Mary A. Dunne, age 100, of Madison, formerly of Orange, and beloved wife to the late Martin W. Dunne, entered into eternal rest Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Born in Sunlight, West Virginia on May 2, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Michael A. McHale and Mary Agnes (Yates) McHale.
Mary was a registered nurse graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing, Charleston, WV in 1937. She attended post-graduate work at Columbia University in New York, NY, in 1940.
She entered the Army Nurse Corps as an officer in World War II, serving 30 months (1942-1944) in China, Burma, and the India Theater (CBI) with the 159th Station Hospital and 181st General Hospital in India, working for the 10th and 14th Air Force pilots.
Mary was a decorated soldier; she received the European African Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
Upon returning to the US, Mary was assigned as Supervisor of the Operations Rooms Department at Fort Meade, Maryland’s General Hospital, in 1945. Mary married Martin Dunne in 1945 at Fort Meade.
She was employed by the Upjohn Co. in North Haven as supervisor of the medical unit until her retirement in 1981. She was a certified occupational nurse, advanced first aid instructor and taught many classes throughout the area.
Mary was an active member of the Holy Infant Church who taught CCD and remained active in the Veteran’s Affairs of CBI, V.F.W. and American Legion, Post 127.
Mary was extremely proud of her Irish heritage, and visited Ireland with her late husband many times. She was very proud of her service to her country.
Mary is survived by her son Martin “Rusty” Dunne, grandmother of Ryan Dunne of Madison and Brittany Dunne of Columbia, South Carolina. Mary was predeceased by her sisters, Marjorie Austin, Susan Holley and Theresa Louden, and her brothers, Michael McHale, Mark McHale, John McHale and Aloyisous McHale.
Mary was also predeceased by her infant daughter Mary in 1948.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, October 29th, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road. Orange, CT, 06477 (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).
Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery, Orange CT. Friends and family may call on Tuesday, October 28th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.
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