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BIGLER, Lorinda Jennings

Lorinda Jennings Bigler of Vero Beach, FL, and West Hartford, wife of Harold E. Bigler, Jr., died on May 30, 2012 at 70 years of age after a year-long illness. Born January 27, 1942 in Bristol, CT, she was the daughter of Dorothy Miles Jennings and Miles Peck Jennings. She attended local schools. In her senior year at Bristol Eastern High School she was captain of the cheerleaders and gave her class' graduation speech. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Connecticut. Mrs. Bigler leaves her husband, Harold E. Bigler, Jr., one brother, Miles P. Jennings, Jr. of Bristol, CT, three nieces, Sarah D. Jennings, Katy J. Everett, and Rachel L. Jennings, and one nephew, Miles L. Jennings, as well as eight great-nephews and great-nieces. She and Hal Bigler were married for almost 32 years and she greatly enjoyed family life with Hal and his three children, J. Stephen Bigler, Diane B. Whatley, and William C. Bigler, and with Hal's seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. For many years, Lorinda and Hal hosted their family's Thanksgiving party at the Hartford Golf Club. In recent years about fifty cousins and close relatives counted on her to plan and host the event. Mrs. Bigler was a member of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford and served as an Honorary Trustee of the American Clock & Watch Museum of Bristol. Her keen interest in art led her to making major design and decorating contributions to the Lewis House of the Clock Museum. Her fourth-great uncle, Miles Lewis, built the house in 1801. Mrs. Bigler was a longstanding and significant supporter of the Nathan Hale Homestead. Her great-great uncle, George Dudley Seymour, had purchased the Hale farmhouse in 1914, supervised its restoration, and later bequeathed the Hale house to Connecticut Landmarks and the surrounding land to the State of Connecticut. Lorinda, or "Rinnie", as she was called, was a highly talented swimmer, dancer, skier, artist and golfer. As a young teenager she swam from her family's island on Lake Memphremagog in Quebec to the far shore, a distance of almost a mile. In recent years she has regularly played and competed in golf tournaments at the Hartford Golf Club and at the Moorings and Hawk's Nest golf clubs in Florida.
The memorial service will be held at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford on Friday, June 8, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Gary Smith will be officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial and committal service will be at the West Cemetery in Bristol at the convenience of the family. Following the memorial service, there will be a reception for family and friends at the Hartford Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to a charity of their own choosing. The Funk Funeral Home of Bristol is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 1, 2012
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