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Gwendolyn M. Kirby

October 15, 1979 ~ August 30, 2017 (age 37)
Gwendolyn Marie Kirby, 37, a beloved daughter of Valeria Kirby who predeceased her in 2012, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 30, at her home in Quincy. Born on October 15, 1979, in Springfield, MA, she was raised by her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Ellen (Rooney) Kirby. Gwen was educated in Springfield and lived most of her life here. She was a talented gymnast in her youth and all through High School. After High School, Gwen continued her education and became a CNC Machinist and worked for several companies throughout the Springfield and Boston area. She was a loving and caring person who was a pleasure to be around. Her presence will be missed dearly. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her sister, Patricia A. Thompson and her cherished niece, Eve O’Neil, both of Longmeadow, her aunt Mary Ellen Kirby, of West Springfield; uncles John and Thomas Kirby, both of Agawam, numerous cousins and friends, and extended family members, Aimee, Dana, Eileen, and Howard Washburn. In addition to her mother and grandparents, she was predeceased by her aunts, Sharon Lepine and Deborah Field. A family gathering celebrating her life will be held at a later date. Her burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gwendolyn’s name may be made to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Office of Philanthropy, 1375 St. Anthony Ave., Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55104-4009. Hafey Funeral Service has been entrusted with her arrangements. For online condolences please visit

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