Deanna Marie Herlihy
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Deanna Marie Herlihy
Deanna Marie Herlihy, 61, of Fairfield, CT, passed away early Thursday morning, June 4th, after her courageous and valiant second battle with cancer.
Deanna was a true lover of nature, enjoying hiking, cycling, kyaching, and the beach. During the winter she would long for the many long summer days spent on her boat with her husband Scott. She cherished the close friendships she shared with many people. Deanna was loved by many being a genuine, giving, loving and compassion heart for all.
In addition to her love of the outdoors and the water, Deanna's main passion was her love of working with children. For 20 years she ran a pre-preschool program, Curiosity Corner. Everyone who knew her as "Miss Dee" sends cards and stoped by to say hello whenever in the neighborhood.
She was born on August 8, 1958 to Russell and Theresa Cingari. She was the oldest out of her three siblings, Michael Cingari and Debranne Cingari-Cavalier. She married her husband, Scott Herlihy, on May 21, 1983. Together they have two children, Megan Rudd and Caitlin Herlihy. Her oldest daughter Megan is married to Brian Rudd. Together they brought the first grandchild into the family, Evie Marie. Deanna received the most joy from FaceTiming her grandchild multiple times a day, as well as visiting her in Flagstaff, AZ where the three of them reside. She is also survived by her two loving nieces Breanna and Madison Suden.

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Published in Connecticut Post on Jun. 9, 2020.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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June 18, 2020
Deanna. My best friend since we were 12 years old. 50 years. I loved her. When we got together whether in person or on the phone, all we
ever did was laugh and rehash our hilarious experiences together, and there were a lot. I admired her teaching the children. She always loved them and got such a kick out of them! To Deanna's parents, My second
parents I love you both. To Deanna's family, Michael & Debbie, all my love. To Deanna's beautiful daughters, she loved you more than everything! I will miss and think about her all the days of my life. I love
you Deanna, always.
Jacqueline Fleming
Friend
June 16, 2020
Miss Dee was our childrens first teacher & never will we forget the loving care she gave to each of them. We were blessed to know her. It amazes me how many lives she touched forever through Curiosity Corner. We are so so sorry....
Joan Fleming
June 10, 2020
I only met Deanna after becoming friends with her daughter Caitlin about 4 or 5 years ago. Unfortunately, we only met a few times in person before her diagnosis, but did correspond often over the years. I could tell from our conversations that she loved life, family, friends and all the people in the community whose lives she had touched over the years. When the local news and newspapers picked up on her current battle with cancer it was touching and amazing how the community came together for her. I could see then that she had touched so many more lives than I knew, and how she was loved throughout generations in the community. I wish I had the opportunity to spend more time with her and get to know her better. The world lost a special person last week, and it would be a better place with more people like Deanna. She will be sorely missed by her family, and all whose lives she touched over the years.
Peter Koss
Friend
June 10, 2020
Miss Dee is how she is known in this household and it is a huge loss to this community and the children and parents who wont be able to spend some time with her. She touched the lives of so many of us and taught our very nervous and scared 2 year olds that school can be a safe, fun and amazing experience!!! And helped those mommys with their separation anxiety as well. By the third time I dropped my daughter off she ran Into Miss Dees arms and never looked back. Creating beautiful art projects that I still cherish 13 years later!!
Prayers for her beloved family...you have gained a beautiful angel that will be by her granddaughters side all the time now. Happy and healthy and able to watch over you all and protect those she loved the most.
We will miss you Miss Dee. Thank you for touching our hearts and for blessing our lives.
The Wesoloski Family
Heather Wesoloski
Student
June 9, 2020
Deanna ranks among the best people that Ive ever encountered in my life. She was the very definition of selfless, always putting others before herself. She had such a wonderful sense of humor and always had me laughing. The world is going to be a little less full without Deanna around. I am honored to have met her and privileged to have called her a friend.
Bradley Coutermash
Friend
June 9, 2020
Deanna ranks among the best people that Ive ever encountered in my life. She was the very definition of selfless, always putting others before herself. She had such a wonderful sense of humor and always had me laughing. The world is going to be a little less full without Deanna around. I am honored to have met her and privileged to have called her a friend.
Bradley Coutermash
Friend
June 9, 2020
Deanna ranks among the best people that Ive ever encountered in my life. She was the very definition of selfless, always putting others before herself. She had such a wonderful sense of humor and always had me laughing. The world is going to be a little less full without Deanna around. I am honored to have met her and privileged to have called her a friend.
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