Death notice of Florence Deschamplain (1922 – 2020) – Newington, CT
On November 6, 2020, we said goodbye to our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Florence Evelyn Deschamplain, at the age of 98. She was born to the late Wilfred and Clara Manville in Providence, Rhode Island on June 13, 1922. Her formative years were spent in Burrillville, RI, where she was voted the most attractive student in her senior class at Burrillville. High School. Graduating in 1939, Florence worked as a secretary at the Walt Kaiser Shipyard in Providence, Rhode Island, during the difficult years of World War II, where she met the love of her life, Norman Deschamplain. They married in 1943 and, with a spirit of mutual love and adventure, moved to Connecticut where they purchased the historic Maple Ridge Farm on 4 acres of land in Farmington. Over the following years, starting in the mid-1960s, their collective vision of renovating the property materialized and became an oasis for friends and family. Florence was the epitome of grace, style, warmth and hospitality – opening her home and hosting countless gatherings, becoming the place to go for vacations and times of life’s celebration. Good humor, songs and laughter were the hallmarks of the âFarmington yearsâ. Florence began her professional career at Aetna Insurance Co., then moved to Pratt & Whitney / Chandler-Evans, as a key operator and quickly became one of the company’s first IBM IT operators. During her 30+ years at P&W, she has earned great respect for her expertise, dedication and has received numerous professional accolades from management and her peer group. A point of inspiration for her family, Florence often did her 45-minute “Mary Hart” exercise routine before going to work and never complained about working long hours, and could give the Energizer Rabbit a run for it. his money! Her grandson remarked that: âNana’s work ethic would make any man humble! In the mid-1980s, Norm & Flo received a knock on their door from representatives at Westfarms Mall who said they wanted to buy their house and land. It was an unexpected “out of the blue” offer to buy their Farmington farm. At first they weren’t interested, until the revealed offer turned out to be too good to refuse! Subsequently, they retired and moved to Wethersfield and often traveled and enjoyed cruises and vacations to a myriad of interesting destinations with relatives and next door neighbors, Bob and Claire Slattery. Several years later, they designed and built their “Dream Home” in Vero Beach, Florida, enjoying their golden years of retirement together traveling both nationally and from island to island with Carnival Cruises! Florence loved to garden, cook and entertain, but her greatest joy was her family, and always looked forward to welcoming her family and friends from the âNorthâ. After 60 years of marriage and Norman’s death in 2003, Florence returned to Connecticut to live with her daughter, Norma Neenan, with whom she loved shopping, dining and “The” Fitness – as she loved to do. reference. While in Farmington, she was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church and more recently of the Church of the Incarnation in Wethersfield. Her grandchildren said “Nana” was the kindest, strongest, most dynamic, selfless, caring and loving personality in their youth. Her smile could light up a room and her presence left indelible impressions that are truly appreciated on so many levels. Florence is survived by her daughter, Norma Neenan of Bristol and her son, Raymond Deschamplain and his wife Susan of Middletown. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Bruce LeBeau of Somerset, SD; Greg LeBeau and his wife Kerri from East Lyme; Matthew and his wife Atla DeChamplain from Berlin and Lauren Deschamplain from Middletown. Also; six great-grandchildren: Jack & Hannah LeBeau, Christopher & ESN-USN Jillian LeBeau and Tatum & Helene DeChamplain. She was predeceased by her sister Gloria Hebert. Florence was a wonderful and caring person with a generous and generous spirit and will be sadly missed. Our family would like to thank the administration and caregivers of Jefferson House in Newington, CT, for the skilled and exceptional care they provided in Florence, with a “thank you to Melissa, Pasquale and Genki”. Parents and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect Street, Wethersfield, followed by mass at 11 a.m. be private at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. For those wishing to make a gift in memory of Florence, instead of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the care of the Elizabeth Carlson Performing Arts Foundation of Bruce Carlson Trustee, 31 Franklin Circle, Newington, CT 06111. Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Newington Memorial, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington is in the service of his family. For online condolences, please visit www.duksa.net.
Posted by Hartford Courant on October 31, 2021.