Death of LAOH NJ State President

Dear Sisters,

It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the death of Nan Mitzen, LAOH NJ State President. Nan assumed the office of NJ State President after the death of NJ State President Judy Quinn (Oct 8, 2014). Please say a prayer for Nan and our sisters from NJ. May She Rest in Peace.

Please see our “In Memoriam” Page for obituary information.

Mary Hogan, National President.

LAOH National Board mourns the passing of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh

Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97


Fr. Hesburgh was well known in the Hibernian and Irish American Community. As a member of our LAOH National Board I had the pleasure of visiting Notre Dame University several years ago; although I did not have the opportunity to meet Fr. Hesburgh it was clear the he left an indelible mark on this great University; he played a part in making Norte Dame one of the world’s greatest centers of learning. Please stop and say a prayer for Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. 

Mary Hogan

LAOH National President

Please click on “In Memoriam” for Obituary Information and read the “President’s Message” under the National Board Tab


The Passing of LAOH Past National President Sheila M. Clifford

It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the death of LAOH Past National President Sheila M. Clifford. Please stop and say a prayer for Sheila. May she rest in Peace. She will be missed.

Sheila Clifford Past National President
Sheila Clifford Past National President

LAOH Past National President Sheila M. Clifford, 72, passed away at her home on Sunday February 8, 2015. She was born on May 15, 1942 daughter of the late Margaret (Moriarty) and Michael Clifford. Sheila worked at Miles
Pharmaceuticals/ Bayer Pharmaceuticals for thirty seven years before retiring in 2004.

She was a LAOH National Life Member; was very active on all levels of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians where she held many offices including Connecticut LAOH State President and LAOH National President from 1986 to 1988. Sheila enjoyed attending our National meetings and conventions and was very well known throughout the country.

Sheila was also a member of the Waterbury Emblem Club #552 where she enjoyed traveling to their Supreme Conventions.

Sheila was very proud of her Irish heritage, baking her special Irish Bread, and an avid UCONN Women’s Basketball Fan.

Sheila is survived by her brother John “Jack” and his wife Mary Clifford of Waterbury;  two nieces Margaret and her husband David Simpson of Thomaston, and Maureen and her husband Perry Pavolko of Pittsfield, MA; two nephews Sean and his wife Ellen Clifford of Hebron, and Kevin and his wife Michele Clifford of Prospect; great nieces and nephews, John and Brittany Pavolko, Jaclyn and Zachary Simpson, and Tyler, Patrick, Amanda, Meghan, Brandon Clifford; and her cousin Joseph and his wife Mary Moriarty of Waterbury.

Sheila was laid to rest on Friday Feb 13, 2015. Sheila’s sister Hibernians from throughout Connecticut and surrounding states attended her funeral. She will be missed. Please stop and say a prayer for Sheila. May she rest in Peace.

Mary Hogan

LAOH National President

Website Updates:

Our site has undergone numerous changes, and that will continue. Please take a moment to review them.

Subscribe Feature: We have a new “Subscribe” feature, located in the lower left of the page. This will send you notifications when we have updates that you need to know.

Facebook Button: I have installed the “Facebook” like button to link you to the National LAOH Facebook page.

Gallery: A Gallery has been installed and it is still being tweaked. Please feel free to send me only a few key photos of events.  Memorial Page: We have a memorial page. Please send me information on a deceased sister and where I can get the link to the obituary and I will post it.

LAOH Blog: The LAOH Blog page will post updates.

I would also like to ask each state to check the” Division Contacts” under the “Membership” tab. The information there is what I had at the time of updates. Please send me any corrections. This is the best contact for future members looking for a division to join.

With our new hosting we have unlimited email available and we are offering an opportunity for all States to have a LAOH web email address in the event you do not have one attached to your State. An example would be States would be able to pass on this email from President to President with no need to change contact information for members or with National. If your State would like to obtain your own email address, please contact me.

All reports are currently posted on the website under each office requiring a report. Please make sure that you check the due dates for these reports.

Mary and Catherine T. Hogan at Cardinal Dolan’s NY St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshall Installation

Timothy Cardinal Dolan was recently installed as the Grand Marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  A very large crowd waited for the Cardinal to arrive and when he did, the enthusiasm of the group was obvious.  Attending the Installation of the Grand Marshal and the Aides, National President Mary Hogan chats with Catherine T. Hogan, United Irish Counties Aide.  With Cardinal Dolan leading the Parade up Fifth Avenue, the excitement level was obvious.  What a grand evening.

Mary and Catherine Hogan