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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Grace Friel

Grace Lee Friel (Lee)

October 2, 1929 - August 7, 2019
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Grace Lee Friel, 89, of Simsbury, CT, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Grace was born on October 2, 1929, the daughter of Theo and Herman H. Lee, who was President of Lee Transit Corp. of New York. She was proud of the fact that one of her father’s tugboats was named after her, the “Grace Ann Lee.” Grace was predeceased by her devoted husband of 62 years, Jack M. Friel, and her sisters, Maren Lee Keller and Virginia Lee Benze. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Jack and Lia Friel, Patty and Mark Sperandio, and Larry Friel, and by her forever adored grandchildren, Kristin Lee Mitera (Chadd Mitera), Mark Edward Sperandio, Jr., Shelby Lee Friel, and Christina Ray Friel, as well as many nieces and nephews. Last, but far, far, far from least, she was recently blessed with two great grandchildren, Cooper Wade Mitera and Colby Grace Mitera, who brought such healing energy to her final years.

“Gay” loved life, especially good times with family and friends. She so often commented on how blessed she was to have so many beautiful and comforting memories. Her interests included photography, poetry, piano, swimming, tennis, and traveling with her husband to many business conventions and tennis tournaments. She and her husband enjoyed living in California for eleven years and, in 1965, when Jack was transferred to Connecticut General’s home office, they moved to Simsbury, CT. During her many years in Simsbury, Gay was an active volunteer at the McLean Home for over twenty years, taught Sunday school at First Church of Christ, and assisted at Child and Family Services. She was known for her playful sense of humor, infinite kindness, and enormous generosity. She will be dearly missed!

Friends and family are invited to call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Sunday, August 11th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 12th at the First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Burial will follow in the Simsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation. Memorial donations may be made to First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT, 06070 or McLean Home, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT, 06070, or a charity of your choice. Please visit Gay’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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  • Visitation

    August 11, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    August 11, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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  • Service

    August 12, 2019 | 10:00am
    August 12, 2019 10:00am
    First Church of Christ
    689 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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    Rev. George Harris


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Lee Lagakis Boswell

Posted at 10:57am
I was so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing Jack, Patty and Larry. I had a chance to speak with her several months ago and she was her usual vibrant self. Our folks were dearest of friends and it was always a delight to hear the stories they shared. Sending you my deepest condolences.

Lee Lagakis Boswell

Theresa Mahoney and Andrea Riley

Posted at 12:59pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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The Fogartys

Posted at 10:20am
We love and will miss that great smile of your! We will miss your singing and your infectious charm!
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