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Maura Vlacich (née Collins)


Long Island, New York and formerly of Kiltarnet, Newport

Maura Vlacich, née Collins originally from Kiltarnet, Newport, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2019 in Long Island, New York surrounded by her family. Maura was born in 1944 to parents Michael and Mary Agnes, Maura is pre deceased by her parents and brother Mickey. The eldest of six children Maura attended National School in Newport and went on to further her education in The Sacred Heart School, Westport.  A keen sportswoman Maura won an All-Ireland Camogie Medal in the 1950’s with the Burrishoole Ladies Team, an accolade of which she was very proud. Maura was a lovely singer and talented violinist, she loved Irish music and dancing and was always happy to meet friends and neighbours on the road for a chat. Maura loved spending time in her Grandfather, Willie O’Malley’s (Mailles) Bar helping out and talking with the locals. In 1959, as was so common for the time, Maura’s Aunt Katie in New York invited her over to find work. Maura quickly settled into her life in America and was working as a Bank Clerk. Maura kept involved with the Irish Community in New York and it was at a waltzing competition she met Silvano Vlacich, a fellow immigrant who loved to dance, together that day they won the waltzing competition, and soon after they married. Maura and Silvano shared a love of family and keeping strong traditions in place, they welcomed three sons, Michael, Joseph and Raymond. Maura and Silvano continued to be actively involved in the Irish community in New York and continued their dancing days. When the family set up their thriving limousine rental business Maura took charge of the office and looked after all the bookings and dealt with all the customers. Maura was never happier than when family was visiting and the kitchen was full of people enjoying her cooking. Maura especially loved returning to Newport and meeting up with her family and old friends, her last visit was ten years ago for a secondary school reunion. Maura became ill five years again and borne her illness with great courage. She delighted in helping to look after her precious grandchildren and lived each day to the fullest. Maura’s siblings, Patsy, Kathleen, Valerie and Jack and all her nieces and nephews and relations would like to thank all those who took the time to sympathise with us on our recent loss, thank you to those who sent cards, made calls and visited with us at this sad time. Maura was the kindest most gentle soul you could meet, may she rest in peace.
Mass was celebrated for Maura in St Patrick’s Church, Newport on April 7.