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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Maureen M. Gartlan, 72

Maureen Rose Mattson Gartlan of New Canaan, a former Westport resident, died July 5 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She was 72.

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Maureen Gartlan: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Eugene Gartlan was born and raised in Sunnyside, New York, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Rose McNulty Mattson of Sunnyside. 

She attended Saint Theresa Catholic School in Woodside, followed by Saint Jean Baptist Catholic High School in Manhattan. The Mattson family was devoted members of Queen of Angels Church, where they enjoyed time with their neighborhood friends.

Maureen met her husband on a blind date at a dance at Saint Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan and were married in Queen of Angels in 1967.

In 1973, they moved to Westport to raise their family of three young children. She was a loving and active mother and participated in all of events, especially as a soccer- mom, band-mom.

She hosted numerous fun pool parties at their Harding Lane home and was tireless in her dedication to catching up with the kids’ friends over a cup of tea and always sharing a funny story. She had a wonderful dry wit and a warm and engaging smile that everyone was drawn to. 

During her time in Westport, she worked as an executive assistant for Marketing Corp. of America in Westport and then earned a B.A. from Marymount College and a Master’s in literature from Fordham University. Additionally, she worked as a teacher at the Katherine Gibbs School.

She was an avid reader and had a great thirst for knowledge. She enjoyed skiing with family at Okemo Mountain, where they had a slope-side condo, and boating with friends in Bonita Springs, Florida where they lived during the winter months from 1995 to 2008. 

She also enjoyed theater, cooking, tennis, bridge and travel, particularly to Kinsale, Ireland where her youngest daughter’s family lived for a few years. 

She is survived by her children, Nancy Gartlan-Tweed and her husband Michael of Fairfield, Eugene Gartlan and his wife Danit of Irvington, New York, Kathy O’Regan and her husband Martin of New Canaan, her brother Charles Mattson and his wife Mary Ellen of Commack, New York, her sister and best friend Ann “Nancy” Feldmann and her husband Tom of Fort Mill, South Carolina as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Lawrence “Sonny” Mattson of Freeport, New York in February 2017. She is also survived by grandchildren Owen Gartlan (12), Ethan Gartlan (9), Morgan Rose O’Regan (12) and Niamh O’Regan (5).

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 8 at 11 a.m. directly at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport. Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield.

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