Melissa Konecny Albin, 42, of Durham, died at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford on Thursday, September 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Mark H. Albin.
Melissa was born in Bridgeport, January 23, 1971, the daughter of John and Patricia Lacroix Konecny of Shelton. A loving mother and wife, Melissa'a true gift was sharing her love of reading with children, first at libraries in Cheshire and North Haven, but ultimately as the Head of Children's Services at Durham Public Library. Over 10 years she cherished the opportunity to share her favorite stories with as many families as she could. Even through her illness, she spent as much time as she could helping in the library of Brewster Elementary School. Although not originally from Durham, Melissa was a very active member of the community that she loved.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her children, Ethan Bates and Olivia Bates; her stepchildren, Zachary Albin and Zoey Albin; her brothers, Douglas Konecny, Michael Konecny and his wife Lori and Kevin Konecny; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Connie Albin; and her nieces and nephews, Jack and Stella Konecny, Alex and Cameron Smith, Alex and Zachary Bates, and Ryan and Tyler Catapano.
Her family will receive relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. directly in St. Colman Church in Middlefield. Interment will be in Mica Hill Cemetery, Durham. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to the Bates / Albin Children's Education Fund, c/o The Wallingford Funeral Home 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford, www.wallingfordfh.com