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|Helen Marie (Hart) Heneghan|
|Viewing: Friday, July 17, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20852 |
Service: Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 11 am
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church, 520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Helen Marie (Hart) Heneghan, born May 7, 1932, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015 due to complications from cancer at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She was in the company of her loving husband Frank and five sons. Her extraordinary life was dedicated to serving others, whether her family, her church, or the community of Rockville, Maryland.
She is survived by her husband, Francis Michael, her sister Maureen (Hart) Ripley Steele (Richmond); her sons: Daniel (Wilmington, NC), his wife Nell and daughters Elynor, Lauren, Bridget, Annalee; James (Parker, CO) and his wife Anne; William (Ellicott City, MD), his wife Rena and daughters Meghan, Kerry, Bailey; Lal (Atherton, CA), his wife Amy and children Jack and Lucy; Ronald (Baltimore, MD), and his children Lily and Henry.
The family will receive visitors at St. Mary's Church in Rockville, Friday, July 17, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Mass of Christian burial at 11am at same on Saturday, July 18th. Graveside service at St. Mary's Parish Cemetery on Old Baltimore Road will precede a reception at Glenview Mansion in Rockville Civic Center.
Born in Boston to Helen and Ronald Hart, Helen graduated valedictorian from St. Clements Catholic School in West Medford and attended Regis College. Frank and Helen married December 28, 1955, and moved to Rockville in 1958.
She served as City Clerk-Treasurer of Rockville under four mayors and seven city councils from 1974-1986, and continued her service as an advisor to mayors and city staff throughout her life. Helen was chair of the Board of Supervisors of Elections, and she became a certified municipal clerk through the University of Maryland.
Former Mayor John Freeland wrote that Helen had been responsible for many ideas that had "improved the quality of life in Rockville." One such idea was the American flag, proudly waving in Veterans Park, between Rockville Pike and Veirs Mill Road.
"Most people give the elected officials credit for putting Old Glory on the F. Scott Fitzgerald Triangle, but it was Helen and her direct appeal to patriotic residents who did the job," Freeland wrote in the Rockville Gazette. "She brought the American Legion into the project" and so funds to raise the flag "came from every corner of Rockville."
She volunteered in multiple positions with St. Mary�s Church, and took pride in selecting recipients for a graduation award that bears her name. Helen was secretary-treasurer and vice-president of the Maryland Municipal League's Clerk Association. She was a member and President of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered as an instructor and board member for Hospice Caring, Inc. For the past five years, she served as Board Treasurer for the information technology firm HCGI.
She was a devout viewer of Jeopardy, the Washington Redskins, theatre, and whatever sport her sons were playing. In retirement, she cherished the time spent with friends old and new in Naples, Florida and Ocean City, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Helen Hart Heneghan Graduation Gift c/o St. Mary�s School, Rockville, Maryland.
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