Rita Catherine (Madden) Clancy, of Bridgewater, formerly of Brockton, MA, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, one day before her 90th birthday. Rita had resided at the Lifecare Center in West Bridgewater, MA, since January 5 of this year. Rita was the daughter of Timothy T. and Catherine T. (Tuite) Madden of Brockton. Rita was married to Daniel James Clancy, who died in December 2003.
Rita leaves behind seven loving children, Rita and her husband, James O’Brien; D. Clancy Ulianelli; Raymond; John; Michael; Noreen; and Daniel and his wife, Catherine (Good) Clancy.
Rita was a role model for her nine grandchildren including Patrick and Tobias O’Brien; Bethany and Michael Clancy Ulianelli; Jillian Clancy; Anna (Clancy) Trevino and Timothy Clancy; and Dillon and Margaret Rita Clancy. Blessed to have been her great grandchildren are Patrick Jr., Catherine and Conor O’Brien; Emma and Neila O’Brien; Zachary Clancy Ulianelli; and Bella Trevino.
Rita was preceded in death by her siblings William and his wife, Beatrice Madden; Timothy Madden; Richard Madden; and Mary and her husband, Russell Kahler. Rita is also survived by her two loving sisters-in-law, Celeste Madden and Carol Madden. Rita was adored by her numerous nieces and nephews, and their children.
Rita was born in Brockton and a graduate of Brockton High School. Prior to her marriage in 1949, Rita worked at Kresge’s and the New England Telephone Company. Rita was also employed as a Cafeteria worker for the Brockton Public Schools through the 1980s. Her skill at caring and nurturing children evolved into many Nanny positions for family members, and for others with whom she developed close relationships. Rita ended her childcare career at the age of 80, after Mike and Kathy Kozak of East Bridgewater’s four children, Katie, Emily, Michelle and James were mostly grown. Rita was proud to have been lovingly called “Gram” by the Kozak family.
Rita was devoted to her family and their happiness and well-being were her first concerns. To be in her presence was a gift. Rita led a faithful life in the service of God and honored His two greatest commandments by loving God with her whole heart, soul, and mind and by treating others as she wanted to be treated by them.
Visitation will be at the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, MA, on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. A funeral mass will be at Rita’s parish church, St. Thomas Aquinas, 103 Center Street, Bridgewater, MA at 12:00 noon, on Monday, April 24, 2017. The funeral procession will proceed to The Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, for burial scheduled at 2:15pm.