Wednesday, July 24, 2024


Michael Ann Hay, 77

Michael Ann Hay of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died July 21 at home. She was 77. Image
Mikey Hay: Staples grad. Contributed photo

The wife of the late John “Jack” Hay was born in New York to the late Joan and Charles S. Schnelle, Sr. and was a lifelong area resident. Mikey as she was known, was a graduate of Staples High School and was an integral volunteer on the Reunion Committee, Class of 1959.

She loved to travel and especially liked to accompany the Knights of Columbus trips planned by her stepson-in-law, John Benard.  She also enjoyed family vacations in Westbrook on the Connecticut coast.

A faithful communicant at Holy Family Church, Mikey could always be found volunteering at many church events. She was an avid reader, particularly mystery novels and always enjoyed a good PBS Masterpiece special.

She is survived by her children, Alicia Nilson and her husband, Greg, Christopher Barrett and his wife Jessica, and Sarah Barrett. She will also be missed by her grandchildren, Michael, Edward and Charles Barrett and Marigrace Nilson. She is also survived by her former husband, William L.D. Barrett, and many extended relatives and old, new and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Charles S. Schnelle, Jr.

Friends may greet her family Friday, July 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield, followed by interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park in Hamden.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06825. To send an online condolence, please visit

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