New London - Myrona "Ronnie" Hodge passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
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Ronnie was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 24, to parents John Thomas Flood and Mildred Mae Gadsby. Ronnie attended numerous schools because of her father's Navy career and finally settled in New London. It was there she met the love of her life, Wesley Thomas Hodge, and married on April 28 ,1956. After her husband received his bacherlor's degree in education, they moved to Millington, N.J. where her husband was a teacher at Valley View School in Watchung Hills for 25 years. Ronnie was employed with the board of education at WHRHS. Ronnie and her husband loved to travel and had many family memories throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Ronnie returned to her beloved city of New London following the death of her husband, where she worked as a secretary for the athletic department at Mitchell College. To add to her resume, she became a member of the board of directors of Southeastern CT Special Olympics for nine years. She volunteered as an usher at Harkness and the Garde Arts theater summer programs. She was one of the founders of New London Main St., where she served on the board and was chair for the design committee. She was twice chair on the historic district and design review board. She also served as chair of Save Ocean Beach Foundation and was co-chair of the New London Beautification Committee. During the summers, she volunteered as a greeter at the New London trolley information station.
Ronnie was predeceased by her husband; and eldest son, Kevin Thomas Hodge.
She leaves behind her beloved son, Steven Douglas Hodge and his wife, Wendy; as well as her beautiful grandchildren, Paul, Kelly, Wesley, and Hayden; and her cherished pets, Charlie and Hobo. Ronnie also had cherished friendships with Wendy Amo, and Al Neiburg, who she considered family.
Her caring spirit touched many people and will forever live on.
Ronnie had many charities she believed in, so in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Connecticut Humane Society in Quaker Hill, or to the Covenant Shelter of New London.
The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published in The Day on June 16, 2013