Jillian F. Walsh of Olean, who recently moved to Loudonville died October 21, 2019 after a long illness.
She was born June 5, 1930 in London, England to Frank H. and Jean Jarrett Becket. She attended schools in London and Ipswich, England and received degrees in nursing and midwifery from the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England and the London Hospital.
She emigrated to the United States in 1956 and in 1960, in St. Paul’s Cathedral in Birmingham Alabama, she married John P. Walsh. She became a United States citizen in 1998 in Buffalo, New York.
She was employed for many years at the former St. Francis Hospital in Olean. She was a member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.
She is survived by her husband, and three children, Margaret (Richard) Eckhardt of Guilderland, New York, Bridget (Rick Paluck) Walsh of Loudonville, New York and Matthew Walsh of Wolcott, New York and three grandchildren, Janet, Gregory and Elizabeth Eckhardt and a sister Susan of Norfolk, England.
She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Pauline and a son, John T. Walsh.
The family would like to express gratitude for Hospice of Albany County and especially Cory who provided gentle care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jillian’s name to Interfaith Caregivers of Olean, NY, Community Hospice of Albany or donor’s choice.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at The Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas (on the corner of North Lake and Central Avenue), Albany, New York 12206.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas, 273 Central Avenue, Albany, New York 12206.
Burial services will be held Saturday (October 26, 2019) at 11:00am in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Section 8 in Allegany, NY. Fr. James Vacco, OFM, will officiate. All are welcome to attend.