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Maureen M. Ghio

November 20, 1932 ~ October 27, 2021 (age 88)


Maureen M. Ghio (McDonald), 88, of Bristol, passed away surrounded by her loving children on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, after a one month battle with metastatic ovarian cancer. She was born in Bristol, CT on November 20, 1932, daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Parkinson) McDonald.

Maureen was the devoted and proud wife of her late husband, Frederick E. Ghio, whom she missed deeply since his passing on September 27, 2020. She was a savvy entrepreneur throughout her entire life, she was truly ahead of her time. Maureen spent her career as a realtor and never fully retired. She was passionate about buying and selling real estate and was managing multiple properties until her very last days. Maureen liked to stay busy and being a grandmother was her favorite role for over 40 years. She was affectionately known by everyone in her family as “GG”.

Maureen left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She had a bold Irish personality that would capture the room. She was proud of her Irish heritage and fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams of traveling to Ireland. She was an animal lover through and through and took pride in being every dog’s best friend. Maureen and Fred were high school sweethearts. They were happily married for nearly 70 years and lived a wonderful life together. They called many places their second home, including Black Point Beach, Sanibel Island and Vero Beach. She lived to create beautiful and lasting memories for her children and grandchildren, as she was the family Matriarch. She took her family on several cruises and enjoyed yearly trips to Disney World; she was the happiest when everyone was together.

Maureen leaves behind her sons Frederick W. Ghio and his wife Mary, William M. Ghio and his wife Janet; daughters Susanbeth DeRemer and her husband William, Kathleen Markert and her husband Thomas; 12 grandchildren, Katie (Ryan), Beth (Chris), Maura (Justin), Billy, Rory, Drew, Billy, Megan (Derek), Brianna, Jaclyn, Amanda, and Alyssa (Matt); 8 great-grandchildren, Sean, Dylan, Vale, Kieran, Emme, Leo, Remi, Ford and 1 on the way.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, November 1, 2021 from 4PM until 6PM at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Bristol. A funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 starting at the funeral home at 10AM until a procession to St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol for an 11AM Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.

Maureen was passionate about several charitable organizations. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org or Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, www.fidelco.org.

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November 1, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
O'Brien Funeral Home
24 Lincoln Ave.
Bristol, CT 06010

November 2, 2021

11:00 AM to TBD
St. Francis de Sales / St. Anthony Church
111 School St.
Bristol, CT 06010


St. Joseph Cemetery
522 Terryville Ave
Bristol, CT 06010

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