Obituary: Winifred “Freda” McDermott McMahon, 88, from Wallingford



WALLINGFORD, CT – (From Wallingford Funeral Home) Winifred “Freda” McDermott née McMahon, 88, of Wallingford, CT passed away peacefully at her home on October 25 with her family by her side.

Freda was born in Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland on January 23, 1933, daughter of the late James and Winifred (McCrave) McMahon. Freda and Michael McDermott married in Ireland in 1959 and made the courageous decision to start their new life in America.

While raising her family, Freda spent time volunteering with the Ladies Guild at the Church of the Resurrection, where she was a dedicated Catholic. Later in life, Freda worked at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of CT. After her retirement, Freda volunteered at the Masonic Home in Wallingford.

Throughout her life, Freda has enjoyed returning to her home country of Ireland with her family. Freda was proud to be a member of the Silver Jubilee of the Pioneers of the Sacred Heart, as well as a member of the New Haven Irish Community Center. She will be remembered as a woman of strong faith who prayed for so many others throughout her life.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years Michael, children Irene (Allen) Jackson of Madison, Maureen (Paul) Parente of Wallingford, Brian (Donna) McDermott of Avon and Barbara Gaia McDermott of Cromwell, her cubs -children Conor & Megan Murphy, Stephanie (Bryant) Phillips, Garrett and Olivia Jackson, Luke McDermott Grandpre and Jack McDermott, great-grandchildren Charlee and Chase Phillips, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews living in Ireland.

Freda was predeceased by her son Gérard. Also predeceased by her parents, James & Winifred McMahon; sisters, Maureen Smyth and Peggy McMahon and her brother, Pat McMahon, all of Co. Louth, Ireland, and her dear friend Anna May McNulty of Wallingford.

His family will receive relatives and friends at Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main Street Ext. Friday October 29, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 directly at the Resurrection Church 115 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford.

You can see his Mass live by going to his webpage at at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Interment in St. John’s Cemetery will be private at a later date.

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