FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Caitlin L. McEnery, of Fairfield, died March 27 at the age of 26. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age.
McEnergy worked as a pediatric oncology nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
She was born March 28, 1985, in Stamford to Gerard "Jerry" and Sheila McEnery. Raised in Fairfield, McEnery graduated from Riverfield School, Tomlinson Middle School and Fairfield High School. She received a bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Georgetown University.
While at Georgetown, McEnery worked in at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She advocated for diabetes funding and stem cell research and spoke in front of a bipartisan Congressional committee. In 2007, McEnery served as U.S. Ambassador to the International Diabetes Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa.
As a camper and counselor at Clara Barton Camp, McEnery was an inspiration to many coping with juvenile diabetes. In Fairfield, she'd spend every summer with family and friends at Fairfield Beach Club.
In addition to her parents, survivors are her brother, Matthew J. McEnery; her sister, Caroline E. McEnery of Fairfield; her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Nancy Kennedy of Rye, N.Y., and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Matthew and Ailis McEnery.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home in Fairfield. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Caitlin's memory may be made to The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, 30 Ennis Road, North Oxford, MA 01537, or to the Georgetown University School of Nursing, St. Mary's Hall, 3700 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20057.