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

Ann Long

April 19, 2020
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“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it”

Ann Marie (O’Connell) Long, 74, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at home in Simsbury, CT in the warm embrace of family love. Ann was born in Hartford, CT to the late John and Bridie (Griffin) O’Connell, the youngest of three children. Ann is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Michael T. Long, her three loving children, Michael B. Long and wife Stephanie of Santa Clarita, CA, Maura Sheehan and husband Michael of Madison, CT and Deirdre Absolonne and husband Pierrick of Darien, CT and her eight treasured grandchildren, Keara, Brendan and Devin Long, Finn, Tessie and Maeve Sheehan and Felix and Stella Absolonne. Ann is also survived by her brother, John O’Connell and sister-in-law Sheila; her sister, Mary O’Connell; her brother-in-law, John Long and wife Patricia, in addition to a loving clan of nieces, nephews, in-laws and close friends.

Ann graduated from Our Lady of Sorrows grammar school, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, the University of Hartford (BSN Magna Cum Laude) and the Hartford Graduate Center (MSM). Ann’s professional nursing career of 40 years focused on the Continuum of Care at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. She was a nursing executive leading multidisciplinary teams to achieve improved patient outcomes. She provided leadership in case management, home care and hospice. Ann was elected to the scholastic honor society Alpha Chi and Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. She held multiple professional certifications from the ANA Credentialing Center. Ann was committed to volunteerism, a lifetime member of St. Francis Women’s Auxiliary, long term member of the Junior League of Hartford, Simsbury Aging and Disabilities Commission, Professional Advisory Boards in Community Home Health (St. Francis, McLean and Farmington Valley VNA).

Ann was engaged in community and church life. She was a devoted member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish and had been a long-term parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. Ann was active in the Simsbury Senior Center participating in many fitness programs. Ann and Mike resided in the Powder Forest Homes Community and were actively involved in many aspects of that special community.

Ann enjoyed many good times at the family home on Martha’s Vineyard, “Aisling Beag”. She traveled extensively with her husband across the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, with their favorite destination being the west of Ireland, the land of their heritage. A special vacation was a family reunion in Dingle, Co Kerry, with all their children, spouses and grandchildren. Ann enjoyed “all things design”. She and Mike collaborated on many building projects. Ann’s legacy of love in retirement was being Nana to her grandchildren. She was so very proud of them.

The family would like to thank Father Michael Whyte, Dr. Rolf Knoll, Dr. Jonathan Sporn and the Yale Smilow Cancer Center staff, Linda Prell, RN and the McLean Hospice and Home Care staff for extraordinary compassionate care.

Due to current circumstances, a Mass of Christian Burial at St Catherine of Siena Church in West Simsbury and interment at Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford are private and not open to the public. A public Celebration of Ann's life will be held at 11:00am on July 17, 2021, (next year). with Mass at St Catherine of Siena, 265 Stratton Brook Road, West Simsbury, to be followed by a Tulmeadow Farm Ice Cream Social.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Harvard Nurses Health Study at nurseshealthstudy.org/donations; to St. Catherine of Siena Church, 265 Stratton Brook Road, West Simsbury, CT 06092 or to the University of Notre Dame Security Institute, 808 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

Please visit Ann’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.
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Posted at 10:51am
Mike:
I just learned of Anne's passing; I am terribly shocked and saddened. Please know that you and your family have my heartfelt condolences. Anne was only 74--much too young to lose her-- the same age my dear wife Nancy was when Nancy passed away in 2006. So I know something of what you are going through, and that only time will help, by displacing some grief with treasured memories. You and Anne are very much in my thoughts. I remember her warmth, friendliness and kindness.
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Fidelma Long.

Posted at 06:08pm
Dear Mike,
So sorry to hear of Anne,s passing. I got a bit of a shock when Liam O Neill told me.
We had a lovely night with ye in Ballyferriter a few years ago. Anne was great with the Christmas cards. Always beautiful photos of the grandchildren.
Keely remembers going horse riding with one of them. I was hoping we would meet again. If you come over Mike look us up. we would love it.
You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Hopefully you will have better times ahead. At times like this , its great to have a big family.
Fond regards Mike,

Paud Fidelma and Keely Long.
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Michael Nagle

Posted at 05:27pm
Very sorry to hear of Ann's death. We will have a Mass for Ann at St. Elizabeth's on Tuesday, May 18 at 8am. May she rest in peace and may God's presence bring you comfort. Fr. Nagle
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Mr. and Mrs. George Brencher

Posted at 03:13pm
Dear Mike and all of the family:
Ann loved you all very much and spoke of you frequently when we would get together. We looked forward to your Christmas Cards with a photo of Mike and Ann with the cherished grandchildren at your house in Martha's Vineyard. I saved those cards because they were beautiful and we enjoyed the happy expression on Mike and Ann's faces.
Please know that we have a special place in our hearts for you both. Ann was so accomplished in her work as a nurse and never mentioned that! Ann felt that she was blessed in life, an idea that she mentioned to me often. She was happy with you, her family, the grandchildren, and the life you made together.
Ann was a good friend to me, as we raised our families. Who can forget your visits to the Sandpiper? I will always remember the
occasion when you came to our house and it was Dick's week to be there and George was in CT- you helped me so much with your good humor surviving the Saturday night "séance."
It was pure luck that we came upon Ann in St. Maarten! We loved our visits every year, and trying restaurants and catching up on the news!
We loved the picture of Ann that you put in the paper, it is just how we remember her. It has taken me this long to collect my thoughts to do this. We are so sorry for your loss, but feel certain that Ann will live on in your memories, and act like a special angel whenever you think of her. Linda and George Brencher


LG

Lorie Sedor Ginsberg

Posted at 03:15pm
Michael and Family,
Sending our condolences to all of you. We have so many wonderful memories of Ann-- her humor and funny stories, her yummy scones, wonderful trips sharing beach time in St Maarten, and a Guinness in Dublin. Her warmth and compassion, and love of life was undeniable. She was always there to lift our spirits and share her wise advice. We are so fortunate to call her our friend and we will miss her terribly, but we also know heaven has gained a new Angel who will light our lives always. She is forever in our hearts . We hold all of you in our prayers- God Bless.
Elliot and Lorie Ginsberg
Lorie and Elliot Ginsberg
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