursday, February 27th, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, at Collins Funeral Home FUNERAL MASS: Friday, February 28th, 12:00 PM in St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT CONTRIBUTIONS: To a charity of the donor’s choice

Claire Ann Kinney

February 23, 2014


Claire Ann Kinney, née Dehler, Passed away on February 23rd.  She was born and raised in Richmond Hill and summered in Breezy Point, Queens, where she met her future husband, the late James E. Kinney.  She was the daughter of the late John and Claire Dehler.

She graduated the Academy of St. Joseph in Brentwood, Long Island and the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey.

She raised her family of seven children in Greenlawn, NY, where she resided for over 30 years.  She was an avid tennis player, girl’s soccer coach and was active in a bowling league.

After moving to Connecticut in 1995, she enjoyed working at Brooks Brothers in Westport until her retirement.  She taught religious education and enjoyed playing pickleball, bridge and taking care of her cat.

She is survived by her five daughters, Patrice Lisy (Paul), Claire-Anne Meskers (Casey), GraceAnn McGrath (Leo), Kerin Donnino (Rocco), Miriam Hoban (Martin), and two sons, James (Ann Marie) and Patrick (Eileen) as well as twenty-one grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister, Patricia Igoe, brothers, John, Martin (Barbara) and William (Kathleen) and her many cherished nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, John Igoe and her Godson, Gregory Dehler.

Friends may call Thursday, February 27th, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave, Norwalk, CT.  A Catholic Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 28th, at 12:00 PM in St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Rd, Norwalk, CT.

A donation to your favorite charity will honor her memory.

  1. Dear GraceAnn, Leo and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


    Lucy, Larry and Taylor

    February 27, 2014
    Lucy Pirro -
  • Dear GraceAnn,
    Sorry to hear of your loss and wish to express my deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Debbie Morley

    February 27, 2014
    Debbie Morley -
  • We were very saddened to hear about Claire’s passing. She was a wonderful person. A good friend and neighbor we have known for many years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family. May she rest in peace.

    February 27, 2014
    Dave and Brenda Choyce -
  • Mary and I were very surprised to hear of Claire’s passing. She was such a dynamic person. She would always be at the head of the troop heading to the beach. Her large loving family are a credit to Jimmy and herself. Living in #1 Jamaica Walk we could say they are a number one bunch, with claire at the head.

    February 28, 2014
    Mary and Bill Curtis--- February 28, 2014 -
  • We are very sorry for your loss and are keeping you and yours in our prayers.

    March 1, 2014
    Stephanie Martini -
  • Dear GraceAnn and family,

    Your mom was like one of the girls…very special and very respected. Always a bright smile and hearty laugh to make you feel at ease. I am so grateful to have known her. May your fond memories ease your sadness.

    March 3, 2014
    Cathy Balto -
  • Dear GraceAnn and Family,
    Sorry for your loss, distance and time doesn’t minimize fond memories…

    March 5, 2014
    Marcel Desroches -
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