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Mary F. Arel

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Mary (Furyk) Arel, 83, died on Wednesday, April 2 at John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington, with her children by her side. Born in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, she moved with her husband to Ashford after they married in 1947; in 1951, they abandoned dry wells, goats, and rural life in general for Hartford, where they remained. They did enjoy travel, especially to Benito Juarez (Cancun), Mexico, where they made long-lasting friendships. Mary was a loving, conscientious, and resourceful mother and homemaker, and a self-effacing person of seemingly boundless energy and optimism. Her greatest joy after child-rearing came to her as a volunteer at the Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System in Newington where she volunteered for 39 years, until March 12, 2014. A long-time parishioner of St. Joseph Cathedral, she was active in Prayer Shawl, Senior Lunch, and other activities. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen A. Lyons, and her son, John R. Arel; she was predeceased by her husband, Robert, in July 2013. She also leaves to cherish her memory sisters-in-law Susan Arel and Sheila Arel, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, long-time friends, and neighbors who will miss her so. Everyone will find solace in the thought that she can now feast on popcorn and raspberries, drenched in butter and cream, respectively. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 8, at 10:00 a.m. in The Cathedral of St. Joseph; 140 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to VA Connecticut Healthcare System, 555 Willard Ave., Newington CT, and Attention: Voluntary Service, Memo: account 8002. Funeral arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 6, 2014
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