Mary Patricia (Crotty) Sweeney, GG, Nanz, died peacefully on December 26, 2019.
Mary was the youngest of three children born to Charles T. and Lillian B (Halloran) Crotty. She was born in Lawrence, MA, on January 17, 1928, while her mother was visiting her family. Shortly after her birth, Mary and her mother returned to VT, the native state of her father and brothers, and except for a few years attending school and living in Boston, she had been a Vermonter until the time of her death.
Growing up in Bellows Falls, she attended St. Charles grammar school and graduated in 1945 from Bellows Falls High School, where she was an honor student, editor of the senior class yearbook, and enthusiastically participated in sports. In her junior year, she attended Green Mountain Girls’ State. In her senior year, Mary was the recipient of the Alumni Award, which was the only award presented on the evening of graduation exercises. During her senior year in high school, after studying piano for seven years under the Sisters of St. Joseph, she was the featured soloist at her graduation concert. She then attended the University of Vermont on scholarship and graduated from the Chandler School for Women in Boston in 1950. In that same year, she married Walter D. Sweeney of Boston. After the birth of their first son in 1952, the family moved to Bellows Falls, VT. Thereafter, they had two more sons and welcomed her husband’s brother, Daniel, a high schooler from Boston, to live with them following the death of his parents.
During the time they lived in Bellows Falls, Mary worked as a legal secretary for several attorneys, as a court reporter, a newspaper reporter/teletypesetter, and she took depositions and minutes of meetings for various businesses in the area. Additionally, Mary served on many school and town committees, all while hosting a handful of Fresh Air Children.
In 1966 the Sweeney’s moved to Burlington, VT, and settled in the new north end. Mary then devoted her time to both the Rice High School and Burlington High School boosters, served as secretary of Little League, and was involved in parish activities. With her husband, Walt, they became co-chairmen of the first BHS Booster Ball and continued into a second year as co-chairmen. All of this time she still filled in at various attorneys’ offices, and in the fall of 1973, under the guidance and instruction of the food service director at BHS, she headed up the hot lunch program for the city of Burlington, encompassing ten schools. Mary also served a term of five years as Cemetery Commissioner for the city of Burlington.
In 1976 Mary was hired by the U.S. Probation Office for the District of Vermont, where she remained until her retirement from that position, and by the late ’80s, was chosen by her colleagues as an Outstanding Woman in Criminal Justice. Throughout Mary’s retirement, she worked permanent part-time for the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, as she was enthusiastic about working and loved being around people.
Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walt, her parents, and two brothers, Richard and Robert Crotty.
Mary is survived by her son Geoff and his wife Marty of Prescott, AZ, son Bob and his wife Karyl of South Hero, VT, son Joe and his partner Kathy Gubb of East Barre, VT, and in her own words, several “dynamite” grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jake and Megan Sweeney of Prescott, AZ, Scot Sweeney, and his two children Sam and Molly of Burlington, VT, Amy Sweeney and her twins Vincent and Lillian of Colchester, VT, Sean and Meghan Sweeny of Georgia, VT and their two children Tessa and Max. Colin, Jessica, and Jennifer Sweeney of Montpelier, VT. Certainly not to be overlooked are her “bonus” step-grandchildren Samantha Fitch, Zeberiah Snow of South Hero, VT, and Wynter and Doug Edwards of North Hero, VT.
Additionally, Mary leaves behind her brother-in-law Daniel Sweeney and his wife Peggy, and their four sons: Gregg, Brad, Brian, Mark, and their families. Mary Jane and Marcel Lemay, Bunny Niewenhous and Liz Sweeney, along with a wealth of friends.
Mary also leaves a niece, Colleen Crotty Barrett of Dallas, Texas, her son, Patrick, and his family, a nephew, Pat Crotty, and his wife, Heidi, and their children of NH. There are numerous cousins, aunts and uncles from the Crotty, Sweeney and Halloran families that she was also close to and wishes she could have been with them more than she was over the years.
Visiting hours will be held from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M., Sunday, December 29th at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, at 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 30th at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, at 1251 North Ave, Burlington, VT 05408.
Mary explicitly specified that no donations be requested. She did ask, however, that we be kind to one another and that we each keep our faith. Mary’s family would like to thank Doctor Frank Landry for all of his loving care throughout the years, as well as Our Lady of Providence, for their devoted care over the past eight months.
Corbin and Palmer are in charge of funeral arrangements.
Mom, GG, Nanz, you were and always will be the light of our life, we will miss you dearly, but knowing you and Papa Walt are back in each other's arms, brings joy to us all. Your light will shine brightly within every one of us for generations to come – “Until we meet again Pal”…….“Ta-Ta!”
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