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Maureen Jeanette (Guilmart) O’Neill

TORRINGTON — Maureen Jeanette (Guilmart) O’Neill, 88, passed away Aug. 22, 2021, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. She was the beloved wife of 41 years of the late James F. O’Neill Jr.

Mrs. O’Neill was born in Torrington on June 13, 1933, daughter of the late Anna E. (Gleeson) and Allen C. Guilmart. 

Maureen was a graduate of St. Francis of Assisi School in Torrington, Torrington High School (Class of 1951) and St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing (Class of 1954).  

Maureen was a Registered Nurse who worked in obstetrics and hospital nurseries for 25 years. 

In 1974, along with her husband, she started Serenity Hill Farm in North Canaan, the first substance abuse treatment center in the state to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. They went on to operate two additional residential treatment centers with on-site detox units in New Hampshire along with 13 outpatient clinics throughout New England and supported thousands on their journey into sobriety.

Maureen was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling, golf and traveling, taking trips to Ireland, Monaco, Aruba, Hawaii, and several cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe.  

She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

She was funny, kind, gentle and loved by all.   

Survivors include a daughter, Maureen A. O’Neill-Davis and her husband, John, of Torrington; a son, Michael F. O’Neill and his wife, Amy, of DeLand, Fla.; five grandchildren, Ashley L. Davis, Meah N. Davis, Logan M. Davis, Patrick F. O’Neill, and Christopher D. O’Neill; a brother, James G. Guilmart and his wife, Lauren, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister, Patricia “Peta” G. Hoffmann and her husband, Heinz, of Amesbury, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. O’Neill was predeceased by two brothers, William J. Guilmart and Allen J. Guilmart, both of Torrington.

Funeral services were held Aug. 27 from Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home in Torrington. A Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Torrington, with burial  in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in North Canaan. Calling hours were Aug. 26 at Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Maureen’s name to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Details can be found, and online condolences may be sent to the family, at www.gleesonryanfh.com.

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