Obituary: Marie (McSherry) Lowe

Marie (McSherry) Lowe

Marie (McSherry) Lowe

NAUGATUCK — Marie “Sis” (McSherry) Lowe, 92, of Naugatuck, the widow of Edward C. Lowe, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Lowe was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Waterbury, a daughter of the late Hugh and Marie (McCarthy) McSherry, and had been a lifelong Naugatuck resident. Sis graduated from Salem School and Naugatuck High School and had worked as a bookkeeper at the Eastern Company.

She was an active volunteer for many organizations from 1947 to 2009. Sis was the past president of the Naugatuck Junior Women’s Club, helped organize the first American Cancer Society drive in Naugatuck and created the first teen center at the Glee Theater. A tireless volunteer, Sis was an organizing parent and timer for the first Naugatuck Girl’s Swim Club, run by Alex “Gimbo” Sullivan, and represented the team at swim meets throughout the state. In conjunction with the YMCA, Sis organized a Naugatuck Red Cross swim instruction program and proudly coordinated the first swim instruction program for the handicapped in Connecticut.

Sis was involved in Naugatuck politics and was appointed by former Mayor Joseph C. Raytkwich to the planning and zoning commission. Sis served on many committees of the State and Waterbury Master Plumbers associations and was a past president and vice president of the Waterbury Women’s Association and a past president of the State Women’s Association. She also did volunteer work for Easter Seals and the State of Connecticut Elderly Finance Services.

Sis was a member and former trustee of the B.P.O. Elks, Naugatuck Lodge 967 and a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Sis is survived by her daughter, Christine Lowe Kuczenski and her husband, Henry, of Naugatuck; her son, Robert Lowe and his wife, Karen, of Goshen; her brother, John “Jack” McSherry of Naugatuck; her grandson, Shawn Kuczenski and his wife, Karen; her grandson, Jay Kuczenski and his wife, Sue; her grandchildren, Devin and Anna Lowe; her great-grandchildren, Michael, Amber, Brandon, Tyler, Shealynn and Alex Kuczenski; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. from the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., to St. Francis of Assisi Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Naugatuck Elks will perform a ritual Monday at 6:15 p.m. at the funeral home.

To honor Sis’s memory, contributions may be made to VNA Healthcare Hospice, 50 Brookside Road, Waterbury, CT 06708.

To send an online condolence, visit www.buckmillerthurstonmengacci.com.

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