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Geraldine (Geri) Hickey, 70, Brookfield Resident

BROOKFIELD, Conn. – Geraldine (Geri) Hickey of Brookfield, died Sunday, April 17 at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford. She was 70.

She was born Feb. 27, 1946, in Manhattan, the youngest of five children. She spent her happy childhood years in Manhattan and Queens. She attended Cathedral High School in Manhattan, where she met her lifelong best friends, Mary Hickey Walsh and Jeanette Roque Thompson. She met her husband Thomas at age 16. They were married May 22, 1965, and were married for 26 years until his death in 1991 at the age of 51.

She worked for many years in hospital and nursing home admissions. She retired as the director of admissions for Flushing Hospital in Flushing, Queens. She loved her work and only retired when she did because of declining health. She was very, very proud of her Irish roots and visited Ireland several times. Nothing made her happier than spending time with her Irish relatives in Ireland or when they visited the United States. She was afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 44 but she never lost her sense of humor during the difficult and painful years that ensued. She spent her last few years at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center ,where she made many friends.

She is survived by her son, Brendan Hickey of Manhattan; her daughter, Bridget McKenney and her husband, Jack McKenney, of Brookfield; three grandchildren, Brendan, Henry and Shea McKenney; her brother, Eamonn Hughes of Fresno, Calif.; sisters, Peggy Logan of Manhattan; and Nancy Vitt and her husband, Tom, of Berlin, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas J. Hickey, in 1991; and by her brother, Franny Hughes.

Friends will be received from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury. Interment will be in Eldred Central Cemetery, Eldred, New York, at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the New Milford VNA/Hospice, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776.

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