Marlyce Ann Rooney, 87, of Simsbury, CT, passed away on Saturday November 6, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT from Covid-19. Marlyce was born in Washington, DC on September 24, 1934 to Ernest Walz and Mary Yasinoksy. She was the oldest of their three children.
Marlyce said her life began the day she met Raymond Rooney, and they were married on July 17, 1954 after Ray returned from serving in the Korean War. Marlyce and Ray lived in Washington, DC and Maryland where Marlyce was a dedicated mother of five children and worked for the Government Printing Office. In 1977 Ray’s job at American Airlines relocated them to Coventry, CT. There Marlyce was actively involved with many ministries at St. Mary's Church in Coventry, worked as a bank teller, and then became a certified nutrition supervisor for Coventry public schools. After Ray’s passing in 2009, Marlyce moved to Simsbury where she enjoyed making new and dear friends at St. Catherine of Siena Church and One West Street. At One West she was active in several committees but enjoyed her work on the social committee the most. She was also active in the community, volunteering at The Second Chance Shop and St. Francis Hospital. Most important to Marlyce was her daily worship and dedication to multiple ministries at her beloved St. Catherine’s of Siena Church in West Simsbury.
Faith and family were the golden threads in the cloth of Marlyce’s life. She was devoted to her faith and to every family member. She enjoyed cooking, especially for her family on holidays, and watching her grandchildren participate in their many games and other activities. With Ray, she played an active role in each grandchild’s young life. She was known for her love of laughter, spoiling her granddogs, and her passionate views on life. Later in life, nothing would give her more joy than holding a newborn great grandchild and visiting with family.
Marlyce is survived by her sister Barbara Walz, brother George Walz PhD, her beloved children, Mary Lynne Ebner (Steve, deceased) of Durango CO, Beth Ann Sorge (Patrick) of Gaithersburg MD, Kathy Welliver of Delray Beach FL, Sharon Rooney (Gayle Presley) of South Windsor CT, and Jon Rooney (Christel) of Bloomfield CT. She leaves her adored grandchildren and great grandchildren, Andrew, Jennifer, Gregory (Danielle), Matthew (Heather), Danielle (Karoline), Ashley (Kimani), Jamie (Matt), Brittany (Rick), Haley, Willem, Anna, Ty, Emma, Nathan, Jaelyn, Kayla, Ryott, Alivia, Kason and Daxton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 265 Stratton Brook Road, West Simsbury, CT. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Coventry, CT at 2pm. There will be no public viewing, but the Mass and burial will be open to the public. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation to St. Catherine of Siena Church. Please visit www.VincentFuneralHome.com for a “Book of Memories” and to find a livestream option for the Mass.