Heslin, Mary Mazurek

Mary Mazurek Heslin 89, a life-long resident of the City of Hartford, died peacefully on Friday, June 21, 2019. She was the loving and devoted wife of Attorney Thomas P. Heslin by whom she was predeceased. Mary was born to strong and hard-working Polish Immigrant parents; Sophia Yanda and John Mazurek.
She attended St Cyrils’s, Bulkeley High School and earned a BA in Education from The University of Connecticut and a MA in History from Trinity College. She was proud of her Public Service to the citizens of Hartford and served in the positions of Councilperson and Deputy Mayor of Hartford. Mary brought the same zeal and commitment serving as Commissioner of Consumer Protection under the Grasso and O’Neill administrations. She was Hartford’s first female Democratic Councilperson and one of the first female Commissioners in the State of Connecticut. She was truly a woman ahead of her time
She cherished the life-long bonds she shared with her former Weaver students as an impassioned and inspirational educator.
Mary was also dedicated to the Polish community, both on the local, national, and international levels and served on numerous Polish Cultural and Philanthropic organizations.
After-retirement she was active as a consultant to many national consumer protection safety boards. The University of Connecticut always had a special place in her heart and she served as chairman of the NEAG School of Education Advisory Board and was recognized by receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award.
She was an avid golfer and a member of the CWGA once shooting a 74 with a hole in one on the same day at the PGA West course in Florida She was a member of Wampanoag Country Club and Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach. She loved to travel and garden and spent hours tending to her roses with her “Polish green thumb.”
Her home was an always a hub of activity for both family & political functions and Mary loved to entertain as long as someone else did the cooking and cleaning!
She is survived by her daughter Mary Ellen Taub and her son John W. and daughter in law Tracey Heslin. Mary is also survived by son in law John P Laverty and daughter in law Cindy Romer Heslin. She was predeceased by daughter Joanne P. Laverty Esq. and son Dr.Thomas P. Heslin Jr.
Grandchildren include: John, Michael, Julie, Thomas, Andrew, Melanie, Jack, Haley, Connor and 6 great-grandchildren.
She was also predeceased by Brother John “Whitey” Piurek and sister’s Stacia Holmes, Stephanie Plocharczyk, and Josephine Chupas
The family will receive friends this Wednesday, June 26th from 3 – 8pm at Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 10 am at St. Cyril and Methodius Church, 55 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT. (All attending are kindly asked to go directly to church.) Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery Hartford
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 20 Batterson Park Road 3rd floor Farmington, CT 06032 Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Susan Grayson, Treasurer, 251 Talcott Notch Road Farmington, CT 06032

Calling Hours

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 3:00 – 8:00 pm at Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT.

Funeral Service

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Cyril and Methodius Church, 55 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT.

Burial

Cedar Hill Cemetery ~ Hartford

Memorial Contribution

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 20 Batterson Park Road 3rd floor Farmington, CT 06032. Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Susan Grayson, Treasurer, 251 Talcott Notch Road Farmington, CT 06032

11 Responses to 'Heslin, Mary Mazurek'

  1. Mary L. Costa says:

    We have lost an amazing woman whose life has affected many. Mary Heslin was my heroine and a person I regard as having had a great impact on my life. She was my 7th grade history teacher and instilled in me a belief that I could achieve my dreams. Our lives crossed for many years into my adulthood.
    To the family, my sympathy for your loss but be assured that Mary has taken with her all the love of those who loved her, the warmth of those who cared, the embraces of all the family and friends she has ever known as she soars above the clouds and into the heavens above. Mary L. Costa

  2. Chuck and Eva Bunnell says:

    To the Heslin Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss.

    Mary was the personification of all that is good in this world.

    Her deep love for her family, active civic engagement, leadership, and sharing of happy moments with friends, are rare gifts we can all treasure. We will miss her warm smile and laughter.

    May all of your happy memories of her sustain you during this time.

    All our Love,

  3. Mark Davis, WTNH TV says:

    Sincerest condolences to your entire family; Mary was wonderful to be with; whether covering her during her time in government, or participating in the Pulaski Day Parade.

  4. john j woodcock III says:

    To the Heslin family: Connecticut and Hartford have suffered a great loss with her passing. Mary, as Commissioner of Consumer Protection, was very instrumental in the enactment of our landmark Lemon Laws. She was a “true friend” to Connecticut consumers. God Bless, and Thank you Mary for all you have done.

  5. Sue Hamilton says:

    I remember Mrs. Heslin! I was one of her history students at Weaver High School (class of ’65). She was tough but fair and I admired her very much. Can’t say that about some (but not all) of my other teachers.

    Her family should be very proud of such a fine educator! My condolences at her passing.

  6. The Camilleri Family says:

    Our father, Mickey Camilleri, worked for Mary when he was Director of Drug Control for the State of Connecticut back in the early 1980’s. He respected her leadership and appreciated the support she gave to him and his department.

    When our dad died unexpectedly, Mary volunteered to read the eulogy at his funeral, for which we are forever grateful. We are saddened to learn of her passing, and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Bob killian says:

    A great Hartford family, a great history of service to our community and an all around great lady! My prayers are with you all as we all mourn her loss. I’m out of town for a week, but my thoughts are with you.

  8. Tommy Vincelett says:

    Remembering Mary’s remarkable unselfish dedication and commitment to the city of Hartford. Respectfully

  9. Jane Leary says:

    On behalf of President and Head of School, Christian Cashman, I offer my deepest sympathy on the passing of Mary Heslin. Mary, along with her children and grandchildren, is a valued member of the Northwest Catholic community, so we mourn her loss along with all who love her. Please know that Mary and her entire family will be remembered in a special way at our school-wide Mass in September. We are very sorry for your loss. ~ Jane Leary, Director of Constituent Relations, Northwest Catholic High School.

  10. Patricia Carey, Cary North Carolina says:

    To the family of Mary: My sincere sympathy and may God’s light shine on her and Tom always. Mary was a wonderful inspiration to my husband as they worked closely together at CP and will be remembered for her willingness to stand by and support everyone she came in touch with in her career. Thank you Mary, rest in Peace.

    Pat Carey

  11. Peter Donahue says:

    My sympathy to Mrs Berlin’s family. I was a student of hers at Jones Jr. High 1960-61 in her American History class and really enjoyed her teaching style. Rest in Peace Mrs Heslin.

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