Former state Sen. Eileen Daily, 72, of Westbrook, died Wednesday. She was known as a tenacious lawmaker and served as co-chair of the powerful Finance Committee for five terms.
Daily, who had battled cancer toward the end of her legislative career, decided not to seek re-election in 2012 and to spend more time with her family,
Daily represented the 33rd District, which included the Town of Lyme as well as well as the Towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook in the State Senate from 1993 to 2013.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statements regarding Daily’s passing:
Malloy said, “For decades, she was a tenacious fighter for her constituents and a committee chair who wielded enormous respect among colleagues—and she did it with a smile on her face. Eileen was one of the toughest elected officials in the state, yet her jovial disposition always made those around her feel at ease. She represented the best of public service and politics. She was tough, loyal, hardworking, knew the issues, and her word was always her bond. This is a loss for all of us—Eileen will indeed be missed. Our hearts go out to her family and loved ones.”
Wyman said, “Today is truly a sad day. Within the walls of the State Capitol, Eileen was more than just a public servant, she was a genuine leader. To me, Eileen was more than colleague, she was a friend. We served together for years. And while we worked closely together on so many different issues, we knew each other well. She was a wonderful person with whom I was close, and I received the news this morning with an extraordinarily heavy heart. My prayers are with her entire family at this difficult time.”
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven), Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton), and Senator Art Linares (R-Westbrook) released the following statement regarding the passing of former state senator Eileen Daily.
“For six years, I sat next to Eileen Daily in the Senate Circle,” said Sen. Fasano. “I got to know her well and deeply admire the way she served our state. She was a tremendous leader who had the ability to command respect with few words. When she did speak, she was decisive, logical and people followed. She balanced that with a great sense of humor. This is a great loss for Connecticut.”
“Eileen Daily was always a strong willed person,” said Sen. Witkos. “She had a tough exterior, but also a gentle collegial approach. I remember she always had a better handle on the state budget than most and it was clear that she put in the time and the energy to serve our state proudly. My deepest sympathy and condolences go to her family and loved ones.”
“Sen. Daily was a true champion for small towns and for the people of the 33rd Senate District,” said Sen. Linares. “She worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents, and her environmental advocacy will be a lasting legacy for our region and throughout Connecticut. She was personable and she knew the issues inside and out. Sen. Daily was respected by everyone at the State Capitol. Today, we honor Sen. Daily for her service and we remember her many accomplishments. Her passing is a tremendous loss for Westbrook and for Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sen. Daily’s family and friends.”
State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) posted on Facebook that he is, “Very sad to hear about the passing of former State Senator Eileen Daily. She was a dedicated public servant and longtime Westbrook resident who served the town as First Selectman for 6 years and as the Senator from the 33rd (which includes Westbrook, Old Saybrook, and Lyme) for 20. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and many friends. She will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”
Long-time Old Lyme resident Judith St. George, 84, died on June 10, 2015 in Bloomfield, Conn. She was the author of more than 40 books, including several young adult mysteries as well as award-winning nonfiction books for younger readers.
Among her many accolades, “So You Want to Be President?” won the Caldecott Medal, “The Mount Rushmore Story” won the Christopher Award, “The Brooklyn Bridge: They Said It Couldn?t Be Done” won the New York Academy of Sciences Award, and “The Panama Canal: Gateway to the World” won the Golden Kite Award.
Her obituary was published June 14 in The New York Times at this link.
TeacherVision.com published a biography of the Judith St. George at this link.
Schodowski, Margaret “Peggy”; age 49; of Rochester Hills, Mich.; May 12, 2015. Loving mother of Eddie and Hannah; dear daughter of John and Peg Carty; beloved sister of Jeanne (William) Davison and James Carty. Aunt of Austin, Brenna, and James. Special friend of Pat Lubiaz.
Peggy took great pride in giving back to her community. She was instrumental in saving the home of a local Troy family as well as the historical Stiles School in Rochester Hills. She was known for granting yearly Christmas wishes for a daycare center in Detroit and helping people find lost valuables and missing money. She was a proud member of the Rochester Historical Study Committee.
Funeral Mass Friday, May 15, 2015, 11 a.m. with an instate time of 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Hills, 2675 John R. Road, Rochester Hills. The family will receive friends Thursday 4-8 p.m. at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester.
Service and burial arrangements in Boston, Mass., are as follows:
Monday, May 18
Viewing for all at Dolan’s Funeral Home 460 Granite St., Milton MA.
Viewing is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Graveside burial service at Milton Cemetery 1:30 p.m.
Reception for attendees at Alba Restaurant 2 -5 p.m.
1486 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169
The following obituary was published in The Patriot Ledger today at: http://www.legacy.com/
Margaret “Peggy” Schodowski, nee Carty, was born April 12, 1966, to Margaret and John Carty in Quincy, Mass., and passed away on May 12, 2015, in peace with her mother by her side. Peggy was a warrior during her 3-year battle with the aggressive colon cancer that eventually took her life.
Her friends and family will remember her courageous spirit and fight to survive. Even on the worst of days, Peggy remained true to her spunky and determined character, never letting a day go by without a laugh. Being near her children, Eddie and Hannah, kept Peggy going during this trying time and she chose to stay close to them even creating bucket list adventures they could all participate in towards the end of her life.
Before Peggy embarked on the fight against cancer, she had a prolific career and public persona. Peggy graduated from SUNY Utica College of Technology with a BS in Computer Science. After years of working at Air Wisconsin/United Express, A C Nielsen, Kmart, Computer Consulting, and Shelving store, she returned to school at Oakland University to pursue paralegal studies. Most recently, she was a legal assistant for Bruce J. Thornburn, Esq. of Troy and also founded her own forensic investigation and research business.
Peggy also took pride in giving back to her community. She was known for granting yearly Christmas wishes for a daycare center in Detroit and helping people find lost valuables and missing money even after all options were seemingly exhausted. Peggy was instrumental in saving the home of a local Troy family as well as the historical Stiles school in Rochester Hills. Peggy was also a proud member of the Rochester Hills Historic Study Committee.
Although Peggy always lived life to the fullest, she gained a renewed appreciation on value of “living” every day to the fullest through her cancer diagnosis. Peggy could not have gotten through the past few years without the love and support of her countless friends at St. Pauls Cancer Group in Rochester.
Peggy is survived by her two children, Eddie and Hannah Schodowski of Rochester Hills, Mich.; her parents, John and Margaret Carty of Park City, Utah; her brother, James Carty and his son James of Norwood, Mass.; her sister, Jeanne (William) Davison and their children Austin and Brenna Davison of Park City, Utah; and her special friend, Pat Lubiaz of Waterford, Mich.
A viewing was held May 14, 2015, at the Potere Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., in Rochester, Mich. A funeral Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church in Rochester Hills.
Peggy will be buried in her hometown of Milton, Mass., in the Milton Cemetery, Monday, May 18, 2015. The family will receive friends Monday from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. service at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., East Milton.
It was Peggy’s request that any assistance be directed to those affected by cancer and their families. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, please find a family/person with cancer and offer assistance of any kind or donate to theherofoundation.net/ or www.cancerfamilyrelieffund. org/. For information and directions, www.dolanfuneral.com.
Ruth Anne Brown Coxe, widow of Samuel Hanson Coxe, died Wednesday March 11, 2015 of natural causes. She was 85 and lived at the family’s homestead of an 18th century home, The Captain Thomas Sill House in Old Lyme, Conn.
An early pioneer of ‘Farm to Table,’ Ruth Coxe was an advocate for healthy, local natural foods free of commercially convenient chemistry with unknown health consequences.
Ruth Brown grew up in a prominent family in Mansfield, Conn. Her father Frank Ignatius Brown ran the Spring Brook Ice Manufacturing, supplying all of Eastern Connecticut. As a young girl she loved to romp on her own in nature and enjoyed fishing. She attended Briarcliff Junior College and continued her education to Washington DC and enrolled in the May Boult Interior Design School.
Considering an operatic career, she headed to New York City and studied voice, recording on record for a short time while working at ABC Studio. Advice from a family priest discouraged theatre as it was a risky and risqué business, and she left New York City.
An adventurer at heart, Ruth pointed her car west to San Francisco, Calif., and found employment in a real estate firm. There she met her future husband, Samuel Coxe, Yale Class of 1943 and WWII Pacific Theatre Marine Air Corps. Pilot, then studying Law at the University of San Francisco.
They married in 1959 and began a family. She opened the Grinnell Grinder sandwich shop in the financial district and she became active in the La Leche League of San Francisco. However, pulled back by New England roots, they returned to Old Lyme and Samuel Coxe began his practice in Constitutional Law.
Always a pioneering spirit and active in the La Leche League, Ruth pursued her curiosity around the Major Fred Hargesheimer survival in Papua New Guinea, interviewing the Major and learning more about his experience and survival aided by the people of the Island who nursed him back to health with mothers’ milk.
Prompted to investigate further, in 1970 she headed to Papua New Guinea, New Britain Island with her 7-year-old son Sam to study the habits and diet of the indigenous tribes. She was later joined by her husband, mother-in-law and second son Stanislaus, and her husband began a newspaper on the Island and they remained for a year.
A return to Old Lyme Sill House was followed by her next adventure with the boys to visit Japan, and in 1976 with the children she travels to Dominica Island to study once again the indigenous people and diet. Her sojourn continues to Mexico, Central America, and Peru, schooling her children while on the odyssey.
Tragedy strikes in 1981 when her husband Samuel Coxe dies unexpectedly and she is threatened to lose her home on Sill Lane. Confronted by loss and the auction of her land on the horizon, she reaches out to California friend, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, for help. His actions aid her to legally keep her home and remain in the family homestead with her children.
An advocate for the organic movement, Ruth created a recipe for gluten-free, unleavened bread by sprouting wheat and rye berries. The bread called Sill House Bakery Essene Bread sold in New York City and Cambridgem Mass., at the first Whole Foods Markets, delivered by van from her Old Lyme kitchen. Her entrepreneurial skills and instinct put to use in her own kitchen helped her survive widowhood. Always referring to her husband in the most loving and devoted way.