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Doreen Elsie Nowotynski

September 7, 1918 January 5, 2008
Doreen Elsie Nowotynski
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Doreen Elsie Nowotynski St. Albans - Doreen Elsie Nowotynski, a former resident of Our Lady of Meadows died Saturday, January 5, 2008, at the age of 89. She died peacefully as a result of a series of recent illnesses. She is survived by her two daughters, Jane A. Berry and her husband, John of Fairfield and Dawn A. Piaseczny and her husband, Rick of Sheldon. She will also be remembered by six grandchildren; Jauna, Justin, Colleen, Kale, Bryan and, Margaret, as well as three great-grandchildren; Kelsey, Colin and Natalie. Doreen was born Doreen Phelps in Southern London on September 7, 1918. While living in England, she worked as a nanny and served as a Naval Intelligence Officer in the Royal Navy during World War II. Following her marriage to Joseph Andrek Nowotynski in 1945, she migrated to Manchester, New Hampshire. They moved to Burlington, Vermont in 1950, where they raised their children and spent the rest of their life together in the area. Upon retirement, they also had a home in Venice, Florida. Her husband Joseph died in March of 2004. During their life together they were lifelong members of the Episcopal Church in Vermont and Florida. Doreen was also a proud member of Eastern Star and Sica Court of the Lady Shriners. She was extremely proud of her British heritage , a member of the Overseas Wives Club and a collector of English China. She also was an avid letter writer and kept in contact with friends on both continents. Doreen was extremely proud of the Shrines= ability to help children, especially burn victims. During their lifetime together they worked diligently to forward Shriner sponsored charities and community services. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2008, at 3:00 P.M. in the Heald Funeral Chapel, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans with Lyle Willey, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Richford officiating. Interment will be this spring in the Nowotynski family lot in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. Doreen's family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 P.M. until the time of the service. As expression of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Shrine Hospital, Springfield Unit, 56 Canal Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01104. Messages of condolence and memories are welcome at

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