April 25, 2014

Death Announced of Leon Machnik, Founder of Machnik Brothers

Leon Machnik

Leon Machnik

The death has been announced of Leon Machnik of Old Lyme and Hobe Sound, FL. He died on March 31, 2014, in Middletown.

Son of Polish immigrant parents Jozef and Paula (Makera) Machnik, Leon was born on Grassy Hill Road in Lyme on January 7, 1925. The family moved to what is now known as Mile Creek Farm in Old Lyme, where Leon lived his life and raised his family with his wife Eleanor (Spooner) who died in 2008.

Mr. Machnik attended Colby College and was a veteran of World War II. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps and was a B-24 pilot. He and his brother Tony founded Machnik Bros. Inc. General Contractors, in 1957. Together with his wife, they built Witch Meadow Lake Campsites, a family campground in Salem, CT

Mr. Machnik is survived by his children Judi Hahn and her husband Alan, and Todd Machnik and his wife Becky, all of Old Lyme. His cherished grandchildren Kristen Hahn, Abby Lynn Farmer and her husband Drew, Tom Machnik and his fiancee Kathleen Mathews, Kevin and Peter Machnik. He was predeceased by his siblings Helen Grimes, Mary Connors, Mildred McGowan, Julia Elliott, Tony Machnik and Paula Smith.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday April 4th at 11am in Christ The King Church, McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme. Burial with military honors will be in Duck River Cemetery.

To sign the online guest book, visitwww.fultontherouxoldlyme.com.

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Death Announced of Jean Washburn Hernandez, Florence Griswold Museum Board Member

Jean Hernandez

Jean Washburn Hernandez

Jean Washburn Hernandez died peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at her home in Essex Meadows in Essex, Connecticut. She was 93 years old.

Jean was born on September 20, 1920, in Brooklyn, NY, to Lawrence and Margaret Washburn and was the oldest of three sisters.  Raised in Montreal, Canada and Scarsdale, New York, she was the 4th generation of women in her family to graduate from Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, NY. After a childhood bout of polio, she attended Mt. Holyoke College where she contracted tuberculosis.  After recuperating in upstate NY and Arizona, she resumed her studies at the University of Arizona.

At the start of WWII Jean enlisted in the American Red Cross and served at an  Army Air Force Base in Arizona, at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts, Otis Field on Cape Cod, and at Washington DC’s St. Elizabeth Hospital.  In all locations she tended the returning wounded, particularly those impacted by psychological trauma.

Before the war she met her future husband, Silvio E. Hernandez in Havana, Cuba while staying with family friends.  She married him in 1946, when he returned from wartime service with the U.S. Army in Europe.  They first resided in New York but shortly after the births of their two children were sent by Westinghouse Electric to Madrid, Spain where they remained for 8 years.  From there they moved to Havana, her husband’s birthplace, a year before the Cuban Revolution.  After being witness to the tumultuous changes brought on by Castro’s policies, they fled in 1960, settling in Essex CT so as to be near Jean’s parents who had retired there.  She remained a resident of Essex for 54 years as an active and contributing member of the community.

Jean was a homemaker and dedicated volunteer.  She was on the Board of the Florence Griswold Museum, in Old Lyme, CT, where as a volunteer, she initiated and ran a successful travel program for the members of the Museum. She was President of the Essex Garden Club, on the Board of the Essex Library Association, and active with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, the Child and Family Agency of SE CT, and many other charitable and community organizations.  Jean and her husband loved to travel and together they enjoyed taking extended trips throughout the world.

Jean was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years and more recently by her gentle companion, George (Bud) Lethbridge.  She is survived by her daughter Margaret (Maggie) Hernandez of Key Biscayne, FL, son Robert (Laurie) Hernandez of Essex, CT and their sons Alexander and Christopher.

A memorial service will be held May 2, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, CT at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations can be made to the Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT, 06371

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Death Announced of Lyme’s ‘Doad’ Jewett

One of Lyme’s oldest and best-loved residents, Doris “Doad” Reynolds Jewett, died on Dec. 10, 2013, in Middletown.  She was born on April 11, 1913, in Lyme, the daughter of Donald and Katherine Reynolds.  Doad taught school in Lyme until her marriage to Charles S. Jewett in 1939.  She lived nearly all her life in the house where she was born on Hamburg Cove. In 1996 she wrote a book for her grandchildren called “Things Remembered” about her adventures growing up there. Click to read her full obituary.

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Barbara Eckhardt-Goodwin, Lyme Artist, Dies at 92

Self portrait by Barbara Eckhardt Goodwin.

Self portrait by Barbara Eckhardt Goodwin.

Barbara Eckhardt-Goodwin, artist, died Wednesday, December 4, at age 92.  She leaves her daughter, Georgiana Goodwin of Lyme, and granddaughter, Sophia Harvey of New York City.  She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Goodwin.

Born in Philadelphia on February 3, 1921, to Minette Robb Eckhardt and George Waldvogel Eckhardt, Barbara studied at the Art Students League in New York City, where she met and married fellow artist Harold Goodwin and dedicated her life to painting.  A sensitive and serious artist, her work has been collected internationally, appeared as murals, and reproduced on book jackets.  Her painting “November Water,” a landscape depicting Lyme’s Eightmile River, is part of the Florence Griswold Museum’s permanent collection.

Barbara began her career in New York and then moved to Montreal where, during the war, she painted and showed at the Montreal Museum of Art.  Post-war she and Harold returned to New York City, painting and running a portrait business.  When their daughter, Georgiana, was four, they purchased a home on Grassy Hill Road in Lyme from Impressionist painter Frank Vincent DuMond.

November Water by Eckhardt Goodwin.

November Water by Eckhardt Goodwin.

Barbara lived and worked from her home on Grassy Hill for more than 50 years. Harold painted there as well, also working as an artist/illustrator, serving as the first chairman of the board of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, and teaching drawing and History of Art. Harold passed away in 2001.

Last summer, after opening her studio for the Lyme Library’s Artists’ Studio Tour, part of the library’s centennial celebration, Barbara sold her Grassy Hill house and moved to her daughter’s house on Joshuatown Road, where she continued to paint daily until falling ill in late November.

Barbara died in the hospice unit at Middlesex Hospital.  There will be no public service but a celebration of her life and work will be held at the Florence Griswold Museum’s Marshfield House on December 28 from 3-5 p.m.

'Fish' by Eckhardt Goodwin.

‘Fish’ by Eckhardt Goodwin.

In her essay “A Long Look Back”, published in the Fall 2013 edition of the Florence Griswold Museum’s Ledger, Barbara wrote, “I honor the long, ever-changing tradition of Realism.  I must trust my thoughts about what I see.  And what I see is color.  As Proust said, we age upon the rising stilts of our past – until we fall.  So far, so good.”

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