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03/09/2023 11:04 AM

Faith Augur McCarthy

Faith Augur McCarthy, 95, of Northford, the beloved wife of the late Robert E. McCarthy for 60 years, passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side on Feb. 26. Faith was born in New Haven to the late Anna and Joseph Augur. She lived in the home she and Bob built 65 years ago until the time of her death.

Faith earned her bachelor’s degree from Albertus Magnus College, her master’s degree from Middlebury College, and her 6th Year in educational administration from Southern Connecticut State University. Faith spent most of her teaching career as a Spanish teacher and foreign language department chair at Branford High School. She was the district liaison for the New Haven Yale International Studies Center. She served as a consultant for the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and coordinated its cooperative language program. Upon her retirement from public school teaching, she served as an instructor of Spanish at Albertus Magnus. Faith’s contribution to public education was recognized with her induction into the Branford Education Hall of Fame in 2012.

Faith and Bob enjoyed many travels, including three-generation trips with their family. Faith especially enjoyed visiting countries where she could use her Spanish language skills. She was a member of The Owenego in Branford for over 70 years, where she enjoyed friendships, sunshine, and swimming. Faith served her church community of St. Augustine as a lay lector and Eucharistic Minister.

Faith is survived by her daughters, Patrice Kirshbaum and her husband, Donald, of Wallingford, and Joann Oleynik and her husband, Kenneth, of Woodbridge; and her grandchildren, of whom she was very proud, Lynn and Sara Kirshbaum and Colleen and Ryan Oleynik. She is also survived by her sister and six nieces and nephews.

Family and friends visited on March 3 at the Havens Family North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., North Haven. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on March 4 at Church of the Resurrection in Wallingford. Burial followed in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Albertus Magnus College, Office of Advancement, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511, or to Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.