Geraldine "Dena" Solan
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Sharon - Geraldine "Dena" Kenny Solan, 65, of Mountain View Lane, Canaan died November 1, 2019 at home surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of Richard Solan. Dena was born February 2, 1954 in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late William and Geraldine (Teefy) Kenny. She graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School and studied Recreational Psychology at Marist College. An avid athlete, Dena was instrumental in paving the way for female athletes and sports at Housatonic and Marist, where she helped start Marist's women's basketball program, now a Division 1 team in the NCAA tournament. She earned her coaching certificate at Northwest Community College in 1992 and coached young athletes in soccer, basketball, Little League and softball throughout the Northwest Corner, Great Barrington and Sheffield. After graduating from umpire school in 1995, Dena went on to referee soccer, basketball and softball for over 20 years. She was most proud of her invitation to umpire tournament play for the Little League Eastern Regional Softball Tournament in Bristol for four years. In 2016, Dena was inducted into Housatonic Regional's Sports Hall of Fame.
Dena was a communicant of St. Joseph's parish in Canaan, was an active member of the Choir and volunteered throughout her community.
She is survived by her husband Richard, son Joseph and her siblings Mari Louise Torrant of Norfolk, William Kenny of Colorado Springs, CO, Joseph Kenny of Burke, VA., Brian Kenny of Sharon and Sean Kenny of Canaan and nine nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 6th from 3 - 7 p.m. at the Kenny Funeral Home, Main Street in Sharon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 7th,10 a.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Canaan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Salmon Kill Road, Salisbury, CT 06068 or the North Canaan Little League. The Kenny Funeral Home has care of arrangements.