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Obituary for Margaret Mary Dolan

Margaret Mary (Clarkin) Dolan was born on August 5, 1926, daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Casey) Clarkin in her beloved Fox Point neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. She was married to the love of her life, Owen F. Dolan,Sr. on July 19, 1947. He predeceased her in 2009 after 62 years of marriage.After devoting herself to raising her family, Mom held several jobs through the years, working at a couple of different schools, doing mainly secretarial work. She took a few college courses, then enrolled in Eastern Connecticut State College full time, graduating magna cum laude in 1981. In her job at Norwich Adult Education, she counseled adults who were working to earn a high school diploma through courses or study for the GED exam. Many of these early students were World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans. She also did academic counseling and career counseling or referrals to availableservices. In her work at Adult Education in Norwich, Mom met Joe Murphy, Omer Gagnon, and Dick Bilda – all highly devoted administrators and educators who gave freely of themselves, their time, and expertise to all they encountered, be they students or teachers. Mom clearly loved this job, sharing time with three of the funniest, most caring individuals she had ever known.Mom loved her God, her husband, her eight children, fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, music, reading, musicals, and all things Irish– food, beverages (Jameson’s not so much, Bailey’s a bit more), movies, and especially her Irish jokes. She suffered from childhood as a Red Sox fan, finally enjoying their threeWorld Series titles. Mom and Dad spent a lot of time researching the Clarkin and Dolan family trees in Ireland and Scotland, gathering information and pictures. She enjoyed nothing more than family gatherings, reunions, picnics - all celebrations of life.She is survived by five sons – Owen (Paula) Dolan, Jr, of Alexandria, VA, Patrick (Eileen) Dolan of Norwich, Michael (Sheri) Dolan of Norwich, John (Kathleen) Dolan ofSalem, Joseph (Diane) Dolan of Lebanon, and three daughters, Maureen (William) McMullen of Sudbury, MA, Catherine (Brian) Carroll of Lisbon, and Ann (Gregory) Arpin of Canterbury. Her grandchildren – Meagan (Gordon) Sheffield, Matthew McMullen, Casey (Caitlin) Dolan, Sarah (Josh) Adamec, James Dolan, Mary Dolan, Micaela Carroll, Daniel Carroll, Richelle Topping, Kaitlyn (Ryan) Klosterman, Jake Arpin, Colleen Dolan, Kevin Dolan, Carley Dolan, Shannon Dolan, and Liam Dolan. She is also survived by three great grandchildren, Rosalyn and Kellen Adamec and Kinsley Ann Klosterman. She was the matriarch of the Dolan-Clarkin-McDonald clan, with numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews surviving her as well as her sisters-in-law Betsy Clarkin and Rosalie Meehan.. She was predeceased by her brother, William F. Clarkin, and sister Alice (Clarkin) McDonald.Calling hours will be Monday December 12, 2016 from 4 to 7 PM at the Cummings-Gagne Funeral Home 82 Cliff Street Norwich, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 10 AM at St. Patrick’s Cathedral 213 Broadway Norwich, CT. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Taftville.In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to St. Vincent de Paul Place, Hospice of SE Connecticut, or your favorite charity in her name.
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