Jacqueline Grogan

Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Grogan (Van DerVeer)

Friday, September 1st, 1933 - Monday, July 29th, 2019
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Jacqueline V. Grogan (VanDerVeer), 85, beloved wife of Russell T. Grogan, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 29, 2019. Born in South River, NJ she graduated from the University of Connecticut. Her first job was with the Hartford Times. She also wrote for the West Hartford News. She then became the assistant registrar of voters for the Town of West Hartford. After giving birth to four children, she switched careers and created a Trauma Support Team at both Hartford Hospital and later the Children's Medical Center. She was a great advocate for the families of the sick and dying patients. She loved children and had to stop every baby that crossed her path. Jackie was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, West Hartford. She is survived by a sister, Joan Magill of Plano, Texas; two sons, William Grogan and his wife Duvora of Fort Myers, FL and Kevin Grogan of West Hartford; two daughters, Barbara Harrigan of West Hartford and Kimberly Grogan and her partner, Regina Dayton of Windsor; her grandchildren, Alison Grogan, Christopher and his wife Melissa, Colleen Harrigan, and Alvin Shannon and Rayna and Edward White; a great-grandson Calvin; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jacqueline was predeceased by two sons, Kerry and Bradley Grogan, a son-in-law, Joseph Harrigan and a grandson, Bryan Harrigan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, (August 5), 10:00 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church on Farmington Ave., West Hartford. There are no calling hours Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Children's Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106. Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, has charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at
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  • Service

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, August 5th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Thomas the Apostle Church
    872 Farmington Avenue
    West Hartford, CT
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  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    200 Whitman Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06107
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sharon d

Posted at 07:40pm
Jackie was the mother of my dear friend Kim. Little did I know the night my brother was rushed to Hartford Hospital she would be the one to greet my family and console us. Mrs. Grogan was always very kind and down to earth when I visited her home. Sending lots of love to her family.

Sharon Sorgio


Bob Killian

Posted at 10:14am
There are few politicians who don't know and admire your Mother. Her energy, commitment and unwavering good humor made her an important part of the lives of those who knew her. No matter how long we are blessed with our parents, it's a heartbreaker when we lose them. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Lynne Killenbeck

Posted at 10:09pm
Such a sweet caring Angel,rest in peace Jackie.

Athena Mains

Posted at 06:29am
Jackie was the kindest woman I have ever known. She had an amazing way about her - the way she cared for our kiddos and their families at CCMC was without measure. I strive to be like her every day. A blessing to anyone who has ever crossed her path, Jackie has left a legacy that will not be forgotten. Much love and my sincere condolences to you, her family.

Christine Carroll

Posted at 07:16pm
Jackie was the best! I worked at AMR and she could brighten any bad day! Always got a hug from her, she gave the best ones. No one could replace her and CCMC is not the same since she left. You all have my sincere condolences.💔

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