Mrs Maureen BourassaDecember 26, 1934 ~ November 26, 2017 (age 82)
Watertown - Maureen (Connors) Bourassa (82) passed away peacefully on November 26th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
She was the beloved wife of the late Robert (“Lefty”) Bourassa for 57 years. Mrs. Bourassa was born in Waterbury on December 26, 1934, daughter of the late Maurice & Mary (Kelly) Connors and was a graduate of SS Peter & Paul Grammar School & Wilby High School. She was a resident of Waterbury for 50 years, moving to Watertown in 1990. Maureen worked at Chase Brass & Copper Company accounting department after high school for 4 years then left to raise her family.
In 1970, she worked for the City of Waterbury School Department. In 1977, she worked for many years as a Secretary in the Waterbury Police Department Vice & Intelligence Division, before retiring.
While living in Waterbury, she was a Member of the Democratic Women’s Club as well as District Leader for the party. She was a Union Representative in the white collar union Police Department Chapter and she volunteered for many years helping her husband with the many high school reunions for both Wilby and Crosby High Schools in Waterbury.
Maureen is survived by her six children, Mary Baumbach and her husband Steven, of Watertown; Denise Lavorgna and her husband Robert of Watertown, Robert Bourassa and his wife Catherine of Trumbull, Diane Bourassa of Rye, New York, Michael Bourassa and his wife Robin, of Wethersfield and Paul Bourassa and his wife Lori, of Watertown; Nine grandchildren, Christian Baumbach and his wife Rebecca, Danielle Lavorgna, Sarah Froese & her husband Justin, Remy, Leah, Allyson, Alexis, Jenna & Cassidy Bourassa; four great grandchildren, Rosalina & Julia Baumbach and Benjamin & Jackson Froese; her sisters, Catherine Lackman of Wallingford & Nancy Stack of Oakville and two brothers, William Connors of Manchester & Maurice Connors of East Lyme. She was predeceased by her sister Janice Hespelt.
She was a long time communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Watertown. After her retirement, nothing gave her greater pleasure than spending time with her big family. She loved attending the many grandchildren’s and great grand children’s school events; sports games, proms, birthday parties and numerous preschool, high school and college graduations over the years. If there was something happening in the family, she was there! She especially loved her UConn Women’s basketball team and she would never miss a game. Maureen was fiercely proud of growing up in Waterbury and wherever you went in the city, she always knew someone. Maureen will be dearly missed by her best friends of over 75 years, Loretta and Joe Calabrese of Southbury and Theresa and Rich Pagano of Waterbury. A special thank you to her devoted caregivers Beverly, Arianna and Norma, your kindness, care and patience kept this proud Irish Matriarch “fighting” to the end. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital and Vitas.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 29, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Bergin Funeral Home 290 East Main St. Waterbury. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Watertown. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Maureen’s name to Sacred Heart High School, 142 South Elm St, Waterbury CT, 06706.
Sacred Heart High School
142 South Elm Street, Waterbury CT 06706