Glancy, Kathleen “Kathy”

Kathleen “Kathy” Glancy, 72, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 26 at McLean Home in Simsbury, where she had resided for the last 46 years.
Born in Bridgeport on January 24, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Glancy and Anne Shanley Glancy. Faced with having cerebral palsy and intellectual limitations, she met all of her challenges with a positive attitude, sense of humor, and a strong faith in God. She completed high school in Trumbull through a special education form designed to meet her physical needs. After moving to McLean Home in 1973, she began seeking opportunities for volunteer work and training. She spent eight years in FAVARH’s sheltered workshop program. She left that program when she found an opportunity to volunteer for the YMCA Latch Key Program at Latimer Lane School in Simsbury. She enjoyed working with the children and particularly talking to them about living with a disability. She also volunteered at the Simsbury Library. She walked three miles a day, whether it was to St. Mary’s Church or her other volunteer activities. When the distance was too far, she arranged for transportation for herself through Dial A Ride. In the summers, she volunteered at the town’s Recreation Department summer camp program. In 1996, she was awarded the Simsbury Hometown Hero award recognizing her contributions to the community. At that time, she said she wanted to give something back in appreciation for the people and organizations who provided help to her. It was very important for her to “make a life of my own”. When she “retired” from these volunteer programs, she spent time closer to home, enjoying the opportunity to work in the McLean Garden. She found this very peaceful, a time for reflection and prayer.
She loved watching sports and rooting for her favorite teams, including the Red Sox, the New York Giants, and UCONN basketball, both the men’s and the women’s teams. Her incredible memory and enthusiasm for their games allowed for many discussions with family, staff, and other residents with great attention to detail.
For her 60th birthday, she wanted to wake up in Disney World. This was truly a trip of a lifetime and she would often look through the photos and scrapbook from this special celebration.
The importance of family was at Kathy’s core, as she was always asking how everyone was doing and enjoyed updating the McLean staff and other residents and families on their accomplishments. She delighted in family visits and phone calls from family members.
Kathy handled recent health issues honestly and valiantly. She was very grateful for all the medical care she received.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the compassionate and loving care she received from the McLean Home. Special thanks are extended to the staff, fellow residents and family members on the Chapel Crossing unit and the Therapeutic Recreation Department.
Kathy is survived by her sister Karen Glancy Rabuse and her husband Jack Rabuse of Tolland, MA, her sister Eileen Glancy and her partner Jim Machado of Farmington, CT, her nephew Brian Rabuse and his wife Dr. Amy Campion of Dalton, MA, her niece Lisa Rabuse and her partner Chris Brocar of Canton, CT, and her nephew Matt Rabuse and his wife Meghan Rabuse of Orange, CT; her nephew Jeremy Stein of Farmington, CT, her uncle Alfred Shanley of Guilford, CT, her aunt Norma MacDaniel of Bridgeport, CT, and her aunt Pat Shanley of Milford. She is also survived by many cousins.
A time of remembrance will be held on Saturday, March 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at The Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville, CT, with a short prayer service at 5:00 led by her cousin, Rev. James Shanley. Donations may be made to the McLean Home, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. Funeral mass and burial will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Calling Hours

Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 4:00-6:00pm at The Ahern Funeral Home ~ Unionville

Funeral Service

Burial

Memorial Contribution

McLean Home, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070

3 Responses to 'Glancy, Kathleen “Kathy”'

  1. Jeanne Droste says:

    Our condolence to Kathy’s sisters and extended family. Kathy has been and continues to be a blessing to our family. A calming influence on my Mom (Helene Sweeney) also in Chapel Crossing.
    We broke bread with her at countless meals in the Pfirman Dining Room including the night before her passing (Mardi Gras Celebration).
    Weather permitting we shared many visits to the Patio, sat under the Gazebo, and admired the Butterfly & Enabling Gardens.
    Kathy had many fine qualities, but we admired her positive attitude and kindness the most. Many times she would gaze her eyes to heaven and say her mother taught her that. Always say please, Thank you and share.
    Kathy also had an amazing memory. We had a problem with names, and on countless occasions Kathy would come to the rescue. She knew every residents name including staff!
    Helene, Jeanne & Ralph

    • Eileen Glancy says:

      Thank you Jeanne. You and your family were a blessing to Kathy and us as well. Thank you for being part of our extended family.

  2. Jeanne Droste says:

    Our condolence to Kathy’s sisters and extended family. Kathy has been and continues to be a blessing to our family. A calming influence on my Mom (Helene Sweeney) also in Chapel Crossing.
    We broke bread with her at countless meals in the Pfirman Dining Room including the night before her passing (Mardi Gras Celebration).
    Weather permitting we shared many visits to the Patio, sat under the Gazebo, and admired the Butterfly & Enabling Gardens.
    Kathy had many fine qualities, but we admired her positive attitude and kindness the most. Many times she would gaze her eyes to heaven and say her mother taught her that. Always say please, Thank you and share.
    Kathy also had an amazing memory. We had a problem with names, and on countless occasions Kathy would come to the rescue. She knew every residents name including staff! She will always be missed!
    Helene, Jeanne & Ralph

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