December 6, 2021

Unexpected Death of David Winer Announced; Former Board Member, President of Old Lyme’s PGN Library

David “Dave” Winer of Haddam, Connecticut, former Dean of Students at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, passed away unexpectedly from complications of cholangiocarcinoma on November 26, 2021. He was 84 …

Dave leaves behind his wife of 40 years and the love of his life, Judith Watson Winer …

Dave is also survived by his four stepchildren and their spouses: [including] Lauralyn Lewis of Old Lyme, CT …

Dave devoted his professional life to Trinity College and its students. In his long and distinguished career there from 1966 until his retirement in 2004, Dave served in several roles …

He served on the Board of Trustees for the Old Lyme, Connecticut Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library for 12 years and was President of the Board for five years …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published Dec. 5, 2021, by the Hartford Courant.

Death Announced of Marie Fernande Muller of Old Lyme, Longtime Member of Christ The King

Marie Fernande Muller

OLD LYME — Marie Fernande Muller (Arsenault) daughter of Juliette Belleveau and Emile Arsenault passed away peacefully Sept. 6, 2021, surrounded by her children.

Born in Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada in 1929, the youngest of 13 children, her childhood years being raised on the family dairy farm which is still in existence today. She enjoyed sharing many stories with her children and grandchildren about life growing up on a farm.

After her primary education in Bonaventure, she went on to study nursing and received her degree from Notre Dame De Liesse – Ecole Puericulture in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1949.

She met and married her late husband, Julian Howard Muller in 1956 and moved to Old Lyme where she raised seven children, primarily on her own after his passing in 1977. She was a truly loving and kind woman who was always in the process of doing something for someone she loved, either her children or a neighbor who wasn’t feeling well.

She was a devout member of Christ the King Church and greatly enjoyed the company of her fellow parishioners who dubbed themselves “The God Squad” at their after mass coffee gatherings. You could find her on any fair weather day, soaking in the sun and fresh salt air at White Sands Beach in her favorite spot by the jetty. To those who knew her, her courage and resilience were a source of inspiration. She will be forever in our hearts.

She is survived by her seven children, Marjorie Ottenbreit, Michelle Muller, Marie McKeon, Howard Muller, Julian Muller Jr., John Muller and Marc Muller; as well as ten grandchildren, George, Michelle, Joshua, Alyssa, Chelsea, Isabelle, Julian III, Sara, Emma, Ryan; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 25, 2021, Christ the King Church in Old Lyme with interment to follow at Duck River Cemetery.

Death Announced of James Phillip Wells, Longtime Member of Black Hall Club in Old Lyme

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. – James Phillip Wells, 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Nov. 18, 2021. Jim was born Dec. 8, 1942, in Boston, Mass. …

Jim is survived by Barbara Gada Wells with whom he had five children …

Anyone who knew Jim knew his love of golf. Jim was a longtime member of Black Hall in Old Lyme and The Legacy in Port St. Lucie, Fla. …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Nov. 24, in The Day.

Death of Dennis R. Peterson of Old Lyme Announced

OLD LYME — Dennis R. Peterson of Old Lyme passed away Nov. 14, 2021. He was the son of Leo Russell Peterson and Eleanor Frances (Cox) Peterson born Feb. 1, 1946, in Bronx, N.Y.

He is survived by his loving wife Tolan …

He will be missed by his many friends and neighbors at his favorite place, Old Colony Beach …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Nov. 17, in The Day.

Death of Charles Townsend Ludington, Jr. Announced, Formerly of Old Lyme; ‘Education … was the Constant Theme in his Life’

January 31, 1936 – November 4, 2021
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Charles Townsend Ludington Jr., “Towny”, professor emeritus of English and American Studies at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, died of renal failure in hospice care in Pittsboro, North Carolina, on November 4, 2021.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Ludington moved to Old Lyme, Connecticut at age three. Education, both his own and that of his students, was the constant theme in his life …

An outstanding scholar, Ludington was awarded grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the American Philosophical Society, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and the National Humanities Center …

In his later years he enjoyed the more tranquil pursuits of sailing in the Long Island Sound and piloting his small motorboat around the mouth of the Connecticut River …

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, November 20th, at Graham Memorial Hall on the UNC campus, at 10am …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Nov. 17, in The News & Observer.

Death Announced of Robert King “Bobby” White of Old Lyme, Longtime NYSE Member; Services Scheduled Nov. 27 in OL

OLD LYME — With sadness but also with deep gratitude for a long life well lived, we announce the passing of Robert King “Bobby” White of Old Lyme, Nov. 7, 2021. Born in New York City, July 5, 1928, to Elsie Croll and Robert Hooper White, Bobby graduated from the Buckley School, Collegiate School and Yale University (1950). He was a longtime member of the New York Stock Exchange …

All are welcome to attend a memorial service for Bobby at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme. (vaccinations requested; masks required.) Gifts in Bobby’s memory can be made to the Henry L. Ferguson Museum, PO Box 554, Fishers Island, NY 06390, or the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Nov. 13 in The Day.

Death of William James “Bill” Jackson Sr. Announced, Resident of Old Lyme for 64 Years

EAST LYME — William James “Bill” Jackson Sr., 77, of East Lyme, beloved husband of Joann Race Jackson, passed away Oct. 3, 2021, at L+M Hospital in New London, with his wife by his side. Bill was born Dec. 23, 1943, to Lucy Noyes Jackson of Old Lyme and Charles A. Jackson of Columbus, Ga.

Bill lived in Old Lyme for 64 years and was a volunteer firefighter in town for many years …

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Old Lyme Animal Control, 3 Machnik Dr, Old Lyme, 06371, CT in his honor …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Oct. 22, in The Day.

Death Announced of Henry L. Friel, Jr. of Hadlyme, Father of Peter of Old Lyme, Father-in-Law of the Late Michelle Friel

HADLYME — Henry L. Friel, Jr., of Hadlyme, beloved husband of Lucynda R. (Gallia) Friel, died Sunday November 7, 2021 at Chestelm Health Care Center, East Haddam …

Besides his wife Lucynda, Henry is survived by five children, Mark Friel and his partner Susan Girard of Sea Cliff, NY, Peter Friel of Old Lyme, Mary Ann Fulner and her husband Brad of Killingworth, Matthew Friel and his wife Lesli of Rye, NH, and Jennifer DelMastro and her husband Christopher of South Kingstown, RI …

Henry was predeceased by his beloved daughter-in-law, Michelle Friel, wife of Peter …

A funeral liturgy will be held Monday, November 15th at 11:00 am at St. Bridget of Kildare Church, 75 Moodus Leesville Road, Moodus …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published by Biega Funeral Home.

 

 

Death Announced of Henry ‘Hank’ Thomas Golet of Old Lyme; Acclaimed Nature Photographer, Tireless OL Land Trust Volunteer, Father of Nikki Berry of Lyme

Henry Thomas Golet

OLD LYME — Henry Thomas Golet, of Old Lyme, Connecticut, passed away on October 15, 2021 at the age of 84. Henry, or “Hank” as he was known to many, died peacefully at home with the sounds of birds and his water garden outside his open door.

Born in Middletown, Connecticut, Hank was the son of the late Walter “Jack” and Louise (Ryczek) Golet, and grew up in Moodus. His father worked at a local hunt club, and together with Louise raised four children, passing on strong family values and a love of the outdoors. Hank continued family traditions of amateur archeology, commercial shad fishing, and sharing the joys of the natural world with others.

Hank graduated from Nathan Hale Ray High School in 1955, where he was a star athlete and member of the Hale Ray Hall of Fame. After high school, he proudly served in the US Marine Corps, and then spent most of his working life as a lineman for Connecticut Light and Power Company. He took satisfaction in restoring power when the lines went down, as was common during New England storms.

Retiring at a young age, Hank had the ‘golden’ opportunity to pursue may of his lifetime hobbies full-time—and take on new ones. These included a mix of sports and outdoor pursuits, increasingly developing and sharing his knowledge as a naturalist and his love of nature. After years playing tennis, Hank took on road racing. His favorite event (at least in retrospect) was the Mount Washington road race. He was an age group champion several years running and held the course record for years after. He also earned a Hartford Track Club runner of the year award in 1989. More than his competitive accolades, however, Hank valued the friendships and comradery he found in the running community.

An avid explorer, whether by kayak or on foot, Hank knew the lower Connecticut River valley inside and out. He was a tireless volunteer and trail steward for the Old Lyme Conservation Trust and was well-versed in the flora and fauna of the region. He took a special interest in amphibians, butterflies, and most of all birds, building and erecting hundreds of bluebird boxes and osprey nesting platforms. He was an expert fisherman, beekeeper, garlic farmer, and blueberry grower and provided his family and friends with a steady supply of the delicious outputs.

Hank enjoyed sharing wonders of the natural world with others, whether it was the springtime display of the woodcock or the fall murmuration of swallows at Goose Island, the latter of which he was proud to introduce to his neighbor and friend Roger Tory Peterson in 1995. He used his camera to chronicle the life around him and shared his observations in slide shows focused on local wildlife and scenes from his travels.

“Hank the Birdman” as he was known to the school children of Culebra, led field trips and conducted surveys as a wildlife refuge volunteer. In sharing the wonders of the natural world, he did much to advance a conservation ethic in others, and this may be for what he is most remembered. Then again maybe it will be for the tasty honey that he made available in local markets from his beehives!

Hank is survived by his daughter Nicole Berry of Lyme, his son Gregory and wife Debbie of Chico, California, his brother Francis and wife Susan of West Kingstown, RI, his five grandsons, Bradley and Nicholas Berry, and Dylan, Ben, and Kyle Golet, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by his former spouse, Geraldine Golet, of West Dover, Vermont, and his first wife Shelley Sternicki of Eustis, Maine.

A celebration of life is being planned for the spring, with details forthcoming. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute or the Old Lyme Land Trust.

Death of Fortunato “Frank” Cocco, 87, of Old Lyme Announced, Services Thursday

OLD LYME — Fortunato “Frank” Cocco, 87, of Old Lyme passed away at home Oct. 22, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Anne (DeMatteo) Cocco, to whom he was married for 65 years …

Fortunato is survived by his wife Anne; his children Rose Anne Rand of Lyme …

Viewing will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme. Service at 11:30 a.m. …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published Oct. 26 in The Day.

Death of Dr. William Foster O’Meara of Old Lyme Announced, Services to be Held Nov. 5

OLD LYME – Dr. William Foster O’Meara, DMD, M.S., 92, of Old Lyme, formerly of West Hartford, passed away quietly Oct. 18, 2021, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Janice O’Meara, who survives him.

Calling hours will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Neilan and Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, in Niantic, followed by a funeral Mass at noon at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme …

Visit this link to view the full obituary notice published Oct. 24 in The Day.

Karzimierz “Chuck” Szymczyk, 68, of Old Lyme, Stricken Unexpectedly on Vacation, Died Oct. 13; Services in OL Oct. 30

OLD LYME — Karzimierz “Chuck” Szymczyk, age 68, of Old Lyme, was unexpectedly stricken during a family vacation in North Carolina, and passed away Oct. 13, 2021 …

Chuck is survived by his wife Donna of Old Lyme; his sons, Jeff (wife Katie) and Eric (wife Kirsten) …

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, in Old Lyme …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published Oct. 17 in The Day.

Death Announced of Marianne Goetze Pfeiffer of Lyme, ‘One of the Initial Organizers of High Hopes’

LYME — Marianne Goetze Pfeiffer died peacefully at her home in Lyme Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. She was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1925 and fled to the United States in 1934 …

She was a longtime volunteer throughout the community. Marianne was one of the initial organizers of High Hopes …

She served as an on-site record keeper to many of her son’s archaeological investigations throughout the lower Connecticut Valley …

Marianne loved the outdoors. The natural world was her favorite garden. The trails she blazed at Hartman Park, Bushy Hill, as well as Watch Rock are enjoyed by the young and old alike …

Marianne’s final years were spent with son John and his wife Marga; granddaughter, Aubris; and grandson Dane. They grew up with her and called her “mother nature”.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Oct. 3, in The Day.

Death Announced of Jeanette Frances Jowdy, Mother of Valerie Chapman of Old Lyme

Jeanette Jowdy

BOZRAH — Jeanette Frances Jowdy, 94, surrounded by her family, left us peacefully Sept. 17, 2021, to continue on her spiritual journey to her eternal home to be with our Lord.

She was predeceased by Albert P. Jowdy Sr., her beloved husband, who left us in 1981; and she was the daughter of the late Joseph Socha Sr. and Victoria (Trella) Socha.

Jeanette, who was a lifelong resident of Bozrah, thoroughly enjoyed her life as a homemaker as well as taking care of her family. She was a communicant of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Norwich. She was a generous and giving person. Cooking, baking, reading, listening to country music, and watching both the boys and girls Husky basketball games were some of her favorite pastimes.

While Albert was alive, she was a member of the Ledyard Squares square dancing group and she spent many hours dancing and meeting many wonderful people. She also liked to attend Bozrah Democratic Town Committee meetings.

She is survived by her brother Leon (Deborah) Socha of Wilmington, N.C.; and sisters, Martha (Leo) Laliberte of Ojai, Calif., and Rita Grubbs (Vernon) of W. Va.

She is also survived by her three children, Catherine Driscoll of Waterford, Michael Jowdy of Bozrah, and Valerie Chapman and her husband Lawrence of Old Lyme. She was “Grammy” to Jacqueline Driscoll of Royal Oak, Mich., Caitlin Silverstein and her husband Brett of Arvada, Colo., Shannon and Jennifer Chapman of Old Lyme, and Daniel Chapman of San Diego, Calif.

She also had many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband Albert, she was predeceased by her brothers, Chester and Joseph Jr. (Anne) Socha; and a sister Edna (Raymond) Drozynski. In addition, she was predeceased by her sons, Albert Jr. and Paul Jowdy and son-in-law James Driscoll.

The family would like to thank Jeanette’s “Angel” Susan Alfieri, who was there for her when she really needed her and who always made sure she had plenty of delicious food. The family would also like to thank Amber, her short-term caregiver in her final months.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Avenue, Norwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 181 Elizabeth Street, Norwich, with burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, 815 Boswell Avenue, Norwich. Family and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Church or to St. Vincent de Paul Place, 120 Cliff Street, Norwich.

Death of Agnes Quaini O’Connor, 90; Long-time Resident, Community Volunteer of Old Lyme

OMAHA, NEB./OLD LYME — Agnes was born as a United States citizen in Varese, Lombardy, Italy on January 18, 1931, … she married Joseph E. O’Connor in West Haven on July 4, 1953 …

After moving many times with the Navy, Agnes and Joe moved to their beloved Old Lyme in 1979 …

She served on the Lyme-Old Lyme School Board for many years, including a term as Chairwoman. She was a lifelong learner who loved reading and was a generous volunteer and donor at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and would often say “if you can read, you can learn to do anything.” She loved nature and was an avid gardener and member of the Duck River Garden Club and the Florence Griswold Museum Garden Gang as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Old Lyme Land Trust …

Agnes … was very involved at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme in many capacities over the last 40 years …

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00am in Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT. Interment will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371 …

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Agnes Q. O’Connor to …

Visit this link to read the full obituary, published on DignityMemorial.com

Death of Beverly Burgess Stadnick Announced, Mother of Glenn Stadnick of Old Lyme

NIANTIC — Beverly (Burgess) Stadnick died peacefully at Crescent Point in Niantic, Sept. 3, 2021, at the age of 84 …

Beverly is survived by her son Glenn Stadnick and daughter-in-law Theresa Stadnick of Old Lyme; and daughter Tamie Smith of Niantic. She also leaves behind grandsons, Samuel Stadnick of Old Lyme, and Patrick Smith of Fort Collins, Colo.; granddaughters, Carey Stadnick Greggila (Christopher) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Rebecca Smith of Golden, Colo., each of whom was her favorite.

A memorial service is scheduled for Beverly at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Main Street, Niantic, with a reception to follow at McCook’s Point Park. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Beverly’s life …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 12 in The Day.

Death Announced of Barbara Marsh Gustafson, Resident of Lyme for 50 Years

CLARENCE, N.Y. — Barbara Marsh Gustafson, age 94, died on August 12, 2021, in Clarence, NY after a brief illness …

In 1948, she graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in education and married her beloved husband, Richard L. Gustafson, a fellow graduate of the University of Connecticut. In 1965, she and her family moved to Lyme, CT, where she resided for 50 years. She was very active in that community, serving in civic, community, and church organizations. Her interests included gardening, sewing, knitting, and swimming. In 2015, she moved to Clarence, NY to live with her daughter, Sarah. …

An Interment Service was held at Eight Mile River Cemetery in Lyme on September 4, 2021. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Buffalo (www.hospicebuffalo.com)

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 12 in the Buffalo News.

Death of Arthur ‘Art’ Sibley Announced; Active Community Member, Father of Skip Sibley of Old Lyme

Art Sibley, 1933-2021

Arthur Emerson Sibley, beloved husband of the late Margaret Warren Sibley, passed away peacefully on August 22, 2021 at home. The Sibley family is so grateful for the numerous caregivers that provided Dad great comfort during these past 4 months of his journey.

Born on January 6, 1933 in Milton, MA, Art was the oldest son of the late Arthur Howard Sibley & Helen Gertrude Sibley. He spent his early childhood growing up in Braintree, MA and graduated from Greenwich, CT High School. He attended Pace University in NYC, where he developed an interest in television production. His first job was working on the Steve Allen show.

In 1954, he met his future wife Peggy on a blind date. They were married in 1956 in Riverside, CT and made their first home in Meriden, CT. In that same year, he started A.E. Sibley, Inc., a Hercules explosives distributor that supplied many blasting projects throughout CT, MA and NY.

Later moving to Middletown, he was active in the Church of the Holy Trinity where he spearheaded the construction of the “new” St. Luke’s Home. He also was a founding member of INFORM (Industry for Middletown) which created a successful municipally managed industrial park.

In 1988, Art and Peggy moved to Old Lyme, where he became an active member of Old Lyme’s Zoning Board of Appeals for many years. In that role, he used his diplomatic talent in helping residents resolve issues in a sensitive and effective way.

Art was a hardworking husband and loving husband and father who possessed a larger-than-life personality. He was a wise counselor not only for his family but also for employees and friends alike. He led by example in always maintaining a high level of integrity. His number one love was being with family especially when delicious food was featured.

He loved working outside with his wife as their horticultural vision created many beautiful landscapes that still exist today. As a great lover of jazz, Art could often be seen at Bill’s Restaurant enjoying music and dancing with friends.

As his days were approaching sunset, he kept repeating over and over again how lucky a guy he was. He will be missed by his children Skip Sibley (and Sheree) of Old Lyme; Katharine Edmonds (and Bryson) of Birmingham, AL; Stephen Sibley of Fort Worth, TX and Anne Groleau (and Michael) of Traverse City, MI. He leaves 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his younger sister Laura Sibley Rhodes (and Fred) of Chatham, MA. He was predeceased by his sister Sara Sibley Lenhart and brother-in-law Mark Lenhart of Lyme, CT.

There will be a memorial service celebrating his life on Thursday, September 23rd. The service will begin at 10:30 AM at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church located in Old Lyme. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Ann’s Church, 82 Shore Rd, Old Lyme, CT. 06371.

Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for directions and for the online guestbook.

Death Announced of Richard “Tex” Teixeira of Old Lyme, ‘Decades-long Volunteer With OL Fire Department, Ambulance Association’

OLD LYME — Richard “Tex” Teixeira, of Old Lyme, passed away Aug. 24, 2021 at age 86. He is survived by his wife Helene; and his daughter Donna Szymczyk (Chuck), both of Old Lyme …

Tex, also known as “Skip,” was a U.S. Navy veteran, a Sears Roebuck & Co. retiree and a decades-long volunteer with Old Lyme Fire Department and its Ambulance Association …

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road in Old Lyme …

Visit this link  to read the full obituary published Aug. 29, in The Day.

Death Announced of Marilyn (Gibson) Stitham of South Lyme, Her Ancestors Among Original Founders of Point O’Woods

OLD LYME — Marilyn (Gibson) Stitham of South Lyme, Conn., departed this world to the Great Grange in the sky on Aug. 20, 2021, after a courageous battle with her illness …

She moved to her ancestral home at Point O’Woods Beach, South Lyme in 2006. Her ancestors were among the original founders of the Point O’Woods community in 1919 that now includes seven generations.

She was a member of the POW Women’s Club, and volunteered on many POW activities. An avid reader of over 100 books a year, that she shared with friends and neighbors, she was the motivation to establish the Point O’Woods Library by her family 18 years ago.

She was a member of Lyme Grange 146 where she was serving as a trustee and is the former secretary of the Lyme Grange. She was also very active with The Hamburg Fair that is sponsored by the Grange.

In Old Lyme, she was a member of the former Old Lyme Grange 162 where she served as Secretary and volunteered for many charitable programs. She was also a member of The Old Lyme Historical Society …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 20 in The New Britain Herald.