September 3, 2015

Death of Former State Senator Eileen Daily Announced

Former State Senator Eileen Daily, whose death was announced today. CTNewsJunkie.com file photo.

Former State Senator Eileen Daily, whose death was announced today. CTNewsJunkie.com file photo.

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,

Read the full article by Christine Stuart and published July 30 on one of our Independent Media Network partners, CTNewsJunkie.com at this link.

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.”

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Death of Old Lyme Author, Caldecott Medal Winner Judith St.George Announced

Caldecott Medal winning book by Judith St. George, "So You Want to Be President"

Caldecott Medal winning book by Judith St. George, “So You Want to Be President”

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.

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Obituary: Margaret “Peggy” (Carter) Schodowski 05/12/15

Margaret "Peggy" (Carty) Schodowski and BB King.

A special memory for Margaret “Peggy” (Carty) Schodowski was meeting BB King.

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.
http://www.dolanfuneral.com/
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
www.albaquincy.com

Suggested memorials to theherofoundation.net or www.cancerfamilyrelieffund.org Online guestbook www.modetzfuneralhomes.com

The following obituary was published in The Patriot Ledger today at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/southofboston-ledger/obituary.aspx?n=margaret-schodowski&pid=174864050&fhid=4989

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.

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In Celebration Of A Life:   Obituary for Ruth Ann Brown Coxe           

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.

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Jane (Dunn) Wamester: 12/31/14

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Death of Old Lyme Resident Richard Blair Announced: Outdoorsman, Environmental Activist, Singer, Bridge Master

Richard Taylor Blair, 85, died on Nov. 19 of complications from a stroke.  The son of Vernon R. Blair and Sara Taylor, he grew up in White Plains, N.Y. and graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1950.  He was married to the former Diana Nebauer for 58 years.  They lived in Armonk, N.Y. for 30 years where they raised their family and pioneered the local recycling program.  Following in his father’s footsteps, Richard was a sales representative for the Heywood-Wakefield Co. and later became an independent rep. for various furniture manufacturers.

In 1991, he and his wife moved to Old Lyme where he had an active retirement.  Richard shared his loved of the out of doors with his family and continued to grow a large vegetable garden and fish with friends on Long Island Sound in his boat.  At the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, he and his wife started an environment committee and he also served as a deacon there.  In his eighties, inspired by his love of music, he joined the church choir and took private singing lessons.  He was also the treasurer of the Old Lyme Land Trust for two terms.  Richard was an accomplished duplicate bridge player, well known in local bridge circles.

He is survived by his wife, two children, Linda Sargent and James Blair and their spouses, John Sargent and Joanne Blair, two grandchildren, Sara and Eric Sargent and his mother-in-law Evelyn Nebauer.

He will be missed by his loving family and his many friends.  He was a man of integrity and lived his life with great appreciation, generosity of spirit, love and enthusiasm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Old Lyme Land Trust, Box 163 or the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, music fund, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or The American Chestnut Foundation at www.ACF.org.  There will be a memorial service at the church on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.

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Death of Dr. William H. “Bill” James, 104, Announced

Dr._William_JamesDr. William H.  “Bill” James, age 104, of North Branford, Connecticut, died peacefully on August 19, 2014.

 Blessed with long life, good health, and a strong work ethic, William was possibly Connecticut’s oldest military veteran, serving in May this year as Grand Marshall of his town’s Memorial Day events, at which he gave a speech.  He leaves a record of accomplishment, drive, intelligence, and widespread friends and affiliations.  Born in 1910 to John and May James, William came of pioneer stock and spent his childhood on rural farms.  Starting in the 1920’s, he and his mother traveled to Europe where each pursued educational opportunities, with William studying at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, before returning to the U.S. to attend and graduate from Brown University in 1933.

William held a variety of jobs before, during and after college.  He began his professional career during the Depression, working as a public school teacher in New Canaan CT.  Three years later he switched to the school system in Easton CT, where he began as a Teaching Principal in 1936 and advanced to increasing responsibility until interrupted by WWII, for which he volunteered and served in the Air Force (chiefly in India, China, and on Tinian Island), ultimately retiring as a Major.  Returning home after WWII, William resumed his work with the Easton schools while using the GI Bill to obtain his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.

William also married after the war, taking as his bride in 1950 the former Virginia Stowell of New Britain, CT, daughter of Austin and Doris Stowell of that city.   Promoted to Superintendent of Schools for Easton in 1953, William in 1958 relocated to the larger school system of Branford CT to become Superintendent of Schools there.  It was at  this time that he, Virginia, and their daughter Hillery moved to Northford CT where Hillery attended public schools and Virginia taught in the Wallingford school system. In 1966 William became an Associate Director of the Connecticut Commission for Higher Education, from which he retired in 1977.   He had also begun part-time college teaching in 1949 and continued until 1993 as an adjunct professor for several universities.  A long-time writer, William wrote newspaper columns during the 1930’s, writing about political and economic affairs, and he is the author of several books:  “The Monetarists and the Current Crisis” (1975), “The Monetarists and the Continuing Crisis” (1997) and “The Monetarists and the Evolving Crisis:  Wake Up, Americans, We are Losing our Great Nation” (2011).   From 2011 forward, William published occasional commentaries on public affairs. Besides writing, William stayed active with educational organization, Rotary International, the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), the American Legion, and the VFW, among others.  He was also an avid follower of local, national, and world events, enjoying several newspapers each day.  In addition to his work and writing, William enjoyed small-town America and invariably became “Bill” during his many decades of visiting Lyme CT, Halifax VT, or New Harbor, ME.   Some of his greatest pleasures were talking with friends, meeting new people, telling stories, working outdoors, or enjoying nature and wildlife.  Well remembering his own struggles with early poverty, the chaotic ’20’s, the Depression, and WWII, Bill was sympathetic to those who struggle against forces larger than themselves; at the same time, he was a strong advocate of hard work and continuous self-improvement, believing that such effort gave any individual his or her  best chance for a good life.  William was predeceased by his sister, Lucy Merrill James; by his father, John James; by grandson Yoni Chung; and by his mother, Dr. May Hall James, who became a prominent Connecticut educator, author of “The Educational History of Old Lyme Connecticut 1635-1935,” and a former Dean at Quinnipiac College (now Quinnipiac University).  William is survived by his wife, Dr. Virginia James of North Branford; by their daughter, Hillery, and son-in-law Chris Chung, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; and by his grandson, Doron Chung, of Sanford, Fl.  He is also remembered by numerous former students, associates, neighbors, and extended family members in multiple communities.

Family and friends are invited to go directly to the Northford Congregational Church on Saturday morning, August 23rd at 10:00 to attend a funeral service and are also invited to attend the committal services immediately following with full military honors in Northford Cemetery.  The visiting hours will be Friday, August 22nd from 4 to 7 pm at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, North Haven.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Northford Congregational Church Steeple Fund (Old Post Rd, Northford CT, 06472) or the Maine Sea Coast Mission Society (http://www.seacoastmission.org/).

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