Jeanne Frances Hagerty, 93, of East Greenwich, passed away Tuesday, March 24, in Virginia Beach, Va. She was born August 29, 1921, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Charles and Frances (Connors) Rimmelin. She was predeceased by her husband Patrick Henry Hagerty, her brother William Rimmelin, and her dear friend, Frank Chipak.
Jeanne lived in East Greenwich for 50 years, moving to Virginia Beach in May 2013.
She leaves behind her children Timothy Hagerty, Mary Pat Marcello (Patrick), Kathleen Seraphin (Robert), Barbara Chegin (George) and Sheila Hagerty; grandchildren Katie and Christine Hagerty, Elizabeth Marcello (Scott Currence), Jeffrey Marcello (Christina), Rachel Grof (David), Andrew Seraphin (Jessica), Catherine Seraphin, Michael, Matthew and Christopher Chegin, as well as five great-grandchildren. Jeanne is also survived by her sister, Dolores Reis, sister-in-law Joyce Rimmelin, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A 1939 graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, Jeanne continued her education after raising her children. She graduated as an RN from CCRI, class of 1975, and worked for 10 years for Drs. Robert Curhan and Martin Schwarz in Wakefield. Jeanne was always an active volunteer, working as a Gray Lady at the Quonset Point Naval Hospital; the Mothers Club at both Our Lady of Mercy School, and later at Prout Memorial High School, where she served as president during the school’s early years. As the multi-term president of the East Greenwich AARP Chapter #1365, she worked more than 25 years with the Tax Aide Program, becoming the state director and assisting at the East Greenwich sites until 2011. She served on the Senior Advisory Council for East Greenwich Senior Services, and was active for several years on the Parish Council at Our Lady of Mercy Church.
Jeanne enjoyed traveling, having seen most of the United States, much of Europe, as well as China, Iceland, Russia, and Israel. Her favorite trips were family cruises to Bermuda. She loved nothing better than spending time with her children, and later grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March 30, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 65 Third St., East Greenwich. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, East Greenwich. Calling hours: Sunday, March 29, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich. Memorial donations in her name are requested to the Missionaries of the Poor, P.O. Box 29893, Atlanta, Ga. 30359.